Ancestry Library: Genealogical and historical information from census, military, church, vital, court, land and probate records, passenger lists and more. (In Library Use Only)
HeritageQuest: A comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids, with coverage dating back to the 1700s. Use your PPL library card to access this database from home.
In many cases, you can search for a keyword (title or subject) to find state, county, city, town, church or family histories; directories; government documents; and biographies or autobiographies.
By State or Region, A-Z
Be sure to check the state and county sites within the USGenWeb Project and the USGenWeb Archives for any county in which you are doing research. They may contain digitized material or links to it.
- Great Lakes
- New England
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
- Ohio River Valley
- South Carolina
- The West
- West Virginia
- African American Women Writers of the 19th Century (New York Public Library)
52 works, including history, biography and autobiography
- American Friend Obituary Index (Earlham College Libraries)
- American Journeys
Eyewitness accounts of early American exploration and settlement.
- Bibliographies Produced by the Digital Reference Team of the Library of Congress
- The Cherokee Phoenix (Hunter Library, Western Carolina University)
- Cyndi's List
- Death Indexes
- Find A Grave
- Fraser Fam
- Freedom's Journal
- All 103 issues (1827-1829) of the first newspaper owned and operated by African Americans, digitized by the Wisconsin Historical Society. PDF format; requires Acrobat Reader.
- Google News Archive Search
Retrieves digitized newspaper articles, which may require payment for access.
- Historical Maps Online
- Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930 (Harvard University Library)
- Nationwide Gravesite Locator (U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs)
- The North American Indian (Edward S. Curtis; 1907-1930)
Northwestern University offers the entire 20-volume work and photogravure images. The Library of Congress also offers the photographic images.
- NYPL Digital Gallery (New York Public Library)
- Online Resources (Mystic Seaport Libraries)
Includes digitized ship registers, crew list indexes, Connecticut ship database, Seamen's Protection Certificates register database, periodical indexes, etc.
- Polish Declarations of Admiration and Friendship for the United States (Library of Congress)
- Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (Library of Congress)
- Resource for printable forms
- The Silent Worker
The issues from 1888 to 1929 of the national newspaper popular among the deaf population of the U.S.
- The Stars and Stripes: The American Soldiers' Newspaper of World War I, 1918-1919
- United States Military Academy Digital Collections
- Veterans History Project (Library of Congress)
- Women Working, 1800 - 1930 (Harvard University Library)
- The WWI Document Archive