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Baltimore County Public Library offers in-branch access only to the Ancestry Library Edition database. For branch hours, locations, etc. see under Hours/Locations from our home page.

From home, work or a BCPL branch, you can use HeritageQuest Online, another genealogy database
which includes U.S. Census records plus some full-text family and local histories.


We also provide online databases of current and historical newspapers, including the Baltimore Sun (1837 to present) and the Baltimore Afro American (1893 – 1988). These databases can be used from home, work or at a branch.  

To access these databases you must have a valid BCPL library card (see and password (see about passwords)


Links to our online databases are found in the Research Databases and Tools section under the Find Info area of our home page at When the dropdown menu appears, click on Genealogy or Magazines and Newspapers as appropriate.

For an alphabetical title list of all our online databases, select Databases A-Z. Direct link to alphabetical list of all databases:

Or, for a list by subject, select Databases by Subject. Direct link to subject list:

Having trouble connecting to a database? Please review our Troubleshooting information at (See for more information)