Discover your ancestry

  • Library card required America’s GenealogyBank Access nearly 249 million U.S. genealogical records from 1690 to the present, including obituaries, marriage and birth announcements, military records and other government documents.
  • Available only in Library locations Ancestry Library Edition Interested in genealogy? We partnered with Ancestry.com to help you search billions of historical documents, photos, oral histories and more, from the 1500s to the present. This resource is available only in Library locations.
  • Library card required Biography and Genealogy Master Index Find biographical information about millions of people, both living and dead, from all over the world.
  • Library card required Digital Sanborn Maps 1867-1970 Explore thousands of detailed maps chart the growth and development of Seattle, other Puget Sound communities and more than 12,000 cities and towns across the United States.
  • Library card required HeritageQuest Online Explore these searchable and printable genealogy resources, including local and family histories, research guides and the complete U.S. Federal Census, 1790-1940. Powered by Ancestry.
  • Library card required New York Times Historical (1851-2011) Curious about the past? Find full-text and full-image content from The New York Times, including articles, headlines, ads, obituaries and more.
  • Library card required Seattle Times (1895- Current) Now you can easily search fully digitized editions of The Seattle Times, and download and print full-text articles. The Seattle Times Historical Archive (1895-1984) is made possible through a generous grant from The Seattle Public Library Foundation.