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Genealogy Databases are Now Available for All Lee County Residents

Genealogy Databases are Now Available for All Lee County Residents

Ancestry is one of two great genealogy databases that are now available at all five Lee County Libraries!

With a recent budget increase from the Lee County Board of Supervisors, the Lee County Libraries voted to purchase a joint subscription to ProQuest genealogy databases.  Ancestry and HeritageQuest are now available in Donnellson, Fort Madison, Keokuk, Montrose, and West Point libraries for all Lee County residents.

Ancestry Library Edition is available in each library by using a library computer or via the library’s wi-fi.  Ancestry is a searchable database that delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more.

Ancestry’s popular and recently-added collections include:

U.S. censuses; birth, death, and marriage records including the Social Security Death Index; and U.S. border crossing and trans-ocean ship records.

Censuses for England, Wales, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, and Scotland; Births and Baptisms (1834-1906), Marriage Licenses (1521-1869), Deaths and Burials (1834-1934), and Poor Law Records (1840-1938) in London.

German census, vital records, emigration indexes, ship lists, phone directories, and more; Chinese surnames in the large and growing Jiapu Collection of Chinese lineage books; Jewish family history records from Eastern Europe and Russia; and more.

Military collections deliver over 150 million records containing information often not found elsewhere; and includes records from the colonial to the Vietnam era.

Multimedia collections deliver millions of files ranging from family and gravestone photos to postcards and newsreels.

HeritageQuest is available in each library from a computer or wi-fi, and remotely from any computer with Internet access.  For Donnellson, Fort Madison, Keokuk, and West Point libraries, you can find a link on their website and log in using a library card number.  For the Montrose Public Library, you may request a login and password from the library.

HeritageQuest Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids.  Coverage dates back to the 1700s to help residents find their ancestors and discover the past.

The HeritageQuest collection consists of six core data sets:

U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790 – 1930; genealogy, local history, and family history books; Periodical Source Index (PERSI), with access to over 2 million local history periodicals since 1800; Revolutionary War records; Freedman’s Bank Records, which offers important clues to tracing African American ancestors prior to and immediately after the Civil War; and LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set, which records the memorials, petitions, and private relief actions made to the U.S. Congress back to 1789.

For more information about Ancestry or HeritageQuest and other genealogy resources, see your local librarian or visit