The Villages Genealogical Society

Local Libraries

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 Record and Mortality, Agricultural and Industrial Schedules
  • Search 1850 & 1860 Salve Schedules
  • Search Books
  • ​Search Revolutionary War
  • Search Freedman's Bank
  • U.S. Indian Census Rolls
  • City Directories
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 HEREThe VGS has purchased over 80 books on genealogy that are available at the Belvedere Library located at 325 Belvedere Blvd. We have also purchased several eBooks for genealogy that are also available through the library site.

Lake County: Library card to Lake and Marion County residents only, Sumter County residents pay a $40 annual fee. Free access at the Leesburg Library to Ancestry.com and the American Ancestors Library. Heritage Quest , Fold3, and the Florida Memory Project are available online. Viewing of over 900 LDS films are also available through the Leesburg Library which is a Family History Affliate. Leesburg computers are time limited due to patron demand. 
Lake County Library System click HERE...

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. Contact the library for more information. 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 and America's Obituaries and Death Notices are available at the library or from home with your Library Card Number. Marion County also offers many other online databases for a wide range of subjects.