Genealogy

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Ancestry Library Edition is the premier genealogy resource, containing over 4 billion names, more than 4,000 databases, primary-source documents, and a variety of other specialized features for family history research. Includes U.S. and U.K. census images and indexes, immigration records and passenger lists, and birth/marriage/death records.

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If you are a remote user, use Heritage Quest.

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HeritageQuest provides an essential collection of unique material for both genealogical and historical researchers, with coverage dating back to the late 1700s. Search HeritageQuest’s digitized U.S. federal census records, Revolutionary War files, Freedman’s Bank, and other valuable collections to find your ancestors, trace their paths across America, and learn what life was like in the areas where they settled.

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Access an ever-growing collection of genealogy resources from libraries across the country. Registers of birth, city directories, steamboat passenger lists, school yearbooks and more.

Click here to access the Internet Archive Genealogy Resources.

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Illinois Digital Sanborn Maps
Delivers detailed property and land-use records that depict the grid of everyday life in Illinois towns and cities across a century of change. This database is only available at Peoria Public Library. Click here to login.

Historic Map Works
This resource contains over 1.4 million high resolution maps spanning centuries. Find the maps you need for your local history or genealogy research with the diverse search and browse options, such as the new Points of Interest tool and the Address Search.

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• The Journal Star
Explore Peoria history through local news, events and people with the Peoria Journal Star Collection. Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online. Available remotely 24/7 on any device.

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• America’s News
Click here to search America’s News. Search current and archived coverage of issues, events, people, government, sports and more with the largest collection of full-text U.S. newspapers. Find titles from across the US and Illinois. Includes staff-written articles, obituaries, editorials, announcements, real estate and other sections.

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• NewsStand
Includes full text of 300+ major U.S. and international news sources, including the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, and the Times of London. Content is updated daily, so coverage is exceptionally current!

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• State Journal-Register Collection
Explore Springfield history through local news, events and people with the State Journal-Register Collection. Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online. Available remotely 24/7 on any device.

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You can call (309) 497-2000 between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday to get help from Peoria Public Library Reference staff.

You can also email questions to Peoria Public Library staff anytime using our Ask a Librarian form.  Library staff will respond as soon as possible (generally within one business day).

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