Electronic Genealogy Resources

The following electronic resources are available for use by logging in with your Washington County Public Library card.

To reach these resources, enter your entire library card # without spaces when prompted.

 African American Newspapers - Online access to approximately 270 U.S. newspapers chronicling a century and a half of the African American experience. This unique collection, which includes papers from more than 35 states, features many rare and historically significant 19th-century titles.

 African American Periodicals - Features more than 170 wide-ranging periodicals by and about African Americans. Published in 26 states, the publications include academic and political journals, commercial magazines, institutional newsletters, organizations bulletins, annual reports and other genres. These diverse periodicals—which have shaped, and in turn been shaped by, African American culture—will enable new discoveries on lives of African Americans as individuals, as an ethnic group and as Americans.

 African African History & Culture - Created from the Library Company’s acclaimed Afro-Americana Collection—an accumulation that began with Benjamin Franklin and steadily increased throughout its entire history—this unique online resource will provide researchers with more than 12,000 printed works. These essential books, pamphlets and broadsides, including many lesser-known imprints, hold an unparalleled record of African American history, literature and culture.

 America's Genealogy Bank - Easily search and browse millions of genealogies, obituaries, marriage and birth announcements and more from 1652 to the present. Includes historical newspapers, books and documents, along with modern obituaries and the Social Security Death Index.

 America's News - America's News provides unique access to over 2,100 local, regional and national news sources, featuring over 40 titles from the state of Ohio. Compare perspectives from across the nation, track trends, and find information on a variety of topics and issues from the 1970's through current day.

 Fold3 - View original source documents from the National Archives and other contributors.

 HeritageQuest - U.S. Census from 1790-1930, Revolutionary War Pension Records & Bounty-Land Warrant Application files, Freedman's Bank Records, and U.S. Serial Set.

Sanborn Fire Maps Sanborn Fire Maps - Large scale street plans; including building outlines, property boundaries, and building use - produced by the Sanborn Fire Insurance Company from 1867 to 1970. Locate buildings and neighborhoods. See a neighborhood "as it was". Study the growth of towns and cities. Identify the impact of new developments.


 World Vital Records - World Vital Records is designed for guests who are either just beginning their family research or who after years of work want to discover more of their past. Search over 5 billion Family History and Genealogy records, and 28 million family trees.

The following electronic resources are available for use only at the library.

Ancestry.com You might just find the story of a lifetime

 Ancestry.com - U. S. Census records; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; petitions for naturalization; passenger lists and more.

 Newspaper Archive - Searchable newspaper pages, dating as far back as the 1700s.

 Political Family Tree - Political genealogies from the United States and around the world.