The history of Marysville is now just a mouse-click away.

The history of Marysville is now just a mouse-click away.

On June 20, the Marysville Public Library launched historic databases at www.marysvillelib.org.

Library marketing and program coordinator Denise Birkhoff said it's an important thing to have.

"We have a lot of people coming in our doors who are doing genealogical research and these databases make it easier for them to find the information they're looking for," she said.

Birkhoff said library reference assistant Sue Kienbaum did most of the work putting the databases together. Her supervisor, Patty O'Connor, assisted Kienbaum.

Kienbaum estimated she started work on these databases about six months ago.

"I did this on my slow time while working at the reference desk," she said. "My manager, Patty, and I are lovers of local history. We both kind of wanted to preserve it."

She said each database took about a month to do.

The first database is a compilation of city directories from 1910, 1913, 1921, 1924 and 1934.

She said the city directories needed to be preserved digitally. The old directories she found were in "poor, poor condition" and falling apart.

The second database is a collection more than 275 old postcards of Union County depicting buildings, landmarks, towns and tourist attractions. Kienbaum said she borrowed the postcards from the Union County Historical Society and scanned them into the computer.

The third database is the history of representative citizens and genealogical records for many families. Kienbaum scanned each page of the 1,137-page book, "The History of Union County," 1915 edition, by W.L. Curry.

The fourth database is the Ohio Section of "Soldiers of the Great War," originally published as a three-volume set. The Ohio section comes from the second volume.

"It's all the Ohio soldiers who were killed or died in World War I," she said.

Kienbaum said she transcribed the pages using optical recognition software, which scanned the pages and created new text documents which can be searched.

In addition, all of the Marysville High School yearbooks from 1936-2000 have been scanned and are now available.

Kienbaum said she's looking to add more, but that everything used must be not be copyrighted.

She added she's looking for "anything."

"Digital projects are very vital to the preservation of our historic documents," she said.

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