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Genealogical and Historical Research

Accessible Archives

Searchable online database with early American newspapers, magazines and county histories


  • The Civil War database, with the full text of major articles from The New York Herald,The Charleston Mercury and The Richmond Enquirer from November 1, 1860 to April 15, 1865.
  • The African-American Newspapers database, containing seven of the major African-American newspapers of the 19th century and other major historical newspapers from the 18th and 19th century.

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Heritage Quest

Provides a keyword searchable collection of genealogical research materials for tracing family history and American culture


  • More than 25,000 family and local history books
  • The complete United States Federal Census, 1790-1930
  • The Periodical Source Index (PERSI)
  • A subject index to more than 6,500 genealogy and local history periodicals
  • Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files

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News Bank

Access full-text articles published in The State (from 1987 to present) and 187 other newspapers from around the country


  • In-depth information on local and regional issues, as well as national and international news
  • Newspaper obituaries and death notices from nationwide publications
  • National social security death index
  • Some news magazine coverage

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