The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has a large genealogy collection. I rate it in my top ten favorite genealogy libraries. The main library is located in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio at 800 Vine Street. The Genealogy and Local History Department is located on the third floor of the main library. The department was formed after the library underwent a major reorganization plan in 2007.
The Genealogy and Local History Department has an extensive collection of materials, including a virtual library, the entire U.S. census records from 1790-1930, military history collection, newspapers, periodicals, biographical materials, local history, and maps. The department also has a valuable collection of materials focused on African American ancestry. This collection includes materials on slavery, reconstruction, civil rights, military participation, and migration. The staff was helpful and resourceful and I am already planning my next trip back in 2015.