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Genealogy Databases Available at Washington County Library

American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collections: Search thousands of American historical magazines and newspapers published between 1691 and 1876. Topics covered: science, medicine, agriculture, business, literature, women’s fashion, family life, religion, politics, and more. Great for history projects! Learn more: FAQ, Search Help

Ancestry Library Edition: Research your family history. Includes digitized images of the U.S. Census, passenger and immigration lists, genealogical indexes, and much more. Available only on Library workstations. Learn more: Ancestry Library Edition Research Aids

ArchiveGrid: Search through historical documents, personal papers, and family histories held in archives around the world.

Historical Minneapolis Tribune (1867-1922): Search for articles and digital reproductions of the Minneapolis Tribune from 1867-1922.

Historical New York Times: Search for digital reproductions and articles from the New York Times from 1851-2008. Learn more: Historical New York Times Help Video 

Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub: Search Minnesota newspaper articles from the Minnesota Historical Society archives. Find geographically and culturally diverse newspapers published between 1856 and today. 

NewsBank: Search archives of the Duluth News-Tribune, Rochester Post-Bulletin, St. Paul Pioneer Press, and Star Tribune. Available only on Library workstations. Learn more: NewsBank Help Video 

Internet Sites

Castle Garden: Immigration records from 1820 to 1913 for New York City.

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites: Great general genealogy guide.

Danish Family Search: Danish census and parish records.

Ellis Island: Immigration records from 1892 to 1954 for New York City.

Family Search: Official website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Now includes all U.S. censuses!

Find A Grave: Cemetery records entered by the public.

Fold3: Original source documents from various periods of world history, with a main emphasis on military records. Paid service, but it offers a free trial.

Google Translate: Allows you to enter text in one language and get an instant translation into another.

Minnesota People Finder: Includes Death Index, Birth Index, State Census Records and more.

Norwegian Digital Archives: Norwegian census data and parish registers.

U.S. Genweb: Directory of genealogy websites in every county and state of the United States.