ProQuest, the provider for Ancestry Library Edition, has been offering free at-home access to library cardholders for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. That access ended on the last day of 2021 (December 31), but never fear! Your in-library access isn’t going anywhere.
All Pima County residents are welcome to visit their local library building to use the computers (or bring their own computers and log into the library wifi) in order to access Ancestry for Libraries. Public computer use is dependent upon availability and any changes in library policy based on time allowed in the building.
Not ready to come into the library? That’s okay, we have other genealogy resources for you to use from home.
All you need is your Arizona zip code to gain access to this cache of Arizona-focused Ancestry.com resources offered by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records. This collection contains all of the official archival records of the state of Arizona, and you can search it like you would Ancestry.com on any given day. This resource is accessible from anywhere.
Much like Ancestry, Heritage Quest is a collection of archival papers and other data from across the United States and also contains records from other countries. It’s not quite as streamlined for searching as Ancestry is—you’ll have to start with a collection to search, instead of having a search box right on the front page. But the results are always worthwhile!
Formerly called Obituaries and Death Notices, HeritageHub offers a fresh look to a resource that allows you to find records about the lives and deaths of family, friends, and curiosities. With information dating back to the early 1700s, HeritageHub collects newspaper clippings and other forms of death notifications from across the United States. It also offers an A-Z Source list, so that you can find obituaries and death notices if you’re not completely certain of names or dates.
Offered as part of the Arizona Memory Project, these digital newspapers are from Arizona newspapers, many of which are no longer in existence, from the 1850s to the 1920s. See full scans of newspaper pages and browse and search the whole collection. This project is freely available for anyone.
Search on the Arizona Department of Health Services for vital records via their Arizona Genealogy Records Search. Using whatever names and dates are available to you, you can find birth and death records 75 years or more after the date of birth and 50 years or more after the date of death.