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  • Find family history and genealogical information through censuses, vital records, immigration records, military records and more.
    This is a searchable databases of genealogical resources including U.S., U.K and Canadian census returns, vital statistics, parish records, military records, court records, ships’ passenger lists, directories, family trees, periodicals, local histories, maps and forms. Some records include digitized images. This is the library edition of a popular commercial database. Customers can purchase a personal subscription.

    Use this database to answer questions like

    • I would like to find a marriage record for my ancestor in Ontario in 1875.
    • Do you have the U.S. census records? I want to find my ancestors who came to Canada from the Dakotas in 1905.
    • My grandmother was born in England. Can I find her birth certificate?

    Documentation

    • End user tips - Ancestry Library Edition brochure
    • End user tips - Introducing Ancestry Library Edition
    • Training - Searching Ancestry Library Edition Click on “Search tutorial” in the upper right corner
    • Training - Using Ancestry Library Edition:
    • Training - Proquest Content, Subject Coverage, Title Lists,
    • Training - Customer Training, Product Demos, Vendor Tutorials, Fact Sheets and Tours:
    • Training - Training in Proquest databases

    Vendor

    • PROQUEST
  • Encyclopedia of World Dress and e-books as well as an image bank and content on world dress and fashion throughout history
    interdisciplinary and integrated text, image and journal content on world dress and fashion.

    Vendor

    • OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Lists people from many fields, places and time periods.
    Searching BGMI will enable you to quickly determine which publication to consult for biographical information. In cases where BGMI provides multiple listings for the same person, you can choose the most convenient source or locate multiple sources to compare and expand information furnished by a single listing.

    Use this database to answer questions like

    • What is the birthday of Ernest Hemingway?
    • Where can I find a portrait of Pierre Berton?
    • Is Charles Schultz dead?

    Documentation

    • Training - Tours, Fact Sheets, Tutorials

    Vendor

    • CENGAGE
  • This database consists of pictorial collections of photographs and historical postcards of significant Calgary and Alberta buildings, including Calgary's Century Homes collection, and events and people important to Calgary's heritage.

    The Community Heritage and Family History Digital Collections consists of the following collections:

    Alison Jackson Photography Collection

    In 1988, the estate of former Calgary Public Library librarian Alison Jackson donated an extensive collection of slides and photographs primarily of Calgary's historic buildings and residences to the library's Local History Collection. These pictures, most of which were taken between 1953 and 1977 have now been digitized and made available online. Selected pictures from the former "Virtual Tour of Historic Calgary" also include in-depth architectural and historical building articles originally taken from the Calgary Herald's "Cornerstones" columns. Some biographical articles related to historically significant residences from "Calgary's Heritage Homes" have also been included here.

    Judith Umbach Photography Collection

    Over 800 photographs were donated to the Local History Collection of the Calgary Public Library in 2005 by Judith Umbach, who gained her appreciation of contemporary history while serving on the Board of Trustees for Calgary Public Library. Most of the pictures document the construction or renovation of well-known facilities in the downtown core and Crescent Heights areas and document Calgary's construction, architecture and development.

    Postcards from the Past

    Calgary Public Library's extensive collection of almost 2000 historical postcards of Alberta and Calgary has been digitized and made accessible through this searchable database which documents more than 100 years of Alberta history.

    Vendor

    • CALGARY PUBLIC LIBRARY DATABASES
  • Profiles of celebrities, politicians, writers, actors, sports figures and many others, 1940 to present. Illustrated.
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    Documentation

    Vendor

    • EBSCO
  • For homework in social history, social studies, English, and language arts.
    Daily Life Online is designed for general readers without a background in the subject. It is a dynamic product which explores the way people have lived throughout time across the globe. Not only does it provide lots of information about everyday life, but, through robust search capabilities and three different browsing options – chronological, geographical and topical – it also makes it easy for readers to find what they are looking for, study it in more depth, connect it to related topics, find images and primary documents and, in short, understand what they are studying. Full-length reference books, book chapters, encyclopedia articles, primary documents, "Tours through Time" features, images, maps, chronologies, and links to vetted websites, all centered on everyday life. Teacher resources are included, with extensive lesson plans on different topics.

    Use this database to answer questions like

    • Use this database to answer questions like:
    • What did people in Renaissance Italy eat, wear and use?
    • What did they hope, invent and sing?
    • What plays are performed in modern day China?

    Documentation

    Vendor

    • EDU Reference
  • People in Canada from 1000 A.D. to 1930. In English and French.
    Presents biographical information about persons who died between the years 1000 A.D. and 1930 or whose last known date of activity falls within those years. This online means of consulting the Dictionary of Canadian Biograpny/Dictionnaire biographique du Canada (DCB/DBC), a major research and publishing project launched by the University of Toronto and the Université Laval in 1959, will provide easier access to published biographies and information of interest.

    Use this database to answer questions like

    • Was Pauline Johnson ever married?
    • Where and when did Calixa Lavallée compose Oh Canada?
    • What was Crowfoot’' Indian name?

    Vendor

    • FREE INTERNET DATABASES
  • 2 million pages of Canada’s printed heritage.
    Early Canadiana Online consists of approximately 13,948 digitized volumes comprising over 2 million scanned page images of early printed Canadian materials. It features works published from the time of the first European settlers up to the early 20th century. It includes 20,000 pages of text detailing the history of Hudson’s Bay Company, and 22,500 pages of Jesuit Relations texts, translated into English.

    Use this database to answer questions like

    • Is there biographical information about Members of Parliament in the 19th century?
    • Who were members of the York County Militia in the 1800's?
    • What was life like for women in the 1800's?

    Vendor

    • FREE INTERNET DATABASES
  • Records for family history and genealogy research.
    This database includes searchable images of U.S. Federal Census records from 1790 - 1930, selected Revolutionary War documents and Freedman's Bank records. Heritage Quest also includes PERSI (PERiodical Source Index) an index to periodicals of interest to genealogists and historians. Also included is full-text searching of digitized copies of books of genealogical and/or historical interest including genealogies and local histories, church records, military records, vital statistics and city directories. The Info Store includes lessons for beginning genealogists and lessons on using the various records.

    Use this database to answer questions like

    • Do you have the U.S. census records? I want to find my ancestors who came to Canada from the Dakotas in 1905.
    • I am researching family from Yarmouth, NS. Do you have a local history for there?
    • Has the cemetery in Vegreville, Alberta been transcribed?
    • My ancestor served in the American Revolutionary war. Can I find information about him?

    Documentation

    • End user tips - Using Heritage Quest Online
    • Training - Tour of Heritage Quest Online
    • Training - Proquest Content, Subject Coverage, Title Lists,
    • Training - Customer Training, Product Demos, Vendor Tutorials, Fact Sheets and Tours:
    • Training - Training in Proquest databases

    Vendor

    • PROQUEST
  • National Geographic digital magazine from 1888 to the present, in full colour and fully searchable, plus National Geograhpic Traveler digital magazine,National Geographic books, videos and more.
    Archive 1888-1994 owned by Calgary Public Library upgraded to National Geographic Virtual Library including NG magazine to present NG Traveller People, Animals and Places National Geographic Kids

    Documentation

    • Training - Tours, Fact Sheets, Tutorials

    Vendor

    • CENGAGE
  • The completely searchable facsimile of the Globe and Mail, beginning in 1844.
    Find articles, birth notices, obituaries, classified ads, editorials, stock quotes, weather and more from the Globe and Mail, 1844 to 2009.

    Use this database to answer questions like

    • What was the weather forecast for Toronto on July 18, 1906?
    • My great-grandmother died in Toronto in September, 2001. Can you help me find her obituary?
    • Where can I find examples of Eaton's ads in the 1940s?

    Documentation

    • Training - Proquest Content, Subject Coverage, Title Lists,
    • Training - Customer Training, Product Demos, Vendor Tutorials, Fact Sheets and Tours:
    • Training - Training in Proquest databases

    Vendor

    • PROQUEST
  • The completely searchable facsimile of the Toronto Star beginning in 1894.
    Find articles, birth notices, obituaries, classified ads, editorials, stock quotes, weather and more from the Toronto Star, 1894 to 2011.

    Use this database to answer questions like

    • What was the weather forecast for Toronto on July 18, 1906?
    • My great-grandmother died in Toronto in September, 2001. Can you help me find her obituary?
    • Where can I find examples of Eaton's ads in the 1940s?

    Documentation

    • Training - Proquest Content, Subject Coverage, Title Lists,
    • Training - Customer Training, Product Demos, Vendor Tutorials, Fact Sheets and Tours:
    • Training - Training in Proquest databases

    Vendor

    • PROQUEST
  • Air & Space digital magazine from 1986 to the present and Smithsonian digital magazine from 1970 to the present, in full colour and fully searchable.
    The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum and research complex--home to 19 museums, 9 research centers and over 137 million collection objects for the study of art, history, culture, and science. The Smithsonian's collections and fields of study focus on the American Experience, World Cultures, a Biodiverse Planet, and Exploring the Mysteries of the Universe. Combining the full archive of Air & Space Magazine and Smithsonian Magazine, this resource presents a unique and comprehensive insight into history, science, nature, the arts, innovation, technology, and world culture. Available for the first time in a fully searchable digital archive, these publications bring depth and expert coverage of high-demand topics in support of the Smithsonian Institution's mission of increase and diffusion of knowledge

    Documentation

    • Training - Tours, Fact Sheets, Tutorials

    Vendor

    • CENGAGE
  • The completely searchable facsimiile of The Times (London) Newspaper from 1785 to 1985
    This is a full-image online archive of every page published by The Times (London) from 1785-1985. The text of over 8 million articles is searchable by keyword, issue date, article title, byline or article category—Advertising, Business, Editorial and Commentary, Features, News, People and Picture Gallery. In the results, users may see the actual article or the full page upon which it appeared. Search terms are highlighted in the results. The Picture Gallery includes photographs, drawings or any pictorial item not associated with an article. Users can scroll through TheTimesline to see the significant stories of each decade since the 1780s.

    Use this database to answer questions like

    • Can you find me some prices for used cars in Britain in the 1980's?
    • Do you have any newspaper articles about the First World War written at that time?
    • Are there any British reviews about Dirk Bogarde's role in Death in Venice?

    Documentation

    • Training - Tours, Fact Sheets, Tutorials
    • Training - Tour of Times of London Digital Archive 1785-1985

    Vendor

    • CENGAGE
  • American Vogue digital magazine from 1892 to the present, in full colour and fully searchable.
    A complete searchable archive of American Vogue, from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution color page images. Every page, advertisement, cover and fold-out has been included, with rich indexing enabling you to find images by garment type, designer and brand names. The Vogue Archive preserves the work of the world's greatest fashion designers, stylists and photographers and is a unique record of American and international fashion, culture and society from the dawn of the modern era to the present day

    Documentation

    • Training - Proquest Content, Subject Coverage, Title Lists,
    • Training - Customer Training, Product Demos, Vendor Tutorials, Fact Sheets and Tours:
    • Training - Training in Proquest databases

    Vendor

    • PROQUEST