Genealogy Databases

Library Databases

Ancestry – Research your family history with this enhanced library version of  Contains over one billion names.  Search the U.S. Federal Census from 1790 forward as well as immigration, vital, military, court, church, and ethnic records.  Explore city directories, the Social Security Death Index, and more. A detailed, step-by-step guide to navigating the database and searching its record collections can be viewed here. Library Use Only

Heritage Quest – Research materials for tracing family history and American culture containing over 25,000 books, the entire U.S. Federal Census, PERSI™, and other expanding collections. For a step by step guide on using Heritage Quest can be viewed here. Library & Home Use

Common Databases

Chronicling America – Search over 5 million digitized newspaper pages from more than 2,000 newspaper titles from all across the country with this database provided by the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) in partnership with the Library of Congress. Chronicling America also provides a directory of US newspapers from 1690 to the present including the location of repositories that have each title in their holdings. For a step by step guide on Chronicling America can be viewed here.

FamilySearch – Operated by the LDS Church, FamilySearch’s resources include transcriptions and indexes of records held at the Family History Library, an ongoing digitization project of books from repositories across the country, educational videos and an in-depth wiki covering a wide variety of genealogy and history topics. For a step by step guide on using FamilySeach can be viewed here.

Find A Grave – Research your ancestors with over 150 million international and US grave records, including memorial pages, headstone photos, relatives and obituaries. Because the database is based on user-contribution, it is recommended that you create a free account of your own to get the most out of Find A Grave.

Missouri Digital Heritage – Explore over 9 million records from repositories across the state of Missouri, including those held at the Missouri State Archives, Missouri State Library, and many other libraries and historical societies. Collections include Missouri birth and death records prior to 1910, digitized death certificates from 1910 to 1965, state and county maps and histories, military service records, and more.

RootsWeb – Search user-contributed family trees containing more than 700 million names and the more than one million entries in the Rootsweb Surname List. This database also provides access to a variety of mailing lists, message boards, and user-created websites. It is recommended that you create a free personal account in order to contribute your own family history to RootsWeb.