Library Databases From Home

In addition to the hundreds of databases published by NEHGS and available on, there are databases published by other organizations which NEHGS subscribes to and makes available for its Research and Contributing members to access from home. These databases can be accessed by clicking on the links below and logging in with your AmericanAncestors username and password.

Please note that these databases are third-party-operated sites, and NEHGS is not responsible for the functionality, accuracy, quality, or timeliness of any content contained on the third-party sites accessed from this page. Users are responsible for adhering to any and all Terms and Conditions and Copyrights of the database owners.

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TEMPORARY DATABASES FROM HOME: During this period of the COVID-19 public health emergency, database vendors have generously made the following resources available temporarily for our members to access from home.

Early American Newspapers, Series I, 1690-1876

Temporary Access
Over one million pages of fully searchable early newspapers, such as the Boston Gazette, New-York Evening Post, and many more. Includes marriage, death, and court records.

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Interactive maps and data on original landowners from Public Land States and Texas. Also includes a collection of historical maps.

Parchemin Notarial Database

This database has a limited number of downloads available. Please download records only when necessary.
Contains hundreds of thousands of records from notarial minutes recorded in early Quebec between 1626 and 1799.

19th Century U.S. Newspapers

The 19th Century U.S. Newspapers database provides access to approximately 1.7 million pages of primary-source newspaper content from throughout the 1800s. It features full text and images from hundreds of papers from every region in the U.S., and it contains a wealth of genealogical content, including birth, death, and marriage notices. A few of the New England and New York papers are: Boston Daily Advertiser, New Haven Palladium, Bangor Daily Whig and Courier, New Hampshire Statesman, Providence Patriot, Vermont Chronicle, and New York Herald.

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Genealogy Quebec

A source for Quebec and French-Canadian genealogy research spanning from 1621 to the present, from the Drouin Institute. (Please note: This database has a very limited number of simultaneous users. If in use, please try at another time.)

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Irish Newspaper Archives

Through the Irish Newspaper Archive you will find a large collection of Irish newspapers from 1738 to current day. The archive consists of over 6 million images of pages of newspaper content from titles North and South of the Irish border, and includes newspaper obituaries, and birth, death and marriage notices.

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Marquis Biographies Online

Marquis Biographies Online features comprehensive profiles on over 1.4 million individuals from all fields of endeavor. It includes biographies from Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in the Midwest, and many other Who’s Who titles.

PLEASE NOTE: This database limits access to five simultaneous users. If you are unable to access it when the limit has been reached, please try again later.

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The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland is a reference work on family names of the UK, covering over 45,000 English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Cornish, and immigrant surnames that currently has more than 100 bearers, and those that had more than 20 bearers in the 1881 census. The database includes every surname that currently has more than 100 bearers, and those that had more than 20 bearers in the 1881 census. Each entry contains current and 1881 frequencies of the name, variant spellings of the name, and an explanation of its origins. Most entries also include a map of the 1881 geographic distribution of the name.

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