Genealogy and Local History

Genealogy and Local History


I would like to find information about my ancestors.

Ancestry Library Edition allows users to search billions of genealogy records and offers charts to record family information. The Learning Center link contains lots of helpful guides and videos.

Ancestry Library Edition (In Library Use Only)

Ritter Public Library Genealogy Tutorial


I would like to add information to my family tree.

HeritageQuest, a library database, contains thousands of records including census information and family histories.

HeritageQuest Online


I would like to find local historical information.

US GenWeb contains local genealogy records maintained by volunteers from across the country. Most counties in the United States have their own website.

Erie County US GenWeb Lorain County US GenWeb

hayes center

I would like to find an obituary for my genealogy research.

Ritter Public Library has partnered with the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center to index obituaries and other Ohio records.

Ohio Obituary Index

ohio memory

I would like to find Ohio historical information and photos.

Ohio Memory contains more than 26,000 primary sources from 330 archives, historical societies, libraries and museums that document Ohio’s past.

Ohio Memory

I would like to find information about the Veterans Memorial at Ritter Public Library.

In November 2016 Ritter Public library began a collection of photos of military members with local connections.

Veteran Memorial


I would like to find information in the Vermilion Bugle or Vermilion Photojournal newspapers.

Some issues of the Vermilion newspapers have been digitized and are searchable on the Ohio Memory site.

Ohio Memory – Newspapers


I would like to find information about the history of Vermilion.

Rich Tarrant collects memories of this small town on a great lake in his blog.

Vermilion Views