Monday, January 14, 2008

Carlsbad (CA) Library Databases

Most San Diego area genealogy researchers know that the Carlsbad (CA) Cole Library in Carlsbad is the best genealogy repository in the county. In addition to the book and periodical sections on the shelves, they have the excellent University of Michigan, Inc. Family and Local History microfiche collection.

This library also has excellent computer resources when you visit the library - the genealogy databases available include:

* Access NewspaperARCHIVE -- Contains millions of searchable newspaper pages, dating from 1977 to 1759. Access NewspaperARCHIVE includes historical newspapers from across the United States, as well as from Canada, the United Kingdom, and other countries.

* Ancestry Library Edition (Available in the Library Only) -- With over 1.2 billion records in over 3,000 databases, Ancestry Library Edition is the most comprehensive online source of information for genealogical and local history research. Included in Ancestry Library Edition are the digitized images of the U. S. Federal Census from 1790 to 1930, the American Genealogical and Biographical Index, passenger lists, and much more.

* Biography and Genealogy Master Index -- Biography and Genealogy Master Index is a great place to begin a search for information about people. It indexes current, readily available reference sources, as well as the most important retrospective works that cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world.

* Footnote (Available in the Library Only)-- Footnote combines original historical documents with social networking to create a truly unique experience involving the stories of our past. The Footnote collections feature documents relating to the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, U.S. Presidents, historical newspapers and naturalization documents.

* Heritage Quest Online - You will be asked to re-enter your library card number/barcode. Heritage Quest provides access to digital images of the U.S. Federal Census from 1790 through 1930, digital images of over 25,000 genealogies and local histories, digital images of revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Applications, and PERSI.

* New England Ancestors (Available in the Library Only) -- Search over 110 million names in over 2,200 databases from the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). NEHGS is the oldest genealogical society in the country and has created one of the most valuable websites for searching for your New England heritage.

You can access the three databases above that have links shown, but you have to have a Carlsbad Library Card to access them from home.

Since the last time I visited the genealogy database web page, they have added Footnote and the NewspaperARCHIVE databases.

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