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Local History and Genealogy Tools

African American Heritage
Comprehensive mix of resources, records and tools geared to African American genealogy.
America's Obituaries and Death Notices
A large collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices from around the country.
Ancestry Library Edition
One of the largest collections of genealogical databases online. IN LIBRARY USE ONLY.
Central Ohio Buildings
An index to articles, books and visuals about historic Columbus buildings.
Chronicling America
Access to information about historic American newspapers.
Columbus News Index
An index of news articles of local interest from 1960-1997 and obituaries from 1931-1997.
Columbus News Index - Obituary Search
An index to obituaries from central Ohio news publications, 1932-1997.
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites
A comprehensive, categorized list of links to genealogical research websites.
FamilySearch
Millions of records and free how-to resources from the Latter Day Saints.
Find A Grave
One of the best sites for locating cemeteries and finding where our ancestors are buried.
Fold3
Discover your family’s past through millions of military and genealogical records.
Franklin County Gravestone Photos and Indexes
Central Ohio cemetery histories, burial indexes and gravestone photographs.
HeritageQuest
Access more than 7.5 million pages of genealogical resources.
National Archives & Records Administration's Genealogy Page
One of the largest collections of genealogy information in the U.S.
Ohio Death Certificate Index
Index to Ohio death certificates, 1913-1944.
Ohio Genealogical Society
Ohio Genealogical Society maintains a collection of Ohio resources for research.
Ohio History Central
Dynamic online encyclopedia about Ohio history.
Ohio History Connection
The Ohio History Connection, formerly Ohio Historical Society, serves as our State Archives.
Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records
A directory of U.S. online death indexes listed by state and county.
Researching House History in Columbus
Get the tools you need to learn your home's history.
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
A searchable interface for locating historical maps of Ohio towns and cities.
State Library of Ohio
Special census records, military rosters, and other documents related to the state of Ohio.
USGenWeb Project
Links to genealogical websites for every state, including Ohio, and most U.S. counties.
WorldGenWeb Project
Genealogical and historical records and resources from around the world.