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Spotlight: Library Databases: Ohio and Minnesota

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Visitor Services Representative

Dayton Metro Library, Ohio

 

The city of Dayton, seat for Montgomery County, is in located southwestern Ohio. The Dayton Metro Library has made two newspaper indexes available on its website. Click on the Research & Databases link in the site’s contents list to access the library’s online resources.

 

Dayton Newspaper Index
This database indexes newspaper articles of significance to local Dayton area. The newspapers indexed here include the Dayton Daily News, Dayton Journal Herald, Dayton City Paper, Dayton Magazine, Downtowner, and Impact Weekly for the period from 1985 through 2003. This database is an index only, with basic information about the story listed and where it can be found in the newspaper. Full-text articles are not available online. You may contact the library by phone or email to learn more information on obtaining a copy of an article.

 

The search fields include keyword, article title, newspaper title, and date published (month, day, year). The search results are returned in order by date, but you can change the sort order by using the drop-down box at the end of the form. The data fields in the search results are article title, newspaper title, date, and citation.

 

Dayton Obituary Index
This databases indexes obituaries and death notices appearing in Dayton newspapers for the periods between 1850 and 1890, 1920 and 1931, and from 1985 through the present. Currently, this index only includes records from the Dayton Daily Journal. Full-text articles are not available online. You may contact the library by phone or email to learn more about how to get a copy of an article you find.

 

The search fields include keyword, last name, first name, newspaper title, date published (month, day, year), and newspaper citation (volume, issue, page, column). The search results are returned in order by date, but you can change the sort order by using the drop-down bo']x at the end of the form. The data fields in the search results are name of the deceased, newspaper title, date, citation, and note. Information in the Note field includes, but is not limited to, family relationships, date died, age when died, cause of death, and information about services for the deceased.

 

Duluth Public Library, Minnesota

 

The city of Duluth, located in northeastern Minnesota, is the seat of St. Louis County. The Duluth Public Library has made two indexes available on its website. Click on the Electronic Resources link in the site’s contents list to access the library’s online resources and scroll down to the Genealogy section.

 

Obituary Index
This database indexes obituaries printed in the Duluth News-Tribune and Duluth Herald for the period from 1962 to the present. The search boxes include name search, city search, and year and month of death. You also have the option to determine the number of records returned, between 500 and 1,000, and how they are sorted, by name or city. Copies of obituaries may be ordered from the library. They may be requested by mail or by using the online form provided.

 

Duluth-Area War Casualties and POWs — World War II and Korean War
This database contains information on military personnel from the Duluth area who were killed or captured during World War II and the Korean War. As noted on the website, the database is incomplete and is a work in progress. The data fields in the search results include name, address, rank, service branch, date of incident (killed, captured, etc.), and a brief description of what happened. Each record has at least one citation to an article about the individual that appeared in the Duluth News Tribune or the Duluth Herald. The records are full text searchable. The search fields are keyword(s), rank, branch of service, or date range. You also have the option to determine the number of records returned, between 10 and 50. You must enter text in the keyword field (name, citation, town). There are instructions on how to enter information in the search field. Copies of article may be ordered from the library.


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