Virtual Library of The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
The city of Cincinnati is the county seat of Hamilton County, which is located in the southwest corner of Ohio near the Kentucky and Indiana borders. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has created a virtual library on its website. The Virtual Library has a number of resources that would be of interest to individuals with Cincinnati and Hamilton County ancestry. Researchers will also find Indiana and Kentucky related resources in the Virtual Library’s collections.
This collection contains four volumes of Insurance Maps of Cincinnati that cover the period from 1904 to 1930. Pages may be downloaded individually. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them.
This collection contains digitized versions of Cincinnati city directories, from 1819 through 1933–1934. The larger directories have been divided into sections. The files are in PDF format, so you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them.
Old and Rare Books
This collection covers a broad range of topics. The most relevant topic is History, Genealogy & Geography. Click on the link to access the 100+ items in the collection. They include a number of ships’ logs, Dearborn County, Indiana, marriage and obituary records and related newspaper abstracts, family history sketches, local histories, pension abstracts, regimental histories, and much more. As the files are in PDF format, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them.
Copies of the Cincinnatian, the University of Cincinnati yearbook, have been digitized and uploaded to the website. They cover the period from 1894 through 1972, plus 1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, and 2003. The files are in PDF format. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them. Note that these are large files.
In addition you will find a link to the Featured Collections on the homepage. The current collection is the Cincinnati Panorama of 1848. Click on the link to read about and view the panorama of Cincinnati, which was created from eight separate daguerreotype plates.