Genealogy Resources

Ancestry Library Edition
Genealogical database featuring a variety of family history resources (in-library use only). Watch our YouTube video tutorial.

For a limited time, you can get Ancestry Library Edition from home. Go to our library catalog website and log in with your library card. Once logged in, you’ll see the Ancestry link on the left side of the page.

Ancestry - Virginia Genealogy
Access genealogy records that pertain to Virginia.

Black Freedom Struggle in the United States is provided by Proquest and features expertly selected open primary source documents from specific time periods in the US history marked by the opposition African Americans have faced on the road to freedom.

Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970
Provides a wealth of information, such as building outline, size and shape. Come explore America's rich and diverse building history. Access from home: Go to our library catalog website and log in with your library card. Once logged in, you’ll see the Digital Sanborn Maps link on the left side of the page.

Fold3 by Ancestry
Search and browse historical military records with ease. Find official military records with deep first-person content, including bios, photos, letters and more. More than 470 million searchable records span hundreds of years.

HeritageQuest Online
Searchable images of U.S. federal census records, family records, and local histories.

MyHeritage Library Edition
Find over 12 billion historical records from across the world, including US Census records from England, Wales, and the US. View more than 4 billion family tree profiles from MyHeritage and Geni, plus access millions of US public records. MyHeritage is perfect for genealogy research with birth, death, and marriage records, plus there are ongoing content contributions daily.

Newsbank
Access to full-text articles on local news, issues, events, and people, as well as current and archived issues of Roanoke Times. Updated daily, it includes obituaries, editorials, announcements, and other sections.

Newspapers.com
Look through historical newspapers archived from the 1700s-2000s with 4,000+ news titles from the U.S. and around the world. Learn about this database by taking Alan’s virtual program, Unearthing Lost Obituaries.