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…
Ancestral Quest partners with FamilySearch and provides one way to export a copy of your free FamilySearch Family Tree.
If you have a family tree at FamilySearch you can't download a GEDCOM file of your tree directly from FamilySearch but you have three options for creating a GEDCOM file so you'll have full control of your tree and which ancestors & descendants you want to have included.
This blog gives instructions for your first option,
How to Import Your Free FamilySearch Family Tree at Ancestral Quest and How to Create a GEDCOM file at Ancestral Quest.
I wanted a GEDCOM file with ancestors through my 5th great-grandparents and all their descendants. My GEDCOM file has roughly 34,000 names and took me 12 hours to import & create. I did my imports in batches because I was afraid thousands of names all in one fell swoop would crash the program. Adjust these instructions as needed for your tree and personal circumstances.
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