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Looking for family history? Use your Durham County Library card and PIN to enjoy free access to the following online resources:

Ancestry Library Edition

Temporarily available from any computer using your library card
Census data, vital records, military records, and immigration records

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Documenting the American South

Books, oral histories, diaries, and letters related to Southern history, culture, and literature


Online archive of Durham’s The Herald-Sun newspaper. Full text edition with news and feature articles from 1995 to current. Full color image edition with news, feature articles, obituaries, advertisements, and extra sections available from October 2018 to current.

Heritage Quest

Census data, local history, and family records


Local histories and genealogy guides in ebook and e-audio

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North Carolina Collection

Durham photographs, oral histories, historic city directories, and urban renewal records

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