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The ACPL Genealogy Center is a unique and valuable resource for the entire genealogical community at large. They have one of the largest research collections available, incorporating records from around the world, their staff specializes in genealogy, and they are always available to help.
Last Updated: 31 March 2017
On February 16-17, 1894, the Butler Area Public Library was opened by the Literary Club, a group of 123 Butler women. In 1917, the library became the recipient of a grant from Andrew Carnegie, becoming one of the original Carnegie libraries. With funds from the Carnegie grant, the Butler Area Public Library opened at its present location, 218 N. McKean Street, in 1921. Many resources are listed that require either a visit to the Library or access with a library card.
Last Updated: 21 October 2019
The establishment of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh was forecast in a letter, November 25, 1881, from Andrew Carnegie to the Mayor of Pittsburgh, in which Mr. Carnegie offered to donate $250,000 for a free library, provided the City would agree to provide the land and maintain the annual funding for library operations. After additional consideration, Mr. Carnegie increased his charter investment to $1 million to build and equip a Main Library and five neighborhood branches, with the City of Pittsburgh agreeing to provide $40,000 for their ongoing support. Founding public libraries became a personal philanthropic mission for Mr. Carnegie. To him, libraries were vital, non-luxury assets to be supported by public dollars. When finished, Mr. Carnegie established more than 2,500 libraries around the world.
Last Updated: 21 October 2019
Historic Pittsburgh is a comprehensive collection of local resources that supports personal and scholarly research of the western Pennsylvania area. This website enables access to historic material held by libraries, museums and institutions of higher learning in the area providing centralized access to selections of their respective historic materials.
Last Updated: 31 March 2017
Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. This site includes the "Wayback Machine," where you can explore more than 389 billion web pages saved over time that may no longer be available elsewhere.
Last Updated: 21 October 2019
The Library of Congress (LOC) is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps, and manuscripts in its collections. The LOC is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office. The LOC preserves and provides access to a rich, diverse and enduring source of knowledge to inform, inspire and engage you in your intellectual and creative endeavors. Whether you are new to the LOC or an experienced researcher, the LOC has a world-class staff ready to assist you online and in person.
Last Updated: 21 October 2019
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever. Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching a historical topic that interests you. Search online; research in person; access to archival databases (AAD); order copies of records; browse online exhibits.
Last Updated: 21 October 2019
American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is America’s founding genealogical organization and the most respected name in family history. Established in 1845, We are the nation’s leading comprehensive resource for family history research and the largest Society of its kind in the world. We provide expert family history services through our staff, original scholarship, data-rich website, educational opportunities, and research center to help family historians of all levels explore their past and understand their families’ unique place in history. Search databases, library catalog, external data, and digital collections.
Last Updated: 21 October 2019
The Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation (PHLF), was founded in 1964 by a group of citizens who passionately believed that historic preservation, rather than massive demolition, could be a tool for renewing communities, creating pride among residents, and achieving sustainable economic development.
Last Updated: 21 October 2019
Project Gutenberg offers over 53,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books and/or free kindle books, that you can download them or read them online. Most Project Gutenberg ebooks were previously published by bona fide publishers. That are digitized and diligently proofread with the help of thousands of volunteers.
Last Updated: 31 March 2017
The Library & Archives collection includes 700,000 photographs, prints, and negatives; 40,000 books, pamphlets, and monographs; 3,500 individual archival collections of families, organizations, businesses, and industries; 600 periodical titles; and 500 Geographic Locations and atlases
Last Updated: 3 August 2016
The Board administers a Federal retirement benefit program covering the nation's railroad workers. The records they maintain deal primarily with the administration and payment of these benefits and they can provide information on deceased persons for the purpose of genealogical research, but not on still living persons without the written consent of that person.
Last Updated: 29 October 2020
WorldCat is the world's largest network of library content and services. WorldCat libraries are dedicated to providing access to their resources on the Web, where most people start their search for information. WorldCat also has a huge collection of downloadable books in various formats.
Last Updated: 31 March 2017