Are you beginning genealogy research?  Check out the resources available through the Adams County Library System.
Available through our website,, all Adams County Library cardholders have access to HeritageQuest Online.  HeritageQuest is a comprehensive online resource that has access to many primary source resources to get you started on your genealogical quest – and has the added benefit that you can search it from the comfort of your own home.  Wondering what some of the resources available through HeritageQuest are?
Census Records – HeritageQuest contains over 700 million records from the U.S. Federal Census (1790-1940) and national censuses from other countries, including Argentina and the Czech Republic.
City Directories – Contains over 1.5 million records from various city and county directories (1821-1989).
Military Records – Contains over 2 million records from state and country military records including the US Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files (1800-1900), US Records of Confederate Prisoners of War (1861-1865), and US Remarried Widows Index to Pension Applications (1887-1942).
Wills and Probate Records – There are over 170 million pages from the largest collection of wills and probate records in the United States.
Maps & Photos – HeritageQuest contains US Indexed County Land Ownership Maps (1860-1910), US Enumeration District Maps and Descriptions (1940), US Indexed Early Land Ownership and Township Plats (1785-1898), and Library of Congress Photo Collection (1840-2000).
And there’s much more available.  If you’re just getting started with HeritageQuest and are looking for some assistance, pay attention to the Events Calendar on our website - an introductory class on HeritageQuest is on the way.
For those who are looking for a larger database to search, the Gettysburg Library has a computer dedicated to Found in the Local History area on the second floor of the Gettysburg Library, this computer has access to billions of records of census data, vital records, directories and more.
As with HeritageQuest, Ancestry is always being updated.  Its collections include:
U.S. Collections – Census Records; birth, death and marriage records (including the Social Security Death Index); and U.S. border crossing and trans-ocean ship records. 
U.K. Collections – Ancestry offer censuses for England, Wales, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, and Scotland, with nearly 200 million records: Births and Baptisms (1834-1906), Marriage Licenses (1521-1869), Deaths and Burials (1834-1934), and Poor Law Records (1840-1938) in London, and more.
Military Collections - Over 150 million records containing information often not found elsewhere and includes records from the colonial to the Vietnam era.
And a multimedia collection that has millions of files ranging from family and gravestone photos to postcards and newsreels.
The computer in the Local History area of the Gettysburg Library is available whenever the library is open on a first come, first serve basis.  We hope to see you soon as you begin your search.

Submitted by Sara Edmiston, Public Services Librarian