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Genealogy Resources

Holyoke Public Library patrons can now search family history in two new genealogical databases, Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest Online.  Access to these databases is made possible by a generous donation from the Friends of the Holyoke Public Library.

Please note that you must be in the Library to access Ancestry Library Edition.

Ancestry Library Edition provides access to millions of unique, full-text primary sources and enhanced images, including:  U.S., U.K. and Canadian Census records;  Canadian genealogical records;  U.S. military records;  and immigration, passport, and naturalization records.

HeritageQuest Online is available remotely with your Holyoke Public Library card, as well as from every Library computer.  In addition to providing access to tens of thousands of family and local history books, HeritageQuest Online now contains United States Census records through 1940 and City Directories.  The latter contain a wealth of information, including addresses and occupations of adults.  In some cases, Directories are the key to obtaining an individual's date of death.