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!

MyHeritage Library Edition

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 It includes billions of historical documents from over 48 countries, millions of historical photos, public records, indexes and additional resources.*

MyHeritage Overview: Share Video | EBSCO Academy

Universal Class

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.**

Selected Websites

  • 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


Minnesota Genealogy

  • 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


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