Genealogy and People Search


The Ohio Obituary Index provides an index to over 2,850,000 obituaries, death and  marriage notices, and other sources from Ohio from the 1810s to the present day.  The Lorain Public Library is an indexing partner; we have contributed over 70,000 obituary records to the Ohio Obituary Index.  The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, located in Fremont, Ohio, maintains this growing database of obituary information.

Ancestry - Library Edition
The library edition of can only be used inside a CLEVNET library building using a library computer. When you click on this link be ready to scroll down the list of research databases to click on Ancestry Library Edition. This version provides easy access to more than 4,000 genealogy databases with a single search. Coverage focuses primarily on the United States and the United Kingdom, although other areas are covered. Databases include the complete U.S. Census & Index (1790-1940), vital, church, court, and immigration records. The Map Center contains more than 1,000 historical maps. Other notable collections include Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Books; Social Security Death Index (updated monthly); WWI Draft Registration Cards; Federal Slave Narratives; and a strong Civil War collection. Databases are updated continuously as new information becomes available.

Canadian Vital Records Archives
National Archives of Canada.

Census Links
Links to Census websites - National Archives and foreign censuses.

Cleveland Necrology File
The website is provided by Cleveland Public Library. It includes notices published in the following newspapers: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - 1850-1975; The Cleveland Herald - 1833, 1847-1848, 1876, 1878-1879; The Cleveland Press - 1941-1975.

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
"Your genealogy starting point online for more than a decade!" International links are an added plus on this website.

Death Records Checklist
The Genealogy Blog offers information about ten places to look for a death record.

DNA Tests Comparison
Who are you? Where did your ancestors come from? Do you have relatives that you never knew existed? These are some of life’s biggest mysteries, and thanks to scientific breakthroughs over the last few years, you can now fill in more of your ancestry puzzle than ever before. We are talking about the magic of DNA testing, which has added an exciting element to tracing your family’s roots.

Ellis Island
Explore a vast database of 51 million + passenger records.

Describes itself as the largest collection of free family history, family tree and genealogy records in the world.

Find a Grave

Millions of cemetery records are provided.

Genealogy Resources at the Lorain Public Library

The Main Library Special Collection includes Lorain city directories and telephone directories, many printed local history and genealogy reference resources as well as microfilm editions of the Lorain newspapers going back to the late 1890s. Telephone 440-244-1192 to speak to a librarian at the reference desk.

HeritageQuest Online (through the CLEVNET Research page)
HeritageQuest combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular UMI Genealogy & Local History collection & other valuable content. You must have a CLEVNET library card for access to this database outside a CLEVNET library. When you click on this link be ready to scroll down the list of research databases to click on HeritageQuest.

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild
A source for locating passenger lists from many different ports to America since Colonial times and immigration-related materials.

Lorain County Cemeteries
Link to Lorain County Genealogists page on Cemeteries in Lorain County, showing listings compiled from headstones and cemetery records as well as locations of cemeteries.

Lorain County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogy Society
Links to local genealogy organizations.

Military Personnel Records
More than 6 million military personnel records available from the National Archives' Personnel Records Center for military personnel who served and left military service before 1946.

New England Historic Genealogical Society
Full access is by subscription only but the New England Historic Genealogical Society website does provide some free information.

Ohio Birth & Death Records
The Lorain County General Health District issues Ohio birth and death certificates.

Ohio Gravestone Photos
Welcome to the Ohio Gravestone Photo Project! The mission of this project is to capture digital images of gravestones of our ancestors. As decades pass-- many stones in Ohio cemeteries are becoming harder, if not impossible, to read the inscriptions they originally contained.

Online Searchable Death Indexes & Records
A directory of online death indexes by state and county. Includes death records, death certificate indexes, death notices & registers, obituaries, probate indexes, & cemetery & burial records.

Roots Web
Full access by subscription only. The primary purpose and function of is to connect people so that they can help each other and share genealogical research.

Start Your Genealogy Research at the National Archives
The National Archives web site has very few actual records online. The web site's focus is on articles and information on how to conduct in-person research in the different types of records, along with finding aids, such as microfilm indexes.

U S GenWeb
The US GenWeb Project is a group of volunteers working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.

United States Vital Records Information
Information on how to obtain birth, death, marriage, and divorce records.

Veterans Records Request
The online military personnel records request system allows you to customize an order form to mail in to request information from your, or your relative's, military personnel records.

Western Reserve Historical Society - Genealogy Resources
A wealth of resources for genealogy research, including seminars and classes, outstanding collections and more.

People Searching

Pipl - A People Search Engine
This website describes itself as "The most comprehensive people search on the web".

Salvation Army Missing Persons Search Service
The prime purpose of The Salvation Army's Missing Person Service is to reunite people in families who wish to find each other.

Social Security Death Index
From the SSDI from 1935-2014. 

Census and Population Information

Northern Ohio Data and Information Service (NODIS)
A guide to online demographic and economic data for Ohio, especially post-1990 data tables and area profiles.

State and County Quick Facts
Access to facts about people, businesses and geography. You can search by state then county.

US Census Bureau Homepage
Includes a frequently asked questions section.

Lorain Public Library Guidelines to Genealogy Request

Guidelines for Answering Local History and Genealogy Requests