This section includes databases held by or accessed through libraries, historical societies, archival organizations, and other institutions. Some of the collections must be accessed on-site, although in some cases only the catalogs are available online.
Kenton County Library database
Free with library card
for outside access (from home) to most databases including Fold3, gen NKY, Northern Kentucky Newspaper Index (1835-1935), Cincinnati Enquirer 1841-1922, Louisville Courier Journal Historical 1830-1922
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County database
Free with library card
To access the library’s database, click on research & homework, click on research databases, click on genealogy and on the drop down menu you will see: Ancestry Library Edition & Heritage Quest – a free version of Ancestry.com but it does not contain all the databases that the paid subscription includes; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Cincinnati Enquirer – digital newspaper.
If you return to the research & homework listing, click on research databases, click on history and the drop down menu will include a few things from genealogy but also new materials:African American Archive,-contains two parts. Archives Unbound contains original documents, Gale Virtual Reference Library, Fold3 – a military database from Ancestry, and the Sanborn Fire Insurance maps.
If you return to Research & Homework, click on Newsdex. This is an index to local newspaper articles. While the actual article is not here, it will give you the reference information you need to go to the downtown public library and search the newspaper microfilm.
Returning to the library home page, click on Virtual Library and Downloadables on the red banner to the left. Clink on Virtual Library.
Ohio History Connection (formerly Ohio Historical Society) collections
Limited free access. Some access requires membership to Ohio History Connection.
Ohio Memory Project, includes Siebert collection. There is a complete set of Cincinnati City Directories from 1819 – 1941. The Sanborn maps are also here.
University of Cincinnati Archives and Rare Books
Smith Library of Regional History (primarily Butler County)
US History Scene’s database of slave narratives