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At-Home Genealogy Research with AncestryLibrary & Heritage Quest

HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources available to library cardholders. Simply use your library card number to sign and start using this research tool, which is rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more.

With more than 4.4 billion records, it delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.

Sources include:

  • Census collection contains over 700 million records from the U.S. Federal Census 1790-1940, and national censuses including Argentina, Netherlands, Czech Republic and several other countries.
  • Books collection contains over 22,000 family and local histories, compiled genealogies, documentary collections, church records, military records, vital records, city and county histories, and more.
  • City Directories with over 1.5 million records from various US city and county directories during 1821-1989.
  • Military Records containing over 2 million records from selected state and country military records including the US Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files 1800-1900, US Records of Confederate Prisoners of War 1861-1865, and US Remarried Widows Index to Pension Applications 1887-1942.
  • Wills and Probate Records has more than 170 million pages from the largest collection of wills and probate records in the United States, with searchable records included from all 50 states spread over 337 years (1668-2005).
  • Freedman’s Bank contains an index and original images of the Freedman’s Savings and Trust Company’s registers of Signatures of Depositors 1865-1871.
  • US Serial Set (subset) contains more than 140,000 private relief actions, memorials, and petitions drawn from the records published “serial” fashion from the US Senate and House of Representatives 1769-1969.
  • Maps & Photos includes US Indexed County Land Ownership Maps 1860-1910, US Enumeration District Maps and Descriptions 1940, US Indexed Early Land Ownership and Township Plats 1785-1898, and Library of Congress Photo Collection 1840-2000.


Ancestry Library is now available for at-home access for cardholders for a limited time! This genealogy database provides a unique, growing collection of research materials for tracing family history. To get started, log into your library card account and begin your search!

  • Lets you access a vast collection of U.S. and international documents online
  • Images of original documents enhance research and critical thinking
  • Includes narratives, oral histories, indexes and abstracts to other resources
  • You can search over 30,000 record collections and 11 billion records with a click of a button
  • Record collections span the 1500s–2000s
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