Thursday, February 11, 2010

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy - Week 6 - Online Databases

This week's "52 Weeks to Better Genealogy" challenge from Amy Coffin and hosted by Geneabloggers is:

Online databases at your public library. Search your library’s web site and see if your card grants you access to online databases. Libraries (even small ones) often have wonderful online tools including genealogy databases, historical newspapers and more! Take some time and play with these little perks that come with a library card. You just may get some help in your own genealogy research and gain some free research tools to boot. If you don’t know how to access online library databases or you’re not sure if your branch has them, ask a librarian for guidance. If you have a blog, discuss which databases (if any) to which your library subscribes.

The Allen County Public Library's website gives many databases that are available within the library and at home with your library card. They have a large list of research databases that are available for a variety of topics.

For Genealogy, the library has access to the following databases:
  • Ancestry
  • Footnote
  • HeritageQuestOnline
  • New England Ancestors
  • Origins Network: British, Irish & Scots
  • World Vital Records
All of these databases are available in the library only. I really wish that Heritage Quest was available with a library card. Since HeritageQuest is hosting ACPL's PERSI index, you would think it would be available at home as well.

Besides the large genealogy databases, ACPL's Genealogy Center has posted many small databases online that are accessible to everyone free of charge. You can find them at Here you will find Allen County databases, Indiana databases, their military heritage site, bible records and more.

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