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Virtual Research Guide:
Biography & Genealogy

Resources in this research guide include databases, digital reference books, and Internet sites covering the subjects of biography and genealogy. The materials included in this guide would be generally classified in the 920s of the Dewey Decimal System.

 

Featured Databases
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Ancestry LE: An enhanced version of AncestryPlus, this database contains genealogical information from thousands of sources, including death indexes and census records. Claims to index more than 1 billion names. (in-Library use only)
Biography in Context: Contains profiles, citations to magazine articles, and links to Web sites providing biographical information about notable people from around the world, throughout history, and from all walks of life.
Gale Genealogy Connect: Complements other fact/people based genealogy sources such as Ancestry LE and HeritageQuest. It contains unique references in a fully-searchable format from over 550 authoritative sources. Topics covered include genealogy best practices, research methods and sources, royal and noble ancestry, ship passenger lists, immigration, colonial genealogy, and Native American genealogy. This resource also features helpful 'how-to' lessons for those new to genealogy research.
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HeritageQuest: Contains a unique collection of research materials, including all available U.S. Census records, for tracing and researching family history and American culture. Includes indexes and original page images for all documents.
Marquis Biographies Online (Who's Who): Contains basic biographical information on more than 1.4 million noteworthy individuals. All of the entries from the Marquis Who’s Who print tiles published since 1985 are included in this database. Coverage is international and biographies date from 1607. Updated daily and searchable by 15 different criteria.
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New York Times: Historical: A digital archive of full-text articles, with images, from the New York Times from 1851 through 2001.

ProQuest Obituaries: More than 10 million obituaries and death notices in full-image format from historical archives and top newspapers. Entries date as far back as 1851 and cover all regions of the United States.

Digital Reference Collections
GVRL (Gale Virtual Reference Library) Topics: Biography
Digital Reference Book Titles
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Encyclopedia of World Biography: A multicultural biographical source that covers notable individuals from every part of the world and from all time periods who have made significant contributions to human culture.

Suggested Internet Resources

Biography:
Biography.com
Infobel World
Internet 800 Directory
Switchboard: Your Digital Directory
Whitepages.com
YellowBook
Intelius
Reverse Phone Directory

Genealogy:
African American Genealogy
Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center
Ancestry.com Genealogy and Family History Records
Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
Ellis Island
Family Treemaker
FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service
The Genealogy Home Page
Genealogy Resources by Veritas Prep
The National Archives: Resources for Genealogists
RootsWeb Genealogical Data Cooperative
The USGenWeb Project
WeRelate Wiki