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Genealogy Resources

Explore your family history with our online genealogy resources, free with your library card. No library card? No problem. Get one now

We also invite you to expand your genealogy research at our Fairview Park Branch, where we maintain a collection of nearly 6,000 books, 100 journals and newsletters, and thousands of microforms. 

Questions about accessing our digital collection and electronic resources? Ask us online


Ancestry Library Edition  |  Heritage Quest  |  Forms  |  Events  |  Recommended Resources  |  Memory Lab  | Recommended Websites

CER_Website-InLine-Graphics_.pngExplore your roots with Library Edition 

This premium genealogy resource includes billions of searchable census, immigration, military and court records, expert research tips and a variety of downloadable forms and charts and to help you fill in branches of your family tree. New records are added daily. 

At-home access to Ancestry Library Edition will expire on December 31, 2021. In-branch access is available. 

Pro tip: Has your genealogy research hit a roadblock? Ask the community for help. boasts a massive online community and more than 198,000 message boards where you can connect with fellow genealogists to share tips and strategies.   


CER_Website-InLine-Graphics_2.pngDiscover your family history with HeritageQuest 

HeritageQuest offers free access to's massive archive of records, census maps and a variety of tips and tricks to help get past research roadblocks. Other features include access to the Library of Congress Photo Collection (1840-2000), civil registration records and obituaries from all over the world, and wills and probate records. 

With easy-to-use tools, and convenient in-library or remote access, it’s easy to see why HeritageQuest continues to be one of the most recommended resources by family history publications and genealogists.




We recommend using these free downloadable forms to help keep your genealogy research and family tree well organized. 

Pedigree Chart
Family Group Sheet
Research Log


If you like Library Edition and HeritageQuest, give these resources a try. 

America’s Obituaries & Death Notices
Cleveland District Round Table 
— Find genealogical society activities in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain and Medina counties.
Cleveland Memory Project  An online collection of digital photos, texts, oral histories, videos and other local history resources built by the Michael Schwartz Library at the Cleveland State University in collaboration with a host of community partners around Northeast Ohio.
The Cleveland Necrology File and Cleveland News Index — The Cleveland Necrology File includes death notices from The Cleveland Plain Dealer (1850-1975), The Cleveland Herald (1833, 1847-1848, 1876, 1878-1879) and The Cleveland Press (1941-1975). The Cleveland News Index includes death notices and obituaries from The Cleveland Plain Dealer (1976-2014) and The Cleveland Press (1976-1982). 
Cleveland Public Library 
Cuyahoga County Archives
Fold3 History & Genealogy Archives 
Historical Marriage License Index — Lists brides and grooms from 1810 to April 1998 through the Cuyahoga County Probate Court.
Ohio Memory Online Scrapbook
The Plain Dealer Obituaries
Western Reserve Historical Society


CCPL-Thumbnails_Memory-Lab-13.pngThe Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Memory Lab

Located at our South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Memory Lab is a unique "do-it-yourself" space where visitors can learn how to access, digitize and share old videos, audio recordings, photographs and slides. The Memory Lab is a tremendous resource for genealogists interested in digitizing their family history to share with relatives and friends. The South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch also offers an audio recording studio that's perfect for recording and sharing oral histories.  




Continue your family history journey with these recommended websites.

Castle Garden Records  Find information on 10 million immigrants who arrived from 1830 to 1892, the year Ellis Island opened.
Cyndi's List — A smorgasbord of tutorials, message boards, social networking sites and other free stuff for genealogists.
DNA Weekly — This site rates the top DNA kits on the market and provides in-depth information on how they work. 
Ellis Island Records  Search and view passenger lists of the 20 million immigrants who arrived here between 1892 and 1954.
Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild — Offers transcribed lists of passengers arriving in the United States on more than 4,000 ships.
FamilySearch — A mammoth genealogy site created and maintained by the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints.
Linkpendium  The definitive directory to genealogical resources on the web.
National Archives and Records Administration  Because the National Archives’ records come from every branch of the federal government, almost all Americans can find themselves, their ancestors or their community in the archives.
One-Step Webpages by Steve Morse  Employ this search utility for dramatically improved results on more than 100 genealogy websites.
Rootsweb  The oldest and largest free genealogical website contains searchable databases and maintains thousands of mailing lists, bulletin boards and surname lists.
Ship Passenger Lists and Records Online  An inventory of passenger lists and records, including domestic and international arrivals and departures.United States passenger lists & records (arrivals international passenger lists.
USGenWeb Project  A clearinghouse for local genealogical information such as transcribed (copied) marriage, obituary and tombstone information. Visitors may post questions and requests for assistance with like-minded researchers.  Provides instructions for ordering vital records (birth, marriage, death, divorce) from every U.S. state.
WorldGenWeb Project  The international counterpart to The US GenWeb Project.
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