Category Archives: Research Tools

New Records Available for Research Online

Thanks to our dedicated volunteers and staff, two more sets of death records have been added to our online Death Certificate Index. That’s over 35,000 new records for you to search! Columbus Death Certificates, 1904-1908. Previously unavailable, the Columbus Death … Continue reading

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“Ain’t I a Woman?” Sojourner Truth’s Famous Speech in the Newspapers

On May 28-29, 1851, a Women’s Rights Convention was held in Akron, Ohio, to rally support for women’s suffrage. That year, Ohio was holding a Constitutional Convention, and petitions were being collected across the state asking the legislature to give … Continue reading

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“Killed by Pitched Ball”: Finding Ray Chapman on Chronicling America

On August 16, 1920, at the Polo Grounds in New York, Raymond “Ray” Chapman, star shortstop of the Cleveland Indians, stepped into the batter’s box in the fifth inning to face surly New York Yankees pitcher, Carl Mays. Mays had … Continue reading

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Guest Post: About Hymnary.org

Hymnary.org is an online hymn and worship music database for worship leaders, hymnologists, and amateur hymn lovers alike. It is a project of the Christian Classics Ethereal Library and the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship in partnership with The Hymn … Continue reading

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Who Is Margaret Garner?

The Story of a Fugitive Mother Who Killed to Protect Her Child from Slavery In 1987, Ohio-born writer Toni Morrison published Beloved. The famous novel tells the story of former slave Sethe and her daughter living in post-Civil War Cincinnati. … Continue reading

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Chronicling America’s 5 Millionth Page!

More Ohio Newspapers Now Available on Library of Congress Website Chronicling America just added its five millionth historic newspaper page! With this latest update to the Library of Congress website, over 5.2 million pages from 801 newspapers representing 25 states … Continue reading

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Come See the ScanPro 2000

The Archives Library has gone high tech with the purchase of a ScanPro 2000, our first digital microfilm reader/printer/scanner. In addition to being more reliable than our aging analog reader/printers, the ScanPro 2000 has some cool features we think our … Continue reading

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County Office Research: Focus on the County Auditor & the County Recorder

Have you ever wondered how or why records in a county office were created? The county auditor and recorder offices create a variety of records that help us understand where and how our ancestors were living. Finding an ancestor documented … Continue reading

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Family History Research: How to Find Naturalization Records

Interested in genealogy? Just getting started? Been at it for years? Join us at the Ohio History Center this Saturday, September 8, from 10am to noon, for the Genealogy Workshop: How to Find Naturalization Records. The United States is influenced by … Continue reading

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New Catalog is Online

The new Online Collections Catalog is in operation! Here are a few tips for using the system: 1. We recommend searching both databases– Library and Archives — to get the most accurate reflection of our holdings on a particular topic. … Continue reading

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