A free database including scans of historical California newspapers published from 1846 to the present.
History & Genealogy
San Jose Public Library's California Room page has digitized local collections and other local history resources.
Offers analysis of primary source documents drawn from the ongoing movement to achieve recognition and equality for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Online exhibitions, primary source material, genealogical records, and eBook collections.
Find hundreds of thousands of biographical entries, past and present, from around the world. From Gale.
Get contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in U.S. History.
Get contextual information on hundreds of the most significant people, events and topics in World History.
Presents topically-focused digital collections of historical documents that support the research and study needs of scholars and students.
Covers LGBTQ topics in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East, as well as North America, and takes an interdisciplinary approach to the subject.
Take advantage of all the Library of Congress offers - from home! Digital Collections features thousands of items in hundreds of subject areas.
eBook collection covering the California Missions. Each book contains a history of each mission, the mission today, and a project. Perfect for school reports.
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Find ancestors and research genealogy. Includes census records, birth, marriage, & death records, military records, newspaper articles, and family trees.
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(1985-present) Full-text articles and death notices, excluding classifieds and other ads, from the San José Mercury News.
(1900-1985) Digital access to archived issues of the San Jose Mercury News; full-page scans include articles, obituaries, classifieds, and other advertising.
Newspapers.com California Collection provides access to 547 California newspaper archives. Research archive databases and old news articles to help uncover California history, your genealogy and family stories.
Sanborn Maps New!
Searchable database of the fire insurance maps published by the Sanborn Map Company. Detailed historical street maps include building outlines, property boundaries, and natural features. Collection now includes all US states.
The Census Bureau's mission is to serve as the nation's leading provider of quality data about its people and economy.
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