Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

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Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
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Contact Information[edit | edit source]

E-mail:[1]  Ask a Reference Question


Main Library
800 Vine Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-2009

Telephone:[2]  genealogy 513-369-6905, or general 513-369-6900

Hours of the Genealogy Dept:[3]
Mon-Wed 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu-Sat: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sun: 1 pm - 5 pm
Holiday closings

Map, directions, and public transportation:

  • Parking:  Parking is available at metered on-street spaces and at several pay garages or surface lots within a short walking distance of the Library. The closest city garage is the Garfield Garage located on the south side of Ninth Street between Vine and Race Streets.[4]
  • Public transportation: Most Cincinnati Metro bus routes stop within 3 blocks of the Main Library. Routes 6, 14X, 15X, 17, 19, 20, 21, 23X 24, 25, and 67 stop next to the Library.

Internet sites and databases:

  • Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County books-music-movies, research, programs, news, about us, services, catalog, kidspace, teenspace, and makerspace.
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    Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County catalog search online by keyword, title, author, series, subject, family surname, call number, or government document number. Also available on WorldCat.
  • Main Library - Genealogy and Local History Department about them, the collection, and services.
  • Inland Rivers Library Covers flatboats, keelboats, steamboats, and diesel-powered vessels, including books and pamphlets about specific rivers, river transportation history, souvenir booklets on floods, directories of packets and steamboats, riverboat travel brochures, river guides, navigation charts, freight books, diaries, logbooks, scrapbooks, crew registers, passenger lists, maps, and 8,000 photos.
  • Veterans History Project and database: veterans of World War I, World War II, and the Korean, Vietnamese, and Persian Gulf Wars as well as civilians who served in support of the veterans.
  • Sites by Subject - Genealogy Internet links to research databases, general sites, adoption, African American, blogs, census, greater Cincinnati genealogy, immigration, international, libraries-archives-organizations, military genealogy, Native American, vital records.

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

A top genealogy and local history collection of early Ohio sources. This includes the Inland Rivers Library  of the Ohio River and its tributaries (riverboat traffic between Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Louisville, Kentucky) in Special Collections.[5] The main genealogy collection includes local history and culture such as African Americans (slaves and freedmen), early pioneers, and 19th century police reports, complete U.S. federal census (1790–1930), passenger lists, city directories, military histories, maps, church and cemetery records. Resources from all 50 states and many foreign countries are also available.[3]

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.[6] Includes Northwest Territory (Ohio) papers.
  • National Archives at Chicago old federal court and agency records for Ohio, U.S. federal censuses 1790–1940; military service and pension indexes, passenger lists, naturalizations,, HeritageQuest, Fold3.[7]
  • Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, premier periodical collection, including Ohio genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, and passenger lists.[8]
  • Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, a large repository with genealogies, local histories, censuses, military, land, indexes, vital records, court, and tax records mostly from the Mississippi Valley, eastern seaboard, Canada, and the British Isles.[9]
  • Ohio History Connection, Columbus, serves as the state archives. Excellent manuscript collection for government, land, and military records. Also has biographies, genealogies, and vital records.[5] [10]
  • State Library of Ohio, Columbus, has good records of Ohio, and of states like Pennsylvania, New York, and the states of New England which all contributed early immigrants to Ohio.[5]

Similar Collections

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. Ask a Reference Question in Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (accessed 9 March 2015).
  2. 2.0 2.1 About Us - Main Library in Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (accessed 9 March 2015).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Main Library - Genealogy and Local History Department in Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (accessed 9 March 2015).
  4. Main Library Directions in Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (accessed 9 March 2015).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 5.9 William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 89. At various repositories (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 J54d.
  6. Information for Researchers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC in National Archives (accessed 31 December 2013).
  7. Genealogy in National Archives at Chicago (accessed 27 February 2014).
  8. Genealogy Center Collections in Genealogy Center (accessed 27 February 2015).
  9. Genealogy and Local History in The Newberry (accessed 27 February 2015).
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 Ohio Network of American History Research Centers in Ohio History Connection (accessed 28 February 2014).
  11. Genealogy in National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (accessed 5 March 2015).
  12. Discover the Collection at Library and Archves Canada (accessed 6 August 2013).