Guidelines for Posting a Genealogy Question

  1. Please be specific about the people and places you are searching for when writing to library staff. *Please note- our collection only covers information about Defiance County in Ohio.  
  2. Include exact dates and locations when possible.  (Or at least approximate dates and locations)
  3. Please do not post a query such as "Send me everything you have on the Graham family."
  4. Please keep in mind that library staff are limited to 20 minutes of research time per request.
  5. We can send up to five photocopies to your home mailing address at no charge. 
  6. Do not send money for copies, unless instructed to do so.

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Research Tools and Databases

Defiance Public Library System (DPLS) is pleased to offer its cardholders access to's library of instructional videos. Normally, using requires a paid subscription, but as a DPLS library cardholder you can access content from any computer with an Internet connection simply by entering your 14-digit DPLS library card barcode and 4-digit PIN.

Access DPLS login here.

(Please note that you can only access course content through the DPLS login page, and not by directly visiting the homepage. Bookmark accordingly. Please also note that while the DPLS accounts are accessible through mobile devices, they are not accessible through apps. Use your mobile device's browser.)

Once you have logged into with your library barcode you must create a personalized account by entering your name and e-mail address. This account can help you manage your course history, playlists, bookmarks, and Certificates of Completion. Many courses also feature exercise files. (Example: If you're watching a tutorial about Microsoft Excel, you can follow the activity with downloadable, pre-populated Excel spreadsheet files.)

What Is is an online learning site that hosts a constantly growing library of over 3,000 courses that include over 130,000 videos. Courses cover a variety of topics (including business, design, web development and multimedia skills) and software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications) that can help you pursue personal and professional goals. These courses are delivered by expert instructors and feature searchable transcripts that make it easy to find quick answers to questions. They also feature Certificates of Completion that can be uploaded to a LinkedIn profile. 


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