Welcome to Durham Public Library’s genealogy and local history resource page. The library has a dedicated space, The Heritage Room, which houses our local history materials and a computer exclusively used for research.

The tabs above will take you to links that provide specific types of information related to Durham’s history and its citizens. The HeritageQuest and Ancestry links below are two very comprehensive websites for finding records and photographs.
For information on how to access HeritageQuest from home, please contact the library.

HeritageQuest's source document holdings are over 250,000 titles strong, making it America's largest genealogical information provider. It produces high-use data and timely, informative periodicals for genealogy enthusiasts at every level.
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Ancestry® Library Edition delivers hundreds of millions of names from sources such as federal and U.S. censuses; birth, death, and marriage records including the Social Security Death Index; and U.S. border crossing and trans-ocean ship records.

Ancestry.com can only be used in the library. Ask for assistance at the desk.


Photographs at the top of the page courtesy of UNH Historical Collections.