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. DPL's Ancestry.com library subscription is available for in-library use only. Please ask at the circulation desk if you need assistance.
Check out the DPL Heritage Room!
The Heritage Room at DPL is located just through the cafe and holds DPL's current collection of local historic resources including several newly inventoried collections like the Durham Paper Collection and the Town of Durham Annual Reports. We also hold other historic volumes including the State and Provincial Papers, Granite Monthly, local Town histories, local Yearbooks, several periodical collections and much more. The Heritage Room is open and available for public use during all open hour, unless it is previously booked. No food or drink is allowed in the Heritage Room and all resources are for in-library use only.
Local Burial and Cemetery Records
Durham Cemetery - Provides information on the Durham Cemetery and comprehensive cemetery map.
Durham Old Town Cemetery- Provides information on the Durham Cemetery and the people buried there as of approximately 1900.
Griffith's Family Plot- Provides information on the Griffith's Family Plot Cemetery in Durham/Newmarket and the people buried there as of approximately 1999.
Durham Historical Association - Since 1961, the Association has maintained a museum on the second floor of the old Town Hall that houses a growing collection of objects related to Durham, as well as archives of local and genealogical interest.
Genealogy Learning Center- Resources for beginners to genealogy and family history to learn the basics of research. Includes information on getting started and organized.
Family Search - Similar to ancestry.com but completely free to search and to create an account. More than 1.1 billion people are currently in these historical records and more than 1 million new images are digitized for use each day from the LDS Family Archives in Utah.
Find A Grave-One of the most comprehensive sites for locating cemeteries and finding where our ancestors are buried.
USGenWeb - Over 3,000 linked county genealogical websites. Each country and state has different holdings, but they are specific to counties and states including photos, maps, transcriptions, historical documents, helpful links, and much more.