Public libraries subscribe to online research databases in behalf of their patrons. Some of these databases permit you to access them from a home computer with a current library card and password while others can only be used onsite.
Online and Onsite Genealogy Databases
Some popular library databases for genealogy and family history include:
Accessible Archives African American Newspapers - Historic newspapers published by African Americans
African American Heritage - primary source material specifically for African American family history and genealogy
African American Historical Newspapers - Historic newspapers published by or primarily concerned with communities of African Americans
American Ancestors - US Census data & other genealogy record sets
America's GeneaologyBank - a library version of this historic newspaper site
Ancestry - US Census data & other genealogy record sets
Biography Resource Cente…
On Day 5 of Family History Month, visit the founding genealogical organization in the United States, NEHGS or AmericanAncestors.org, and see what they've been up to since 1845.
The New England Historic Genealogical Society offers "family history researchers the most-used genealogical society website in the world. AmericanAncestors.org provides access to more than 1.4 billion records spanning twenty-two countries covering the United States, the British Isles, continental Europe, and beyond, including one of the most extensive online collections of early American genealogical records, the largest searchable collection of published genealogical research journals and magazines, and the largest collection of U.S Catholic records online."
Sign up for a free guest account and you'll have access to:
Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850
Worcester County, MA: Index to Probate Records, 1731-1881
Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati
October is Family History Month in the U.S. and OnGenealogy will celebrate the month by spotlighting a different genealogy website each day!
On Day 1 take a look at FamilySearch.org and all it has to offer.
FamilySearch is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is free for everyone to use.
Things to do at FamilySearch:
Build a free family tree on the shared family tree site
Upload a family tree you control but others can see
Search more than four billion records for free
Upload family photos
Search for photos and stories of your own kin
Upload stories and memories of your family with or without photos
Create free family tree keepsakes
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