All library locations will be closed Monday, Jan 18 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr Day. We will resume our regular schedule on Tuesday, Jan 19.
1/4/21: Use these quick links to find PPL Services during COVID19.
PPL To Go: How to pickup your requests and book appointments if needed.
Public computers at the Main Library have been CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE due to the rising infection rate.
PPL Printing To Go is still available at the Main Library on Congress St.

COVID19 Resources: Find trusted information and city/state updates, with some information available in many languages.
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Genealogy : Free online sources

PPL’s general Genealogy page:
With your Portland Public Library Card barcode number, you may access Heritage Quest from wherever you are:
Here are some FREE Genealogy web sites for your home research

Ancestry Library Edition (ProQuest) – For Use in Public Libraries – Now available from home for Maine citizens’ home access during coronavirus pandemic. The world’s most popular consumer online genealogy resource is available to use via Maine public libraries. This collection offers billions of records in census data, photos, directories, vital records, and more.
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Geni : Family Tree & Family History:

The U.S. Gen Web Project:

Family Tree Magazine’s Best Free Genealogy Websites:

Family History Forms:

Family Search’s Maine page

Cyndi’s List has been a trusted genealogy research site for more than 20 years. Cyndi’s List is free for everyone to use and it is meant to be your starting point when researching online.

U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014:

The Boston Public Library Obituary Database indexes obituaries appearing in the Boston Evening Transcript (BET), Boston Globe (BG), and the Boston Herald/Herald American (BH) from 1932–1941 and 1953–2010.