Family History & Genealogy


  • Ancestry Library Edition: Genealogical and historical information from census, military, church, vital, court, land and probate records, passenger lists and more. (In-library use only.)
  • 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.
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: U.S. Major Dailies (1849 – 2019): Search for obituaries from major newspapers. Historical full-text coverage from Chicago Tribune (1849 – 1998), Los Angeles Times (1881 – 1999), The New York Times with Index (1851 – 2019), The Wall Street Journal (1889 – 2011), and The Washington Post (1877 – 2006).

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.


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