History & Genealogy
Adams County Library E-Resources
Discover your ancestors with the world's largest family history website by browse census records and more online at Ancestry.
Ancestry.com is an in-library use only database.
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. ACLS card holders can access this resource from home using your library card number.
Local Genealogy & History Resources
The society works to identify, preserve, and tell the stories of the people, organizations, businesses, and events that have shaped Adams County, Pennsylvania. Through the society's reference book collection, over 700 linear feet of county records, and photographic archive they can assist your search of local ancestors, the family home, or comprehensive local history.
Maintains a library of books and manuscripts relative to the American Civil War, the Gettysburg Campaign, dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery, and the development, interpretation, and administration of Gettysburg National Military Park. Library holdings include books, bound volumes, vertical files, manuscripts, limited photographs, maps, microfilm and audio-visual materials. Within our collection are a number of rare first edition regimental histories, campaign studies, and memoirs. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
The Borough of Gettysburg works with citizens and property owners to create a pleasant place to live and work. Archive holdings include property histories on many of the boroughs homes and businesses. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Pennsylvania Genealogical Resources
Collects, preserves, and makes available for study the permanently-valuable public records of the Commonwealth, with particular attention given to the records of state government.
Indices to land records are available digitized online images.
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is one of the largest family history libraries in the nation, has excellent collections on local and regional history, and offers a manuscript collection renowned for its 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century holdings.
The Pennsylvania German Society helps to preserve, advance, and disseminate the Pennsylvania Dutch culture.
A guide to researching your African American ancestors.
Links to general resources related to African American genealogy
CastleGarden.org is an educational project of The Battery Conservancy. This free site offers access to an extraordinary database of information on 11 million immigrants from 1820 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened.
Search to find your immigrant ancestors arriving through Ellis Island.
Search for family ancestors. Billions of free family tree, family history, ancestry, genealogy and census records.
Find the graves of ancestors and create virtual memorials or add photos, virtual flowers and a note to a loved one's memorial. Search or browse cemeteries and grave records for every-day and famous people from around the world.
Source for online British, Irish, Canadian and American genealogy research, featuring subscription access to a wealth of unique records.
Features premier collections of original military records. These records include the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served in the military. Many of the records come from the U.S. National Archives, the National Archives of the U.K. and other international records.
This partnership with FamilySearch uses sophisticated software to search 80,000 digitized books. It ìknowsî names, dates and places, and accounts for abbreviations.
Based in Minnesota, they help people research their German Heritage in all the Germanic areas in Europe and around the world. Their goal is to help you learn how to find and use records of your German-speaking ancestors.
Firm that searches, copies, deciphers, and types passenger lists. Some passenger manifests posted on the web, from RootsWeb.
Irish Roots - gateway to a message board to help you find your Irish ancestry.
A service organization that leads and educates the national genealogical community and assist members in tracing family histories.
Provides expert family history services through their staff, original scholarship, data-rich website, educational opportunities, and research center to help family historians of all levels explore their past and understand their families' unique place in history.
Genealogical resource with searchable databases.
Free genealogy and family history online made possible by the USGenweb Project volunteers. Search free genealogy websites for your ancestors.
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American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. It is a digital record of American history and creativity.
Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1943 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.
The Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps Online Checklist provides a searchable database of the fire insurance maps published by the Sanborn Map Company housed in the collections of the Geography and Map Division.
Library has a near complete collection of online searchable Sanborn Fire Insurance maps for the state of Pennsylvania.
Collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.
Genealogy Research Libraries & Archives
Large genealogy library containing more than 300000 printed volumes and 314000 items of microfilm and microfiche. Includes guides and request forms.
This offshoot of WorldCat locates finding aids from more than 1,000 archival institutions. They help you access 4 million primary source materials, including historical documents, personal papers, family histories and more. Type a search term or enter a location or ZIP code to find nearby archives whose collections you can search.
Boasting more than 11 million digitized items from some of the nation's leading libraries, archives and museums, this site can be searched with a single click. You also can explore the materials using maps and timelines.
Focused on historical materials not available elsewhere, this collection of more than 2.3 million digitized pages, including more than 225,000 manuscript pages. Collections are searchable and are thematically linked on topics such as the history of immigration to the United States.
The Midwest Genealogy Center (MGC) is one of the nation's preeminent resources for family history, providing access to almost three-quarter of a†million on-site materials. The Genealogy Center features 52,000 square feet of space to house all of the free resources and technology needed to research your family history.
Resources for genealogists. Learn how you can use the resources at the National Archives to explore your family's ancestry.
The Newberry has been collecting genealogy and local history materials since 1887. Staff at the Genealogy and Local History desk can help you explore the Newberry's rich collections of family histories; local histories; censuses, probate, deed, court, tax, and cemetery records; military rosters; periodicals; genealogical guides; and reference works.