The Avon Lake Public Library has a rich and varied local history and genealogy collection that includes books, manuscripts, photographs, school and community newspapers, scrapbooks, yearbooks, maps, family histories, realia, video and sound recordings. The collection dates from the late 1800s to the present.
If you have an item of local historical interest that you would like to lend or donate to the Library, please contact us or submit it digitally here.
Note: Items in the collection do not circulate. Duplicate copies may be available for checkout in the circulating collection.
Learn how to get started on your family history research by clicking on the link below.
Ancestry Library Edition
Bringing together billions of historical records, millions of family trees, and millions of enthusiastic family researchers. Search through about 10,000 terabytes of data, including records detailing births, marriages, deaths, military service, immigration and much more. You must use a Library computer to access this database.
African American Heritage
A comprehensive mix of genealogical information resources, records, and tools specifically pertaining to African Americans. Search essential historical records including, Federal Census, Marriage and Cohabitation Records, Registers of Slaves Free(d) Persons of Color, and more
Your FREE genealogy starting point online for more than 23 years! More than 336,000 categorized and cross referenced links for family history! Cyndi's List is intended to be the starting point for your genealogical research online.
Comprehensive genealogy site from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. ALPL is a FamilySearch Affiliate Library. Access to digital genealogical collections that are otherwise not available outside the library are available on public computers. Non-affiliate records are available from home and on WiFi.
*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.