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Genealogy Resources
Ancestry Library Edition
Want to learn more about your family tree? Ancestry Library Edition from ProQuest, contains over 1.2 billion records in over 3,000 databases. Ancestry Library Edition includes the digitized images of the U.S. Federal Census from 1790 forward, the American Genealogical Biographical Index, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, court records, slave narratives, reference sources, and more.
African-American Heritage
African American Heritage is a digital resource exclusively devoted to African American family history research. This collection was created in partnership with leading African American genealogists and recognized leaders in genealogical information to develop a comprehensive mix of resources, records, and tools specifically pertaining to African Americans. It provides users a dedicated, user-friendly resource that not only brings together records critical to African American family research, but also connects them to a community of research experts, whose mentoring and assistance can frequently be the difference between research success and futility.
Family Search
Family Search
Family Search maintains a database with over 2 billion digital images, with most of them indexed and searchable. Databases include Ohio Death Certificates from 1908-1953, and Ohio marriage records. Family Search also includes a wiki to help with research.
Fold3® Library Edition is the premier collection of historical military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served from the Revolutionary War through recent conflicts. It contains millions of records from world-class archives, many of which are exclusively available on Fold3 Library Edition.
Heritage Quest
HeritageQuest® Online is an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources for more than 60 countries, with coverage dating back as early as the 1700s. The collection can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past, while also providing a comprehensive treasury of genealogical sources rich in unique records, local and family histories, and finding-aids.
NewsBank provides a comprehensive collection of reliable news sources  (including the Bexley edition of This Week), covering a wide array of topics and issues.
Ohio Death Certificate Index (1913-1944)
Database containing death certificates of persons that died in Ohio from 1913-1937. Use the index information to help in obtaining a copy of particular death certificates.
Genealogy & Local History Programs
Thu, Feb 02, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Bexley Public Library - Quiet Reading Room
Remember Paul's Food Shoppe or The Glass Bowl? Join us to share memories and learn more about the history of past and present Bexley businesses.

Mon, Feb 06, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Bexley Public Library - Bexley Library Auditorium,BPL Virtual Programs
Learn about Thomas Payton, the first African American man to own land in Bexley, and his family.

Sat, Feb 18, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Bexley Public Library - Tech Center Classroom
Was your home previously owned by a famous family? How has your property changed over time? Join us to explore online databases that help you find past and present info on your house and property.

Sat, Mar 11, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Bexley Public Library - Tech Center Classroom
Join David, BPL’s Local History Librarian, to explore online databases that help you find past and present information on your house and property.

Thu, Mar 16, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Bexley Public Library - Bexley Library Auditorium,BPL Virtual Programs
Join us in celebrating Women's History Month with professor Marilyn Greenwald. She will share stories of women in journalism, including Bexley's own Charlotte Curtis, a New York Times editor.

Thu, Mar 23, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Bexley Public Library - Quiet Reading Room
It's the "Year of the Parks" in Bexley and our city's parks are rich with history. Join us to enjoy vintage photos of sports, camps and events with Bexley Recreation. Bring your memories to share too!

Sat, Apr 01, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Bexley Public Library - Tech Center Classroom
Let David, BPL's Local History Librarian, help you get started with family history research and learn tips for keeping your discoveries organized! Registration is required for this in-person program.

Sat, Apr 29, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Bexley Public Library - Memory Lab,Creation Station
Learn how to convert old family photos and videos into digital files and explore your creative side through audio, photo, and video production tools, and the Cricut Maker. Sessions led by BPL staff.