The GenealogyBank resource has been retired.

Try the HeritageHub resource to explore your family history
with the premier collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices
for in-depth genealogical research from 1704 – today.

Check out more of our historical research resources.

What is GenealogyBank?

Find birth announcements from small-town newspapers and other hard-to-find documentation of family history. Climb beyond the names and dates on your family tree to the recorded details of their daily lives. Find the facts in over 3,600 fragile, rare newspapers, books and documents.

How do I get Started?

  1. Have your library card ready (Don't have one? No problem! Check out our eCard registration page)

  2. Click on the "Go" button above

  3. Sign in with your library card if asked


  • Historical Newspapers 1690-1922America’s GenealogyBank's comprehensive newspaper archive features over 230 years of fully-searchable historical newspapers printed in small towns and big cities throughout the U.S. Title list available by state. 

  • Historical Books 1749-1900A unique source that provides you with complete text of more than 11,700 books, pamphlets and printed items. Title list available. 

  • Historical Documents 1789-1994Explore military records, casualty lists, Revolutionary and Civil War pension requests, widow's claims, orphan petitions, land grants, and other interesting historical documentation to aid in your family research. Title list available by publication or date. 

  • America's Obituaries 1977- CurrentObituaries are a great place to start your genealogy research. Obituaries contain ancestor names, dates, birthplaces, marriage info, death records, and other relevant family history information. Title list available by state. 

  • Social Security Death Index 1937-2014 The SSDI contains more than 89 million death records for individuals with United States Social Security numbers.

Available for use on

Any computer, tablet or phone with internet and browser capabilities.  There is currently no app for this product. 

Need Help?

Contact us by emailphone or in person at any library branch

Also check out the Help link in the top right of the GenealogyBank homepage.