eResources and online databases related to genealogy and ancestry
Interested in tracking down your family tree?
East Central Regional Library has these great tools and recommendations for you to check out!
One of the largest, most internationally diverse genealogy databases of its kind in the world. It includes billions of historical documents from over 48 countries, millions of historical photos, public records, indexes and additional resources.*
500+ lifelong learning courses in over 30 subject areas, many of which offer continuing education units, designed and led by professional instructors to build deeper understanding and mastery of subject matter. Courses include videos, assignments, quizzes, tests, and options for interaction with other learners. Take multiple classes, video-audit a course, learn at your own pace.**
- Digital Public Library of America — Get started with your family research in DPLA! The collection contains a variety of resources such as yearbooks, letters, newspapers, military records, and more.
- FamilySearch — Comprehensive database of free family history, family tree and genealogy records in the world, courtesy of the Latter-Day Saints (LDS) Church
- Find a Grave — Locate millions of cemetery and grave records throughout the world.
- National Archives (NARA) — Acquire copies of military, passport, immigration, census, and naturalization records.
- USGenWeb Project— Links to all the state genealogy websites which provide gateways to county sites
- Iron Range Research Center– Extensive collection of genealogy materials, including naturalization records
- Minnesota People Finder – Searches the research materials of the Minnesota Historical Society for any item associated with that person. Includes birth and death records and state census records.
- Minnesota Official Marriage System – Index to marriage certificates on file in MN, includes names and dates
Foreign Country & Immigration Sites
- Ellis Island– Arrivals at the Port of New York, 1892-1954
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