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Links to Genealogical Databases

Database use is free to all library patrons

Historical Records
Ancestry gives you access to historical records with information on over 6 billion people. These rich collections include photographs, memoirs, maps, census documents, family trees and detailed records about births, marriages, deaths, military service, immigration, land ownership and much more.

Available for use while at the Library.

Go To Heritage Quest Heritage Quest

HeritageQuest Online™ combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular UMI® Genealogy & Local History collection and other valuable content. This online database is an essential collection of unique material for both genealogical and historical researchers, with coverage dating back to the late 1700s. Researchers can use HeritageQuest Online to find their ancestors, trace their paths across America, and learn what life was like in the areas where they settled.

Illinois Newspapers
Online access to several area newspapers including the Champaign-Urbana News Gazette, Chicago Tribune, Lincoln Courier, Decatur Herald and Review and the Bloomington Pantagraph.

Available for use from home using the 14 digit barcode on the back of a Vespasian Warner Public Library District card.