Family History & Genealogy



Databases


  • Ancestry Library Edition: Genealogical and historical information from census, military, church, vital, court, land and probate records, passenger lists and more. For a limited time, PPL cardholders now have access to Ancestry Library Edition outside the library. Please use the following instructions to gain access from your home computer and devices:
    • Go to https://princetonlibrary.org/ancestry
    • Log in with your username or barcode and PIN (the last 4 digits of the phone number on your library account).
    • Click on the link that says temporary access with your library card next to Access your library’s ancestry.com subscription.
    • You can also view our tutorial for step-by-step instructions.
    • Don’t have a library card? The National Archives has teamed up with Ancestry.com to offer free access to nearly 500 million of its records for everyone. Visit this page to create a free account.
  • Fold3 Library Edition by Ancestry: Convenient access to U.S. military records, including the stories, photos, and documents of the men and women who served. Click here to access from home.
  • HeritageQuest: (for direct access inside the library, click here): A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids, with coverage dating back to the 1700s. Use your PPL library card to access this database from home.

Digital Libraries


In many cases, you can search for a keyword (title or subject) to find state, county, city, town, church or family histories; directories; government documents; and biographies or autobiographies.


Indexes



By State or Region, A-Z


Be sure to check the state and county sites within the USGenWeb Project and the USGenWeb Archives for any county in which you are doing research.  They may contain digitized material or links to it.

 


Other Resources


Last reviewed: April 23, 2013