Genealogy Resources

Holyoke Public Library patrons can now search family history in two new genealogical databases, Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest Online.  Access to these databases is made possible by a generous donation from the Friends of the Holyoke Public Library.

Ancestry Library Edition provides access to millions of unique, full-text primary sources and enhanced images, including:  U.S., U.K. and Canadian Census records;  Canadian genealogical records;  U.S. military records;  and immigration, passport, and naturalization records.

Please note that you must be in the Library to access Ancestry Library Edition. You may be on a Library computer or use your own device.  If you are in the Library, click on the image below. 
(Tip: Ancestry works best in the Firefox Browser.  Ask a Librarian if you need help.)

Our second database, HeritageQuest Online is available remotely with your Holyoke Public Library card, as well as from every Library computer.
In addition to providing access to tens of thousands of family and local history books, HeritageQuest Online now contains United States Census records through 1940 and City Directories from across the country.  The latter contain a wealth of information, including addresses and occupations of adults.

To access, click on the image below.  If you are outside the library, you will be taken to a page where you can enter your Holyoke Public Library card number.  Please contact the History Room at (413) 420-8107 if you have any difficulties accessing HeritageQuest Online from home.