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If you are researching your heritage, check out our amazing worldwide and local links to find the answers you are seeking.

Ancestry Databases

  • A to Z Databases
    This great database allows you to discover address and contact information as well as if a person has passed away.
  • Ancestry Library Edition (Library Access Only)
    Stop in to the library and search more than 2 billion names, images, records, passenger lists, military records, immigration records, and much more.
  • Fold3
    Get access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served and combine records found on Fold3 with what you have to create an online memorial for someone who served.
  • Heritage Quest Online
    Provides searchable records for the U.S. Federal Census, PERSI genealogical and local history periodicals, Revolutionary War Pension records, 25,000+ family and local history books, and more.
  • Heritage Quest Online (Library Access Only)
    Anyone within the Decatur Public Library can search records, periodicals, family and local history books, and more to learn more to explore heritage.

Local Databases

  • Birth Records
    Search birth records from the Herald & Review by father or mother's first or last names.
  • Obituary Records
    Find local obituaries from 1878 to the present from area newspaper sources.
  • Local History Collection
    With thousands of searchable items available, it is easier than ever to find old photos of friends and family.
  • Yearbooks
    Find digital versions of local yearbooks up to 1977.

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Check out our wide variety of newspaper databases.

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If you are new to our databases and need a little help getting started, some of our databases have tutorials. Check them out now!

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