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Genealogy & Local History at the Elyria Public Library

Ohio history and genealogy is located on the first floor of the central library. The Ohio Room's primary focus is local genealogy and history.

All items are reference and do not leave the library but can be found in the online catalog.

Available items are:

Photocopies can be made at .10 cents each.

Genealogy Links

Tracing family history is challenging but rewarding. Today it is both easier and more difficult than in the past because of the internet. Both paper sources such as those mentioned above and computers can be used in searches. Use of the library's internet computers located in the Reference Department is first come first served. Each user must have a library card or photo I.D. to use the computers. Following is a list of sites to help you get started.


Historic Oberlin Lorain County Cemeteries Lorain County Genealogy Lorain County Historical Society Lorain History Oberlin Heritage Center Old Lorain County Newspapers: 1860 - 1931 Western Reserve Historical Society Western Reserve Historical Society - Digital Cleveland History Center


Ohio's Death Index 1913-1944 Ohio Historical Society's Memory Project Ohio Obituaries at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center


African American Genealogy HeritageQuest Online Ellis Island Records Family Search (LDS Church) Find A Grave Rootsweb US Gen Web Project

Clevnet Genealogy Databases

Ancestry Library Edition Cleveland Necrology File Cleveland News Index Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps