Ancestry database available to Penn Staters with Access ID

Penn State students, faculty and staff with an Access ID can now search Ancestry Library Edition from the Databases A-Z list or the University Libraries’ homepage. While best known as the premiere genealogy database, Ancestry also offers scholars rich primary sources for advanced biographical research. Original census records from the United States, United Kingdom and Canadian censuses, beginning in the 18th and 19th century; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and more are digitized and supported by a powerful search engine. These collections are continuously updated with new content every business day.

For more information about database content and search features, contact Dolores Fidishun at or Susan Ware at If you anticipate needing accessibility accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, contact Susan Ware at or 610-892-1380610-892-1380.


Last Updated April 11, 2014