Genealogy, History and Biography


History and Biography

  • Biography Reference Bank* – Biographies, obituaries, and photographs of thousands of individuals, both living and deceased.  Full-text articles from more than 100 volumes of biographical reference books published by H. W. Wilson, plus thousands of profiles licensed from other respected publishers. Updated monthly.
  • Ohio History Central Online Encyclopedia – Information about Ohio’s natural history, prehistory, and history.  A product of the Ohio History Connection.
  • Ohio Memory Project – More than 75,000 primary source documents in Ohio history.  A collaborative program of the Ohio History Connection and the State Library of Ohio.
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps* – Large-scale street plans, including building outlines, property boundaries, and building use; produced by the Sanborn Map Company from 1867 to the present.

*Database access is funded by OPLIN’s Ohio Web Library for all Ohio residents, while some resources are provided by Avon Lake Public Library for our cardholders and visitors. All of these resources will work on computers inside our Library, but you will need a library card to access them from home or elsewhere.

**You must use a Library computer to access this database.