Messenger Public Library has the following databases related to genealogy:

Ancestry Library Edition

Browse the Ancestry Library Edition - an unprecedented online collection of data on over 4 billion individuals from North America, Europe, Australia, and more. This database can only be used inside the library.

Heritage Quest Online

One of the largest and useful online data collections for family historians, HeritageQuest Online has the US Census from 1790 thru 1930, more than 26,000 family and local history books, Revolutionary War pension files, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) to 2.1 million-plus articles in genealogy and history periodicals, Freedman's Bank records of former slaves and petitions to Congress back to 1789. Visit Heritage Quest

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center provides information about many of the most popular hobbies, crafts, and recreation activities today such as genealogy, collecting, and scrapbooking. You’ll find full text issues of genealogy magazines, such as Family Chronicle, OGS Quarterly, and Internet Genealogy. Visit Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center


WorldCat is a database of library holdings from all over the world, including important genealogy resources like historic newspapers, photographs, church histories and records, cemetery records, military records, town histories, probate records, directories, handbooks, magazines, slavery/antislavery materials, oral histories, diaries and journals, vital records indexes, family Bibles, archives, and microfilmed local history collections. Visit WorldCat


We have many titles on how to conduct your search as well as local history items to help you with your research.  Check with the Adult Services Staff or search our catalog to find specific titles. Below is a sampling from our collection.


Family Tree Magazine

NGS Magazine (National Genealogy Society)

Illinois Heritage


Illinois State Genealogy Society

Books and DVDs

Basic Genealogy: Saving Your Family History

Genealogy Offline: A Beginner's Guide to Finding Records That Are Not Online

Fundamentals of Genealogy: Basics for Everyone

Finding Your Roots: Easy-to-do Genealogy and Family History

Be sure to check our online catalog for new and updated titles and DVDs. You can also find titles in our eBook collections.

Genealogy Group

Bring your genealogy questions and descriptions of your "new finds" to our informal Genalogy Group. Meet 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, 2 to 4pm.

On the Web 

Click here to find a useful list of on-line genealogy sites, local organizations, groups and other resources.


Online Resources

Axis 360 digital books eMedia Library digital books Zinio  digital magazines OneClick DigitalNoveList Plus