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The Genealogy and Local History Department provides research-level resources including one of the nation’s largest and oldest genealogy collections.

Our Collection

The Library houses an extensive collection of African American history material such as southern plantation records on microfilm, the history of African American Civil War regiments, and U.S. Civil Rights Commission reports.

Highlights include: the complete U.S. federal census (1790–1930), passenger lists, city directories, military histories, maps, church and cemetery records, and enslaved person and freedmen records.

Services

Genealogy and Local History Department staff offers specialized reference assistance to all customers, from children and beginning genealogists to professional researchers and scholars. The department presents monthly tours, co-sponsors programs with the Hamilton County Genealogical Society, and will develop programs tailored to the needs of any size class or group, including family reunions. To schedule a program, contact the department in person, by phone, or email.

Related Library Resources

 

Staff Picks

African American History in Cincinnati

Read more about African American History in Cincinnati in these selections from our staff.

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The Library is preserving memories of the West End community through video recordings as part of the West End Stories Project.

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