Historical & Genealogical Research

African American Heritage

ProQuest® African American Heritage is a groundbreaking digital resource exclusively devoted to African American family history research. It provides users a dedicated resource that not only brings together records critical to African American family research; but also connects them to a community of research experts, whose mentoring and assistance can frequently be the difference between research success and futility. A user-friendly interface that combines the best elements of our award-winning HeritageQuest® Online database with new, enhanced navigation. and tools Primary sources devoted specifically to African American family history, including census records, vital records, free(d) and slave records, church records, legal records, and more. Just use your library card number and PIN to Access African American Heritage.


Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition provides access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos, plus local narratives, oral histories, indexes and other resources in over 30,000 databases that span from the 1500s to the 2000s. Ancestry Library Edition is available only on library computers or on your own device using the library's public Wi-Fi network. Use this link to Access Ancestry Library Edition.


Fold 3

Fold3 Library Edition by Ancestry provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. This continually-growing collection contains millions of records from world-class archives, many of which are exclusively available through Fold3.

  • Allen County Public Library 
  • Center for Research Libraries 
  • Cuyahoga County Archives 
  • FamilySearch Archives 
  • Harris County Archives 
  • National Archives & Records Administration (NARA) 
  • Pennsylvania Archives 
  • South Carolina Archives 

With content from the Revolutionary War onward, Fold3 Library Edition is an invaluable research resource for historians, genealogists, researchers, military enthusiasts, veterans and their families, teachers, and battle reenactors. The Fold3 name comes from a traditional flag folding ceremony in which the third fold is made in honor and remembrance of veterans who served in defense of their country and to maintain peace throughout the world.

Heritage Quest

HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more. Discover the amazing history of you with HeritageQuest Online. With more than 4.4 billion records, it delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.

Historic North Carolina Digital Newspaper Collection

Newspapers.com North Carolina Collection. 3.5 million pages of digitized content from over 1,000 NC county newspapers.