eResources - History & Genealogy

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California Digital Newspaper Collection

A free database including scans of historical California newspapers published from 1846 to the present.

California Room Local History Resources

San Jose Public Library's California Room page has digitized local collections and other local history resources.

Defining Documents in American History: LGBTQ+ (1923-2017)

Analysis of primary source documents from the ongoing movement to achieve recognition and equality for members of the LGBTQ+ community.

Digital Public Library of America

The DPLA empowers people to learn, grow, and contribute to society by maximizing access to our shared history, culture, and knowledge.

Gale In Context: Biography

Find hundreds of thousands of biographical entries, past and present, from around the world. From Gale.

Gale In Context: US History

Get contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in U.S. History.

Gale In Context: World History in Context

Get contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in World History.

Gale Primary Sources: Archives Unbound

Presents topically-focused digital collections of historical documents that support the research and study needs of scholars and students.

Global Encyclopedia of LGBTQ History

An interdisciplinary approach to LGBTQ topics in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and North America.

Library of Congress Digital Collections

Library of Congress Digital Collections features thousands of items in hundreds of subject areas.

Missions of California

Color eBooks for school reports about California missions covering history, the mission today, and a project. username/password = missions


Find ancestors and research genealogy using census, birth, marriage, death and military records, newspaper articles, and family trees.

Newsbank: San José Mercury News Archive

(1985-present) Full-text articles and death notices, excluding classifieds and ads. Includes articles from other sources.

Newsbank: San José Mercury News Historical Archive

(1900-1985) Digital access to archived issues; full-page scans include articles, obituaries, classifieds, and other advertising. California Collection

Research 547 California newspaper archives and old news articles to help uncover California history, your genealogy and family stories.

Sanborn Maps California

Historical street maps including building outlines, property boundaries, and natural features. For San José and California, 1867-1970.

United States Census Bureau

The Census Bureau's mission is to serve as the nation's leading provider of quality data about its people and economy.

Web Resources about Genealogy

These web resources have been selected for you by librarians.
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