Library offers new family history research database

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., through the state’s POWER Library portal is now offering the MyHeritage Library Edition.

This multilingual family history research database includes billions of historical documents from 48 countries, millions of historical photos, public records, indexes, and additional resources that span the past five centuries. Content Includes:

  • More than 19.4 billion historical records from all over the world
  • The U.S. federal census (1790-1950) with images
  • The U.K. census (1841-1901) with images
  • Nearly 5 billion exclusive family tree profiles from MyHeritage and Geni
  • More than 816 million US public records
  • Hundreds of millions of Nordic records
  • More than 100 million gravestone photos
  • More than 500 million historical photographs
  • Military records, immigration records, and passenger lists
  • Citizenship and naturalization records
  • Directories, guides, references, biographies, and yearbooks
  • Government, land, and court records
  • Wills and probate records
  • Exclusive databases
  • Additional content under license including Tributes obituaries,
  • WikiTree, BillionGraves, Canadian Headstones and many others
  • More than 100 million records are added every month

To access this database, visit and click on “Online Resources” and then Digital Resources for Adults and scroll down to the MyHeritage icon button. You will need your Library Card number to access the database. If you need help with this, please call the library at 570-326-0536 and a member of the public service staff can assist you.

The James V. Brown Library, along with libraries everywhere, continues to adapt and expand services to meet the evolving community needs. To sign up for a library card or to learn more about the library’s resources and programs, please visit


The James V. Brown Library is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through
Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. To place a hold, visit or call 570-326-0536 during the library’s operating hours. Walk-in passport services are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., Williamsport, Pa., is the place to go to learn, connect and grow. Founded in June 1907, the library champions the love of reading, opens new doors to lifelong learning, provides a haven to those who seek and ensures the preservation of public library services for future generations. The library has more than 225,000 visitors in a year and circulates a half-million items annually. A member of the Lycoming County Library System, the James V. Brown Library participates in PA Forward, a statewide initiative to promote literacies in our communities to power a better future for everyone.

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