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Ancestry® Library Edition, distributed exclusively by ProQuest and powered by Ancestry.com, delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more.
Ancestry Library Edition brings the world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource to your library. It’s an unprecedented online collection of individuals from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and more.
Answers await everyone—whether professional or hobbyist, expert or novice, genealogist or historian—inside the more than 7,000 available databases. Here, you can unlock the story of you with sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more.
And, with ongoing updates and new content always being added, you’ll keep coming back to discover more. Popular and recently added collections include:
U.S. collections deliver hundreds of millions of names from sources such as federal and U.S. censuses; birth, death, and marriage records including the Social Security Death Index; and U.S. border crossing and trans-ocean ship records.
Canadian collections provide nearly 60 million records from the Census of Canada, and key vital records, such as the Drouin Collection (1621-1967), which includes nearly 30 million baptism, marriage, and burial records from Quebec.
U.K. collections offer censuses for England, Wales, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, and Scotland, with nearly 200 million records: Births and Baptisms (1834-1906), Marriage Licenses (1521-1869), Deaths and Burials (1834-1934), and Poor Law Records (1840-1938) in London, and more.
Other international collections continue to grow with more than 46 million records from German censuses, vital records, emigration indexes, ship lists, phone directories, and more; Chinese surnames in the large and growing Jiapu Collection of Chinese lineage books; Jewish family history records from Eastern Europe and Russia; and more.
Military collections deliver over 150 million records containing information often not found elsewhere and includes records from the colonial to the Vietnam era.
Multimedia collections deliver millions of files ranging from family and gravestone photos to postcards and newsreels.
All this, plus an intuitive search interface, detailed search indexes, and helpful Learning Center tools, makes Ancestry Library Edition an indispensable resource for any library serving genealogists and historians.
Learn more about this product and others that directly support research into the genealogy and local history, including:
- HeritageQuest® Online features an incredible storehouse of American genealogical information from primary sources, local and family histories, and other finding aids.
- ProQuest® African American Heritage focuses exclusively on resources devoted to African American family history research.
- Digital Sanborn® Maps details over 100 years of urban growth in America with more than 600,000 property and land-use records.
- ProQuest® Historical Newspapers delivers a definitive digital archive of significant regional, national, and international newspapers.
- ProQuest® Black Historical Newspapers delivers a definitive digital archive of newspapers published by and for the African American community.
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HeritageQuest Online combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular ProQuest Genealogy & Local History collection and other valuable content.Read more
ProQuest Historical Newspapers: U.S. State Collections
ProQuest Historical Newspapers: U.S. State Collections features some of the most important titles covering a specific state in the United States. Access these State Collections, many with titles going back over a hundred years, and give your users insight into everything from local government decisions to historic moments that may not have been reported anywhere else.Read more
Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970
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