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Unlock the fascinating world of genealogy with Ancestry Library Edition, a powerful tool ProQuest offers in partnership with


Black people in America have a rich and diverse genealogy and family history that spans centuries and continents but also a painful legacy of slavery and oppression. Many African-American ancestors were forcibly brought to the New World and faced exploitation and violence. As a result, tracing their ancestry is often challenging due to the lack of reliable records or documentation. However, many Black people have not given up on their quest to discover their roots and origins and have used genealogy research platforms, such as, to find their ancestors’ names, stories, and places of origin.

The Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library proudly provides access to this extensive free genealogical collection, offering abundant resources that can captivate history enthusiasts and family researchers alike.


Discover Family Roots

Embrace the power of Ancestry Library Edition as it unravels the mysteries of family history. Its user-friendly interface allows the database to search through categories like Military, Immigration, Birth, Death, and Marriage. The collection even includes yearbooks from across the United States, offering images of ancestors. One precious feature is the Suggested Records tool, which quickly leads to records relevant to an individual’s search.


Unlock Family Heritage

Let the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library be a gateway to the fascinating world of genealogy. Discover Ancestry Library Edition and embark on an enchanting journey to explore family history. Uncover family stories, connect with ancestors, and build a family tree. Don’t miss the opportunity to delve into heritage and uncover the rich tapestry of biographical and genealogy records.



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How To Get Access?

Ancestry Library Edition is free for all Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library patrons. Since access to the database is exclusive to library locations, patrons don’t need a library card to use it. Just drop by any library branch and request assistance from the helpful librarians. Remember that there might be restrictions on the number of daily records one can view.


What is Ancestry Library Edition?

Ancestry Library Edition is one of the most prominent genealogical collections. It boasts a vast array of records of interest to genealogists from the United States and around the globe. This comprehensive collection includes:

  • Census Records
  • Vital Records
  • Immigration records
  • Military Records
  • Family histories
  • Directories
  • Photographs
  • Maps




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Explore More Resources at the Library

Ancestry Library Edition is not the only genealogy resource the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library offers. The Library houses an extensive collection of African-American history material, such as southern plantation records on microfilm, Death records and obituaries, church records, the history of African-American Civil War regiments, and U.S. Civil Rights Commission reports.

In addition, the Library also has a rich collection of local history and genealogy materials that can complement your online research:

  • Indexes: Locate information about ancestors in various sources. For example, find vital records or search for newspaper articles.
  • Digitized Collections: Digitized unique and rare collections, making them accessible online. Browse through historical photographs, maps, manuscripts, newspapers, and more.
  • Searchable Databases: Several databases that provide access to genealogical records from various regions and periods.
  • Archives: Valuable records and documents related to local family history and genealogy. View original materials such as city directories, atlases, scrapbooks, and manuscripts.
  • Microfilm: An extensive collection of microfilm that covers various aspects of local and national history and ancestor genealogy and contains records such as newspapers, books, magazines, and journals. Some microfilm collections are indexed, meaning they have a guide or a list that helps you locate the needed information. Search for the microfilm collections in the library catalog or ask the librarians for assistance.
  • Censuses:  Records from various countries and periods that can help with genealogical research. Census records can provide valuable information about ancestors, such as their names, birthplaces, family members, residences, and occupations. Use census records to trace a family’s migration patterns and changes.

Beginners or experienced genealogists can find a wealth of information and tools to help you with your genealogical research at the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library. Visit their website or contact them to learn more about their genealogical resources and services. Use their family search feature to find records from other libraries and archives worldwide. With Ancestry Library Edition and other resources, discover one’s ancestors and embrace heritage.



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About the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library

The Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library has one library card and 41 locations to serve the public. CHPL’s mission is to connect people with the world of information, and it believes libraries are the incubators of community.

CHPL’s specific approach to embodying this mission is captured in its beliefs and was initially developed to guide CHPL’s marketing efforts, but they capture values reflected throughout the organization.


About is a website that helps you discover your family history and genealogy. Ancestry records are searchable for one’s ancestors’ records, create a family tree, and take a DNA test to find your ethnic origins and living relatives. has the world’s most extensive online family history records, with billions of documents and photos from various sources. offers a free trial for 14 days, after which one can choose a subscription plan that suits their needs.


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