Local History & Genealogy Resources

This page features Internet sites and library resources to help you begin researching your family history.


African American Heritage is a groundbreaking digital resource exclusively devoted to African American family history research. It includes primary sources such as census records, vital records, freedman and slave records, church records, legal records, and more. It also includes an exclusive partnership with AfriGeneas (a leading social networking site devoted to African American genealogy) that provides access to expert advice, moderated forums, chats, mailing lists, surname registry, and more.


Ancestry® Library Edition, distributed exclusively by ProQuest and powered by Ancestry.com, delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. This database is only available inside the library.


Fold3 provides convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.


HeritageQuest contains thousands of family and local history books, the entire US Federal Census, PERSI, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application files, and other collections for genealogical research.


Massillon Memory is a gateway to selected resources available in the Local History Collection at the Massillon Public Library. It includes: the Ohio Obituary Index, the Rotch-Wales Papers and the Massillon Business and Industry Database. (Past and present businesses found in city directories and the library’s newspaper clipping file have been gathered into this database which can be searched by business name, type of product, date, or by person affiliated with the business.)



Newspaper Source provides full text from 194 full text newspapers and other sources.



NewspaperARCHIVE is a historical newspaper database. View, save and print full-page newspapers dating from 1759 to 1977.


Ohio Obituary Index is an index of over 3,500,000 obituaries, death & marriage notices & other sources from Ohio from the 1810s to the present day.


The Rotch-Wales Papers are a collection of personal and business correspondence, diaries, documents, accounts, ledgers, and daybooks of Thomas Rotch and Arvine Wales I.


Sanborn Maps was a publisher of detailed maps of U.S. cities and towns in the 19th and 20th centuries. The maps were originally created to allow fire insurance companies to assess their total liability in urbanized areas of the United States. This database provides a searchable interface for locating these historical maps of Ohio towns and cities.