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  • Cleveland Cemetery Index - Interment records for City of Cleveland-owned cemeteries are available online.
  • "Forgotten Ashes" online database - Every year, cremated remains go unclaimed. A funeral director in PA has partnered with Oregon State Hospital to provide info via
  • Law signed to open birth records of Ohio adoptions - Dec. 2013, a bill was signed into law to allow adoptees, when they reach adulthood, to gain access to their adoption records.
  • Social Security Death Index - Limited access - Dec. 2013, U.S. Senate voted to close off access to the Social Security Death Master File until three years after an individual's death. medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheLegalGenealogist+%28The+Legal+Genealogist%29
  • Virginia vital records available at Dept. of Motor Vehicle office - As of Mar. 1, 2014 DMV is allowed to issue birth certificates. Jan. 1, 2015, to issue certified copies of death, marriage & divorce records. Privacy restrictions are still in place.
  • Macon, Georgia Riverside Cemetery database is online.
  • City of Cleveland Cemetery burial records relocated - Records for the Highland Park Cemetery and the City of Cleveland Cemeteries are housed at Camp George Forbes, 216-348-7210.
  • Find a Grave
  • Grave Locator for Cuyahoga County, OH
  • Marietta, OH Cemeteries to be catalogued by volunteers. Data will be compiled and posted online.

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  • Library, Archive and Society Resources -
  • African American History Collection at Library of Congress - "The HistoryMakers" video archive; interviews on the U.S. black experience about life, history, culture, struggles and achievements.
  • GenForum ends September 30
    GenForum is the message board system of (which is closing down Sept. 30). The boards, dating back to the 1990s, won't go away--but will be read-only (no more comments/queries can be posted). So, last chance to review, correct entries or reach out to users.
  • Ohio Historical Society Changes Name to Ohio History Connection - for info on the 1.9 million+ artifacts in its collection, go to:
  • Allen County Library and Find My Past to enhance PERSI (Periodical Source Index), the most widely used subject index for genealogical and local history.
  • Cleveland Public Library is a FamilySearch affiliate library - Patrons can order microfilm from the Family History Library (FHC) in Salt Lake City, UT for viewing at CPL downtown branch. Order online at CPL: 216-623-2864 or
  • NARA documents are available digitally - Order National Archives and Records Administration documents online at or call 800-234-8861.

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  • Fold3 military records available at Cuyahoga County Libraries - Fold3 History & Genealogy Archives is an online repository for original historical documents and accessible with a library card through the county library system.
  • Black Civil War Soldiers at Woodland Cemetery, Cleveland OH - African American notables include Lucy Bagby Johnson (one of the last fugitive slaves returned to the South), and Blacks who served in the Civil War USCT.
  • DD-214s are online - Veterans can gain access to their DD 214s from The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) at
  • USCT Personal War Sketches - PA - Personal stories of over 275 Civil War soldiers and sailors told in their own words, who served with the United States Colored Troops, lived in Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania and members of the Grand Army of the Republic.
  • Unclaimed Civil War Medals - 45th U.S. Colored Infantry, West VA - Of the 220+ black soldiers assigned to West VA, many medals remain unclaimed at the West Virginia State Archives.


  • is a search engine that searches only historical, digitized newspapers. Search for free across many newspaper sites simultaneously.
  • Plain Dealer Historical database (1845-1991) is available to patrons at all Cleveland Public Library locations and to CPL cardholders from home. This newspaper collection offers full page and article images, with searchable full text.
  • African American Newspapers - At, users can access a 'single portal' on the Internet to link to active African American newspaper sites from across the United States.
  • Black Newspapers Forum - (Tim Pinnick)
  • Waunakee Public Library Wisconsin has town newspapers online 1896-2006.

    Photos / Technology
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  • National Archives (Library of Congress) photo collection -
  • Dead Fred - Genealogy Photo Archive -
  • North American English Dialects web site - Contains hundreds of audio & video samples of speech (pronunciation patterns/accents) from across North America:

    Projects / Events
    Tri-C hands on

  • Cuyahoga County Archives is relocating from Franklin Boulevard, Cleveland OH. Volunteers are needed to help clean before their mid-2015 move - See Cleveland District Roundtable - Activities of Genealogical Interest
  • PBS series "Finding Your Roots" with Henry Louis Gates. For video clips, full past episodes, and previews, go to:
  • 2015 FGS conference combines with RootsTech February 12-14, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • & FamilySearch to get more records online - The two largest providers of family history resources will work together over five years to digitize, index and publish 1 billion global records from the FamilySearch vault. 2013/09/ancestrycom-and-familysearch-to-make-a-billion-global-records-available-online/
  • Cuyahoga County Estate Files - FamilySearch contracted with Cuyahoga Co. Probate Court to image records from the 1880's-1935. Volunteers are needed to prepare documents for imaging at the downtown Cleveland Probate Court.

    Black History

  • Free African Americans of Virginia, No. Carolina, So. Carolina, Maryland and Delaware - / For historical summary of book, see also
  • - Book and CD catalog -
  • Akron-Summit County (OH) Public Library electronic Newsletter - Obtain "Past Pursuits" by contacting the library at 330-643-9030 or e-mail
  • Fort Wayne electronic Newsletter - Obtain from
  • Negro Motorist Green Book, 1949 - An interesting compilation of hotels, boarding houses, restaurants, beauty shops, barber shops, and other services recommended for Negro travelers during a heavy segregationist period in the U.S.

    Black History Click on the image.

    African American Quilting & Dollmaking Guild - AAGS members interested in quilting have joined the Guild, which is open to the public and meets at the Warrensville Civic and Senior Center, 4301 Warrensville Center Road, 44128, 1st & 3rd Saturdays, contact 216-587-6500. .

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