Biography & Genealogy

Biography & Genealogy

PTPL/WAGGIN Resources

Ancestry Library Edition

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World Book Encyclopedia Online features the same expert information found in the print version. In addition, the online version features a consolidated layout that makes it easier to find research tools, videos, audios and more in convenient drop-down tabs. This site includes access to World Book Mobile, World Book Kids, World Book Student, Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos, and World Book Timeslines.Please put a “pt” in front of your library card number to access World Book Online.

Heritage Quest

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Discover the amazing history of you with HeritageQuest Online–an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources with coverage dating back to the 1700s.  Find your ancestors and discover your past. To access, enter your Peters Township library card number.

POWER Library Resources

AP Images

AP Images

View the greatest events in world history with the Associated Press’s extensive collection of photographs, audio sound bites, video, and graphics, covering the last 185 years.  Over 3,000 photos, images, sound bites, and graphics are added to the collection daily.

Books & Authors

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Powered by Gale’s popular What Do I Read Next? series, Books & Authors connects readers from every reading level to fiction and non-fiction books that match their interests.  Explore books, authors, genres and topics from more than 240,000 titles.

Contemporary Authors

Contemporary Authors

Discover biographical and bibliographical information on more than 145,000 of today’s most influential authors, including novelists, poets, playwrights, nonfiction writers, print & broadcast journalists, editors, photojournalists, syndicated cartoonists, script and screen writers, and more.

LitFinder

LitFinder

International in scope, LitFinder covers all time periods and  genres.  Users can access full-text works from over 80,000 authors from 660 nationalities, as well as biographies, speeches, photographs, plays, summaries, and glossaries covering the 16th through 20th centuries.

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Allegheny County Resources for Genealogical Research

Allegheny County Resources for Genealogical Research

A collection of links provided by the Allegheny County Wills/Orphan’ Court Division. Resources include information on finding birth and death records, deeds and land transactions, estate papers, marriage records, and more—both within and outside of the county.

Castle Garden Immigration Search

Castle Garden Immigration Search

Discover biographical and bibliographical information on more than 145,000 of today’s most influential authors, including novelists, poets, playwrights, nonfiction writers, print & broadcast journalists, editors, photojournalists, syndicated cartoonists, script and screen writers, and more.

Cemetery Records Online

Cemetery Records Online

Find cemetery records and listings from thousands of cemeteries all over the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, and other areas throughout the world. net provides free access to over 6 million cemetery records and inscriptions.

Ellis Island Passenger Search

Ellis Island Passenger Search

Provided by Statue of Library – Ellis Island Foundation, the Port of New York Passenger Records from 1820-1957 contain the passenger lists of almost 65 million immigrants, passengers, and crew members who came through Ellis Island and the Port.

Family Search

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Family Search is a genealogy organization operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They maintain one of the largest free collections of records, resources, and services designed to help people learn more about their family history

Find A Grave

Find A Grave

The World's largest gravesite collection. Contribute, create and discover gravesites from all over the world. Find A Grave contains millions of Cemetery Records and grave stone pictures—with more added daily.

Genealogical Society of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Genealogical Society of Southwestern Pennsylvania

The Genealogical Society of Southwestern Pennsylvania is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping others discover and preserve information about their families. Their website contains helpful links for conducting family research in the county.

United States Census Bureau

United States Census Bureau

A one-stop shop for information on America and the American people. Access information from the American Community Survey, Current Population Survey, Population Projections, and other specialized surveys, as well as historic census information.

Washington County Historical Society

Washington County Historical Society

The Washington County Historical Society administers several sites—the Francis J. LeMoyne House, the LeMoyne Crematory, the Norma K. Grimes Research Library and the Washington County Frontier History Center. The Historical Society utilizes these sites to educate the public through offering tours, special events, outreach programs and research services.  As the repository for Washington County heritage, the Historical Society maintains an extensive collection of documents and artifacts.

Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society

Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society

The Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society is a non-profit organization of amateur and professional family historians and has compiled a wealth of genealogical information. Find information on surname history, the first families of Western Pennsylvania, genealogical forms, and more.

POWER Library and its databases are made possible in part by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and through Library Access Funds administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Department of Education, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.