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EXPLORING LOCAL LIBRARIES: THE JOHN PARKER LIBRARY AND FAMILY SEARCH CENTER

Cincinnati is a nationally known destination for genealogists. The John Parker Library and Family Search Center, located on the fourth floor of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, is a unique local resource for family history researchers at all levels.

Free and open to the public, the library is named for abolitionist John P. Parker who after purchasing his freedom from slavery lived in Cincinnati before moving to Ripley, Ohio and helping hundreds of others escape via the underground railroad network.

A branch of the Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Salt Lake City, the Parker Library is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Researchers are strongly encouraged to reserve a time for their visit to ensure that a volunteer will be available to introduce them to the library’s resources. Although library volunteers cannot help with specific research, they are happy to answer general questions and provide guidance in organizing your records and using the library’s collection.

For more information: https://freedomcenter.org/visit/permanent-exhibits/genealogy/

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