Have you been wanting to trace your family’s history? Getting started can be a daunting process, and with the recent release of 1950s census data, there is more information to uncover than ever! But did you know that your library card gives you free access to genealogy resources? From databases, to books, to helpful guides, there are numerous tools to make the process more approachable.
HeritageQuest provides a collection of research materials for tracing family history and American culture including census data, city directories, agricultural and industrial schedules, and more.
Available through the Library of Virginia, Ancestry for Virginians provides access to select collections and content through an agreement with Ancestry.com. Patrons can create a free account to access digitized and indexed records and materials. Note that these records do not include the entirety of Ancestry's Virginia-related content, and search results may include materials not part of the Library of Virginia's collections. For full access to Ancestry.com, visit the second floor reading rooms at the Library of Virginia.
In addition to Ancestry for Virginians, the Library of Virginia provides other helpful genealogical resources to start your journey!
Searching for family members outside of the state of Virginia? Try out some of these online resources as well:
Good luck with your genealogy project! HCPL staff are here to help you with any further questions, either in-person or online through AskHCPL!
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The link for HeritageQuest -- https://www.ancestryheritagequest.com/HQA -- above in this article under Databases doesn't work for me.
Hi Susan! Our apologies for the inconvenience. The link appears to be working again. We are not positive what caused the initial error, but should you have any difficulty with the link in the future, please let us know. An alternative way to access HeritageQuest is to visit the Research and Learning page on our website and explore all of our databases.
I still get an error message --
"Our apologies, we seem to be having a problem loading this page."
It is their authorization page and I didn't have the opportunity to enter my HCPL card number.
Hi Susan, thank you for reaching out and reporting the error. Our apologies again for the inconvenience! We've discovered this was a network issue. Those accessing the link on the Library's network could do so without issue, but for those accessing the link from home/outside of the Library's network, the database was not displaying properly. We've updated and tested the link so it should now work regardless of which network you're using. Please let us know if you run into any additional issues. We appreciate your patience as we've worked to troubleshoot this!