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History and Genealogy Resources

Resources provided by MBCPL

This online resource makes it easy to research your heritage, with access to Census, Military, and Immigration records, as well as, Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificates. Free access is only available on computers in Main and Branch Libraries.

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Provides an essential collection of genealogical & historical sources, U.S. Federal Censuses, books, bank records, unique primary sources, local & family histories, and more!  Local library card number required.

Additional free resources recommended by MBCPL


The Civil Rights Digital Library promotes an enhanced understanding of the Movement by helping users discover primary sources and other educational materials from libraries, archives, museums, public broadcasters, and others on a national scale.


Register online to access records of Ellis Island.

Family Search records span billions of names across hundreds of collections—including birth, marriage, death, probate, land, military, IGI extracted, and more.


The Vital Research Records Project is placing Birth, Death, and Marriage certificates on-line. Users can search the records and view scanned images of the original records.

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