Explore your family history with genealogical resources

Posted: Monday, December 5, 2011, 9:06 am

During holiday gatherings, do you find yourself looking at your relatives and wondering, where did these people come from?

With research databases from Worthington Libraries, that can be more than just a rhetorical question.

Ancestry Library Edition offers billions of genealogical records, including census records, immigration records, birth, marriage and death records, court and legal documents, slave narratives, family histories, military records, photos, maps and more. You can search by the name of your ancestor and filter results by location and date range. You can also browse records by database.

HeritageQuest Online offers a rich collection of research material useful for researching family history, dating back to 1790. Six core collections provide access to US federal census data from 1790-1930, digitized family and local history books, genealogy and local history periodicals, records of veterans of the Revolutionary War, bank records for freed slaves from 1865-1874 and requests for US Congressional action. A wide variety of searches are available— name, keyword, location and identifying characteristics, such as age, sex or military rank— and materials can be downloaded and printed.

Ancestry Library Edition is available to use from computers inside the Library; HeritageQuest Online can be accessed from home, with your Worthington Libraries library card.

Find out more about the genealogical resources Worthington Libraries has to offer in our genealogy research guide. If you need help with your genealogical research, ask us!

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