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County Library can help trace family tree

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The Porter County Public Library System has added another Genealogy resource that uses technology to make tracing family trees easier. ProQuest Obituaries™ , available at branch libraries in Hebron, Kouts, Portage, South Haven and Valparaiso and from home, offers more than 10 million obituaries and death notices in full-image format. An obituary is often the only biographical sketch that was ever devoted to an individual and can provide valuable clues that significantly advance genealogical research.

This database provides patrons and library users with content dating as far back as 1851 from national newspapers including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Defender, The New York Times and more. Researchers can discover valuable clues about their ancestors, including proper full name, maiden name, spousal information, relatives’ names, occupation, religion, cause of death, and more.

Additional Genealogy resources include HeritageQuest Online™ and Ancestry® Library Editions. HeritageQuest allows patrons to search the U.S. Federal Census collection, over 20,000 family and local history books, an index to nearly 2 million magazine articles with genealogical information and a database of Revolutionary War era records. Ancestry® Library provides access to a searchable database of U.S. census data, birth, marriage, and death records, World War I draft registration information, Social Security death records, and immigration lists and probate records.

Visit your local Porter County Public Library Branch in Hebron, Kouts, Portage, South Haven or Valparaiso. For more information about ProQuest Obituaries™ call the Genealogy Department at 462-0524, or visit PCPLS on the Web at .

To access ProQuest Obituaries™ and all PCPLS databases, go to the Online Reference Resources page on the PCPLS website. If you are accessing the database remotely (from outside a library), you will need to enter your 14-digit library barcode number.

This resource is just one more way that PCPLS is meeting the information needs of our patrons. Other online resources include the following: AllData, Ancestry Library, Antiques Reference Database, Books in Print, Dun & Bradstreet and Heritage Quest Online.

Also, INSPIRE and INSPIRE Kids, LearningExpress Library, NewsBank, New England, ProQuest Obituaries, Reference USA, SIRS , TumbleBooks and TumblePuzzles.


Posted 11/27/2006