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World Vital Records for Genealogy Research

World Vital Records for Genealogy Research

Searching for your roots is about to get easier. On July 1, 2014, the library launches World Vital Records—an online service that will help you tell your family story. World Vital Records replaces Heritage Quest as the genealogy resource CRRL library card holders can access online remotely.

Unlike Heritage Quest, the new service provides complete U.S. Census data—from 1790 to 1940. You can also search birth, marriage, death, and other vital records from many countries; family trees worldwide; newspapers; and historic U.S. maps.

To access World Vital Records from your home computer, go to Click on Research in the righthand column or choose the History option and click on Genealogy. You can also bookmark this link.

If you need help using this wonderful new resource, stop by your branch library and ask the Research staff for advice. As always, you can also use computers within the library to access our genealogy resource, Ancestry Library Edition.