Thursday, July 20, 2006

Union County Freeholders Fund Databases for Area Libraries

The Union County Freeholders , led by Chairman Al Mirabella, voted in March to fund three databases for local libraries. The databases are purchased from ProQuest and offer the New York Times in full-text and two genealogy databases, Heritage Quest and Ancestry Library. The first two of these are available from BHPL and remotely. Ancestry is available only from library computers. A library card is needed to access these databases from home computers. Go to the BHPL homepage and click on the Remote Databases link. Enter your BHPL barcode and pin and proceed from there. If you select Heritage Quest or the New York Times Historical from the database chart, the links take you to the Union County Library Connection page where you have to click on the database you want yet again. Sorry about the round-about route, but it's worth the trip to use these resources. The New York Times Historical has the full-text from 1851 to 2003. (More recent years of the NYT are available from the Newspapers Nine database. Heritage Quest and Ancestry Plus have the U.S. Census, thousands of genealogical books, papers and records. It's amazing to type in a family name and see what pops up. As usual, if you have any questions, call the Reference Desk.

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