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Genealogy Databases

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Genealogy Databases at Santa Clara City Library

Ancestry Library Edition (Temporarily available via remote access*)

Includes the U.S. Census Collection; Census Collections for the U.K., Australia, Canada and Germany, Birth, Marriage and Death Records; the Immigration & Travel Collection; the Military Collection; Family and Local History Records; Court, Land and Probate Records. *Access to Ancestry Library Edition has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.  Remote access will be available until the end of July and will be re-evaluated monthly as needed.

Heritage Quest Online (Available in the libraries and remotely)

Heritage Quest Online has all U.S. Census records and an extensive map collection which is very helpful for identifying changing geographical boundaries. 28,000 full text history and genealogy books are included selected Revolutionary War pension records and bounty land warrants; Freedman’s Bank records.

American Ancestors (Available in all Santa Clara City Libraries)

American Ancestors provides family historians access to more than 1.4 billion names from around the world, including one of the most extensive online collections of early American records, and the largest searchable collection of published genealogical research journals and magazines. Special strengths in the content include English, New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont), New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia materials.

Findmypast (Available at Santa Clara City Central Park Library ONLY)

Findmypast contains over 2 billion historical records from around the world, including the largest online collection of indexed Irish and UK parish records, a comprehensive archive of British military records, U.S. censuses from as far back as 1790, marriage records and U.S. military records from the Revolutionary War up to World War II.

ReferenceUSA (Available at all Santa Clara City Libraries and remotely)

ReferenceUSA indexes the contents of telephone white and yellow pages in the United States. Use the Consumers/Lifestyles link NOT the U.S. Standard White Pages to find the person you want to find.

San Jose Mercury & Evening News Historical Archive (1884-­1922) (Available in all Santa Clara City Libraries and remotely)

It provides access to fully digitized San Jose newspapers from 1884­-1922.

San Jose Mercury News, (1985 - current) (Available at all Santa Clara City Libraries and remotely)

Find full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and more from current and archived issues of the San Jose Mercury News.  It is updated daily and it includes obituaries.