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Genealogy Databases and Resources

Most of these databases and web sites are available to all users in the library and at home. However, some are subject to restrictions:

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Need more help? Click here to access our Research Guide to finding local history and genealogy information in the Library and online. Or, call Adult Reference at 456-2400 x 2.

The website of the New England Historic Genealogical Society has collections of New England resources as well as New York research tools, including databases, articles, manuscripts and publications. NEHGS offers access to more than 110 million names in their databases for family research. This site provides a wealth of information and support for genealogists of all skill levels.

Includes U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1930, historical maps, the American Genealogical Biographical Index, Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage, Social Security Death Index, WWI Draft Registration Cards, Federal Slave Narratives, a strong Civil War collection, and more.

Berne Historical Project

The Berne Historical Project began in 2001 as a means of sharing the history and genealogy of the people of Berne, NY. This volunteer effort offers an amazing amount of information for historians and genealogists alike.

Ellis Island

Historical archive of immigration records, including by-name search of passenger-ship manifests.

FamilySearch – LDS

Search billions of online records and connect with your ancestors. Request microfilm reels from LDS to be sent to GPL for in-house use.


The collection features documents relating to the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, the Vietnam War, historical newspapers, naturalization documents and other original source material. (This source was formerly known as “Footnote.”)

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is the single source for eReference that meets the needs of students, researchers, professionals, and general readers. It offers more than 7,000 authoritative, full-text titles—from Gale and a host of premier publishing partners—within 18 subject areas researchers study most.

Genealogical Research System from the Daughters of the American Revolution

The Genealogical Research System (GRS) from the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is a collection of databases containing materials collected since the DAR’s inception in 1890. Researchers can search for DAR Revoltionary War ancestors; access the Genealogical Records Committe database, which includes an index of books housed in the DAR library; access the DAR library catalog and other resources of interest.


GENUKI (Genealogy of the United Kingdom and Ireland) is a collection of genealogical information pages covering England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man.

Guilderland Public Library’s Local History Page

Check out the local history resources available here at the library.

Heritage Quest

Includes ProQuest’s Genealogy & Local History Collection, U.S. Federal Census records from 1790-1930, Freedman’s Bank Records, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, and more.

Irish Genealogy

Irish Genealogy is dedicated to helping you search for your family history. Its search feature helps you explore a number of online sources of genealogical information e.g., the 1901 and 1911 Census returns, in addition to the Church records, soldiers’ wills, and so much more.

Jewish Data

This database has over 100,000 records including images of tombstones, school yearbook pages and Citizen Declaration documents.

Library and Archives Canada – Genealogy and Family History

This site allows users to search the National Archives of Canada, National Library of Canada, and the Genealogy Centre.

Library of Congress – Prints and Photographs Reading Room

Images of more than 13.7 million prints and photographs documenting the lives and achievements of the American people. Architectural and engineering drawings, as well as popular and fine prints and posters are included in this collection.

Library of Congress – The American Folklife Center

Cultural documentation of regional, ethnic, and cultural groups within the United States and worldwide, including songs, images, sounds, and written accounts of daily lives, arduous events, community celebrations and traditions.

Palatines to America

Palatines to America (Pal Am) is a national genealogical society of persons researching German-speaking ancestry, with emphasis on migration from the Germanic regions of Europe to North America (primarily the United States and Canada).
Come to the Information Desk at the Library for additional access.


Many resources specific to Albany County genealogical research.