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Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition offers instant access to a wide range of unique resources for genealogical and historical research. With more than 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 databases, Ancestry Library Edition includes records from the United States Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and more! These collections are continuously expanding, with new content added every business day.
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HeritageQuest Online contains essential collections of genealogical and historical sources - with coverage dating back to the 1700s.

Now powered by Ancestry, HeritageQuest Online offers the following core data sets:

(Accessible in all Pratt Library Locations, or from home with your library card)

Sanborn Maps (Digital) - Maryland

Bell & Howell Information and Learning's Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970 provides academic and public libraries digital access to more than 660,000 large-scale maps of more than 12,000 American towns and cities. Users have the ability to easily manipulate the maps, magnify and zoom in on specific sections, and layer maps from different years. Our subscription includes the Maryland maps from 1890-1953.
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