We have several resources for you to use to investigate and discover your family history and genealogy.

Heritage Quest

Here you can search:

  • Census Records – from 1790 – 1940
  • Books – Locate your ancestors in our Family and Local Histories Book Collection.
  • Wills and Probates – Search wills and probate records from the U.S.
  • City Directories – Search over a billion records in U.S. city and county directories spanning 1821 to 1989.
  • Military Records – Military records provide unique facts and insights into the lives of men and women who have served many conflicts including the Revolutionary War
  • Immigration Records – Immigration records can reveal when and where your ancestors migrated as well as who they travelled with.
  • Public Records – Search for your more recent ancestors in our large public records collection.
  • Social Security Death Index – The SSDI contains over 94 million records of deceased persons with social security numbers whose deaths were reported to the Social Security Administration.
  • Revolutionary War Pensions – Find the original patriots in your family tree in the complete set of Revolutionary War Pension Files.
  • U.S. Serial Set – Search the Memorials, Petitions, and Private Relief Actions of the U.S. Congress in the ProQuest™ U.S. Serial Set.
  • Freedman’s Bank – Search for your African American ancestors in the Freedman’s Bank records (1865-1874).
  • Cemeteries – Search our Find a Grave indexes for all countries

Additionally, you may search a collection of Maps and Photos: Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, U.S. Indexed County Land Ownership Maps, Library of Congress Photo Collection, U.S. Indexed Early Land Ownership and Township Plats and U.S. Enumeration District Maps and Descriptions, 1940.

Family Search

New Milford Public Library is a Family History Center affiliate library which affords you access to the genealogical resources available through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ famous Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The Family History Library has amassed billions of records of genealogical significance from over 130 countries and they have extended access to its collection  to select affiliate libraries including NMPL.

Find your ancestors using these free archives online, including birth, marriage, death, census, land, court and church records. Millions of new genealogy records are added each month to make your search easier. In November 2018, Family Search expanded its free online archives with almost 90 million new indexed family history records and almost 300,000 digital images from around the world. New historical records were added from Benin, Chile, Costa Rica, The Dominican Republic, England, Germany, Honduras, Ireland, Lesotho, Liberia, Nicaragua, Peru, and the United States, which includes California, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Native American Enrollment Records, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington. New digital images were added from BillionGraves.

For more details, see Family Search Account Details and Family Search Announcement.

Heritage Quest and Family Search are available both in the Library and from home.


Ancestry.com has many features that make it a powerful and comprehensive genealogy tool. It affords you access to search:

  • Census Records – Find ancestors in the complete set of U.S. Federal Census images from 1790-1940, including name indexes.
  • Vital Records – When did those significant life changing events happen in your ancestors’ life? Search the Vital Records to find out.
  • Military Records – Did your ancestors serve in the Military? The collection of military records holds the answers.
  • Immigration Records – When did your ancestors arrive in the U.S.? And how did they get here? Search the passenger lists and other immigration records to learn more.

In addition to searching the records, there are links to Message Boards; a Learning Center with Research Aids (a variety of tips to get your research moving. Selecting one of the topics listed (Getting Started, Beyond the Basics, plus tips on how to use the census, military, immigration and ethnic sections of the database will enable you to narrow or expand your search) and Maps (understanding the state your ancestor lived in will help you better understand them); plus a variety of downloadable forms and charts to organize your results.

Now Ancestry.com is only available to access at the library, however check out this video and see how you can send your research home to you!

All these resources and microfilm readers are available in the Adult Reference Area at 2 dedicated workstations.

For more information, please contact the New Milford Public Library Reference Department at 860-355-1191 x207.