Genealogy Resources

Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library

Genealogy Resources

Finding Your Roots

Family GenealogyFinding family history can be easy and also challenging at the same time. To help you on your quest for family history, the library has access to the following databases:

Baltimore Sun – Historical
Offers full page and article images of the newspaper from 1837-1985. Full text search access to diverse regional perspectives and coverage on events that shaped the 19th and 20th century.

heritage questHeritage Quest
Covers more than 25,000 family and local histories and includes the complete U.S. Federal Census from 1790-1930, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), the Revolutionary War Pension Applications & Bounty Land Warrant Applications, and the Freedman's Bank Records.

The Washington Post Current and Historic
1977-Present - The full-text electronic edition.
1877 to 1994 - Digital edition with full text searching of each page, individual articles and images.

You can access these databases at, under research and select the genealogy category. The databases can be accessed in the convenience of your home. If you would like to learn more about the resources available in D.C. and nationwide, please come to the Learning about Genealogy Program at the Watha T Daniel/Shaw Library, May 29, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Conference Room 2.