Friday, January 15, 2010

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy: Week 2

A prompt from We Tree, "52 Weeks to Better Genealogy," hosted by Geneabloggers, has challenged bloggers to examine the local history, archives and/or special collections section. A library that Ohio genealogists, Graveyard Rabbits, and anyone researching their family heritage would find helpful is the Sandusky Library, close to the shores of Sandusky Bay in Erie County, Ohio. The Sandusky Library is dear to my heart, as I have worked there on and off since I was age 18 years old. (Let’s just say that I began working there long ago….) The items that I find especially helpful for local history and genealogy are:

High School Yearbooks

Sandusky City Directories

Bound issues of the Firelands Pioneer, which features journal articles about early Erie and Huron County residents.

The many computers housed in the Lower Level of the Sandusky Library provide access to Ancestry Library Edition as well as Heritage Quest.

The Archives Research Center of the Sandusky Library houses a multitude of photographs

as well as

newspapers, local government records, and cemetery records on microfilm.

The Sandusky Library features a local history blog.

The Follett House Museum has several multimedia links.

Another library that is close to Erie County is the Library of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center at Spiegel Grove in Fremont, Ohio. The library has an amazing local history and genealogy collection.

The Obituary Index, housed at the website of the Hayes Presidential Center is invaluable for anyone looking for obituaries in Ohio.

Consider visiting these libraries in you are in the northern section of Ohio, but if you cannot go there in person, stop by their web sites.

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