Genealogy & History

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Ancestry Library Edition is one of the best sources for genealogical research.

Remote access is temporarily available until December 31, 2021. To access the database remotely (from outside the library,) log into you patron account here, click the down arrow on the top right side of the webpage, then choose the  "Ancestry Access" link toward the top of the page. 

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This resource offers online access to primary source materials covering a vast array of topics important to U.S. and California history. With more than 290 archives and over 14 million pages available, this resource comes to us through the generosity of the California State Library.  

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CDNC is a freely accessible repository of digitized California newspapers from 1846 to the present. This collection includes 193,562 issues comprising 2,046,273 pages and 16,861,779 articles.

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This excellent and ever-expanding database provides family history information found in public birth, marriage, death, and census documents collected from around the world by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

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Like Ancestry, this wonderful tool provides access to all available U.S. and Canadian census data, as well as a variety of city directories and other resources to help you build your family tree! HeritageQuest is always available inside the library and outside the library at any hour of the day to Beaumont Library cardholders!

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Click here to browse Beaumont area historical newspapers that have been digitized from Beaumont Library's own archives and can be freely searched on a word-by-word basis. Take a look into the past and you might see something, or someone, you recognize. PLEASE NOTE: This link will work only from within the library building.

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Online Archive of California (OAC) provides free public access to detailed descriptions of primary source collections (artwork, manuscripts, papers, historic photographs, etc.) maintained by more than 150 libraries, special collections, archives, historical societies, and museums throughout California, including collections maintained by the 10 University of California (UC) campuses.