There are several area public library systems that offer Genealogical Research capabilities. Our website links will take you directly to these resources and if you have a library card from any of these libraries you will be able to access the Heritage Quest database and other various databases from your home.
Using Heritage Quest provides free access to:
- Search Census Records
- Search Books
- Search PERSI
- Search Revolutionary War
- Search Freedman's Bank
- Search U.S. Serial Set
Obtaining a Library Card:
Sumter County: Library card issued FREE to anyone with a Florida driver’s license, including all Villages residents. (renter, snowbird, or permanent resident) The Library has free access to the Ancestry Library Edition database. Free access to Heritage Quest and News Bank Online are available at the library or from home using your Library Card Number. You can also see their entire virtual library HERE. The VGS has purchased over 80 books on genealogy that are available at the Belvedere Library located at 325 Belvedere Blvd.
Lake County: Library card to Lake and Marion County residents only, Sumter County residents pay a $40 annual fee. Free access at the library in Leesburg to Ancestry.com, Heritage Quest, Pro Quest Obits and Sanborn Maps. Rental and viewing of LDS films are also available through the Leesburg Library. Leesburg computers are time limited due to patron demand. Lake County also offers News Bank Online which is abstracts and selected full-text articles from domestic and international newspapers.
Marion County: Library cards are available for permanent or legal residents of Marion or Lake County including Villagers in Marion and Lake Counties; there is a fee for Sumter County residents of $10 for 6 months. The nearest Marion County Library is in Belleview, but they do not have a Genealogy Section. Genealogy information is at the Ocala Library. There is no free access to Ancestry.com; Heritage Quest is available at the library or from home with your Library Card Number. Marion County also offers over 90 online databases for a wide range of subjects.