We maintain an extensive collection of genealogy and local history resources, focusing on the Ravenna and Portage County area. These materials are located in our local history room on the library's second floor and can only be used inside the library.
We have staff and volunteers experienced in historical and genealogy research available to help you. If you have a historical or genealogical question, our librarians can help. If you need time to work one-on-one with a librarian, please schedule time in advance. Send your questions and inquiries to email@example.com Please make requests as specific as possible.
Some of these resources are available online and are linked to their sources. The rest can be referenced inside the library.
This well-known database with billions of records is available to you free inside the library. Use it at any computer workstation you choose but this database is available (free) only inside the library.
Explore your family history with the premier collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices for in-depth genealogical research from 1704 – today. HeritageHub helps you easily identify relatives, uncover new information and potentially unknown family members. Includes deep coverage from all 50 states, hard-to-find content from the mid 1900’s, and original obituary images. Access is available 24/7 from this website.
Ohio Genealogical Society The largest state genealogical society in the United States.
Ohio Death Records Index Includes a searchable death index for persons who died in Ohio.
Ohio History Connection A readily accessible, online resource that documents Ohio's natural history, prehistory, and history through encyclopedic-style entries.
Western Reserve Historical Society The largest privately supported regional historical society in the nation.
Akron Beacon Journal Newspaper Obituary Index - covers 1937 to present
Cleveland Necrology File and News Index Contains cemetery records and newspaper death notices gathered by the staff of the Cleveland Public Library.
Chronicling America U.S. Newpaper Index This index will help you find out where microfilmed newspapers are located.
Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database Contains facts about servicemen who served on both sides during the Civil War.
Ellis Island Foundation Provides a search on immigrants passing through Ellis Island, New York, between 1892 and 1954.
Family Search Provides a fully searchable list of over 400 million names dating back to the 1500's.Free membership required.
Rootsweb Connects people to share genealogical research.
USGenWeb Project Volunteers working together to provide free access to genealogical research in every county of the United States.