Articles & Databases

Explore our collection of hundreds of online resources and databases. Use our free online content to help with your research, whether it's finding a single article, tracing a family tree, learning a new language, or anything in between.

American Ancestors

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Databases of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Highlights include full-text access to the New England Historical and Genealogical Register (1847-1994), and New England state vital records and index resources, including New York.  To access these resources, select Search→Databases or Browse→Databases from the main menu.  
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Stephen A. Schwarzman BuildingStavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL)
Genealogy
Offers full-text access to the New England Historical and Genealogical Register from 1847 to 1994, genealogies, vital records of many New England towns, military records, and church records. Updated regularly. Highlights: Death Notices from the New York Evening Post, 1801-1890; Marriage Notices from the New York Evening Post, 1801-1890 and Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850.
English

America's Historical Newspapers

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Searchable full-text and page images of newspapers from across the country including early newspapers, 1690-1922; America's Urban Centers Newspaper Collection, 1807-1880; African American Newspapers, 1827-1998; Ethnic American Newspapers from the Balch Collection, 1799-1971; Caribbean Newspapers, 1718-1876; and Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980; Early American Newspapers, Series 15, 1822-1879: Immigrant Communities.  Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to NYPL cardholders working from home, courtesy of Readex/Newsbank.
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All Branch LibrariesSchomburg Center for Research in Black CultureStephen A. Schwarzman BuildingThe New York Public Library for the Performing ArtsThomas Yoseloff Business Center
History, Genealogy, New York City History, United States History, Reference, Historical Newspapers, U.S. Newspapers, American Studies
English

Ancestry Library Edition

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Access billions of names in thousands of genealogical databases including Census and Vital Records, birth, marriage and death notices, the Social Security Death Index, Passenger lists and naturalizations, Military and Holocaust Records, City Directories, New York Emigrant Savings Bank records, and African American and Native American Records. Library version of Ancestry.com.   ***PLEASE NOTE THAT TEMPORARY REMOTE ACCESS TO THIS DATABASE HAS BEEN TERMINATED.***
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All Branch LibrariesSchomburg Center for Research in Black CultureStavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL)Stephen A. Schwarzman BuildingThe New York Public Library for the Performing ArtsThomas Yoseloff Business Center
Government and Law, Census Data, History, Biography, Genealogy
English

Biography and Genealogy Master Index

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Indexes biographical listings in print dictionaries and encyclopedias covering millions individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world. A good resource for researching those who are less well-known or famous. 
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Biography, Genealogy
Listings are from English-language biographical dictionaries, subject encyclopedias, and related works. Listings often provide birth and death years, as well as giving the source of the biographical listing, publisher, year of publication, and other pertinent data.
English

Biography in Context

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Provides biographical information on 650,000+ people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines. For more in-depth biographies of figures from American history, consult American National Biography
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All Branch LibrariesSchomburg Center for Research in Black CultureStephen A. Schwarzman BuildingThe New York Public Library for the Performing ArtsThomas Yoseloff Business Center
Biography, Reference, Homework Help, Encyclopedias, African American Studies, American Studies
The included Lives & Perspectives Collection supports high-school curricula and university coursework by providing multidisciplinary content on notable figures and the societal forces that have shaped their lives.
English

FamilySearch

Operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), this free website offers a variety of genealogical databases, access to unindexed images of genealogical records, the Social Security Death Index, wiki entries describing various types of genealogical research, and access to the Family History Library's catalog. Free access to the 1940 United States Federal Census.
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Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Genealogy
Ancestral File: Over 35 million pedigrees and family group records. Census: Every-name index to the 1880 U.S. Census, the 1881 British Isles Census, and the 1881 Canadian Census. International Genealogical Index: More than 300 million birth, christening, and marriage records. Family History Library Catalog: The catalog of the collection located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Many of the microfilmed records can be ordered through more than 3,200 Family History Centers worldwide. Family History SourceGuide: An automated collection of more than 150 publications from the Family History Library. Web Sites: A guide to web sites with useful family history information.
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Find My Past

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Find My Past includes genealogicial records from the United States, along with England, Ireland, New Zealand, and other smaller record sets from around the globe. Researchers can also access the PERiodical Source Index (PERSI) via this database.  PERSI provides access to millions of entries from historical and genealogical publications. Keep in mind that the 1939 registers and the newspaper packages on FMP are not included in library subscriptions. For access to newspapers, please browse NYPL's collection of historical titles
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All Branch LibrariesSchomburg Center for Research in Black CultureStephen A. Schwarzman BuildingThe New York Public Library for the Performing ArtsThomas Yoseloff Business CenterStavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL)
Genealogy
English

Fold3

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Historical primary documents featuring U.S. city directories, naturalization records, and Revolutionary War Pensions. Collections include: History and Genealogy Archives, African American Archives, Native American Archives, Revolutionary War Archives, US Bureau of Investigation Case File Archives, and World War II Archives. Formerly known as Footnote.com.
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Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureStephen A. Schwarzman BuildingThe New York Public Library for the Performing ArtsThomas Yoseloff Business CenterStavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL)
Government and Law, History, Genealogy, New York City History, United States History
English

HeritageQuest

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This genealogical database allows researchers to search U.S. Federal Census records, digitized family and local history books, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files and the Freedman's Bank Records (1865-1874), maps, and a wealth of other historical collections and research guides. 
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Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureStavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL)Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Government and Law, Census Data, Genealogy, Area and Cultural Studies, African American Studies
English

Newspapers.com

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Newspapers.com is the largest online newspaper archive consisting of 300+ million pages of historical newspapers from 11,100+ newspapers from around the United States and beyond, with a special focus on full runs and portions of runs of well-known, regional and state titles in addition to small local newspapers. The collection includes a broad range of dates, mostly covering the 19th and 20th centuries.  Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to NYPL cardholders working from home, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Newspapers.com.
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All Branch LibrariesSchomburg Center for Research in Black CultureStephen A. Schwarzman BuildingThe New York Public Library for the Performing ArtsThomas Yoseloff Business Center
Genealogy, New York City History, United States History, News Media, Journalism and Publishing, Historical Newspapers, U.S. Individual Newspapers, U.S. Newspapers, African American Studies
English

New York Times (1851-2017) w/ Index

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Searchable full-text and page images from The New York Times archive with the option to search by subject headings (index covers 1851-1993).     
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All Branch LibrariesSchomburg Center for Research in Black CultureStephen A. Schwarzman BuildingThe New York Public Library for the Performing ArtsThomas Yoseloff Business Center
Business, Government and Law, History, Genealogy, New York City History, United States History, Performing Arts, Reference, Magazines, Journals and Serials, Historical Newspapers, U.S. Newspapers, American Studies
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