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Seven electronic resources are available at the DAR Library. Hard-to-find data is now at your fingertips with these powerful and continuously expanding genealogical and historical document databases.

Note: These electronic resources are not available by remote access. These resources can only be accessed and used on DAR Library computers.

Heritage Quest

A major electronic source for census data, family records and local histories


  • Every extant U.S. federal census
  • Family genealogies and local histories
  • Tax lists and city directories
  • Land and probate records
  • Birth, marriage and death records
  • Genealogical and local history serials
  • Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Index

Heritage Quest Online will grow to encompass the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), Freedman's Bank Records and additional materials.

Ancestry Library Edition

A prime electronic resource for census data, family records, and local histories


  • 1.5 billion+ names in over 4,000 databases
  • United States Census Records
  • Military records
  • Court, land and probate records
  • Vital and church records
  • Directories
  • Passenger lists
  • And more!

Readex's Early American Newspapers, Series 1, 1690-1876

Digital Library housing Early American Publications

This unique, web-based archive features thousands of full-text articles and images from over two-dozen historical U.S. newspapers circa 1690-1876, including New England and New York newspapers such as the Boston Gazette and Federal Gazette. Page images are formatted to allow for easy viewing, magnification, printing and saving. Searchable OCR-generated ASCII text is provided with each image.

Readex's Early American Database is being continually updated. This rich database will grow to include over 730 individual newspaper titles from over 20 states in the next few years.

The New England Historic Genealogical Society

The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is the oldest genealogical society in the country. The databases provide access to over 110 million names, covering all New England states, and regions of New York and Eastern Canada.

Access is also available to the New England Historical and Genealogical Register (1847-1997), Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1910, and Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850.


JSTOR is an online database that provides full-text searches for academic journals.


World Vital Records is designed for guests who are either just beginning their family research or who after years of work want to discover more of their past. Search over 5 billion Family History and Genealogy records, and 28 million family trees. Access key collections: U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1940; military records; birth, marriage and death records; enhanced Social Security Death Index (SSDI) records; one billion newspaper articles, including full text of modern U.S. newspaper obituaries. This database has unique and exclusive local and world collections.


Fold3 is a new database of original documents, many of which relate to the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, and U. S. Presidents. Some unique titles include Revolutionary War Rolls, Service and Pension Records. has partnered with the National Archives to digitize the Archives entire collection-approximately 9 billion documents, many of which had previously only been available on microfilm.