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Household DIY

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Small Engine Repair Reference Center LogoSummer is slipping away! Now is your last chance to finish up some critical household projects before winter ruins everything. We have several great databases to get you started on everything DIY from home improvements to car repairs. If you’re having trouble with your snow blower (or your yard equipment), be sure to check out the Small Engine Repair Reference Center - you can find detailed instruction on how to fix up everything from lawn mowers (including riding mowers!) to generators.

​Remember to enter your library card number and PIN to access these resources from home!

Family History From Home

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HeritageQuest Online LogoAside from our many fabulous print resources, you can access Ancestry Library Edition for free when you’re inside any of the three UAPL branches. But if you’re interesting in doing your research from home, there are plenty of great, free online resources!

Have you tried the new HeritageQuest? Recently purchased and updated by Ancestry, it's much easier to use. If you’re new to genealogy, there are several Research Aids to guide you through the first few steps of online research (although it certainly helps to talk to your family first!). Heritage has census records, but they also have a huge and searchable collection of local history books and periodicals.

There are also some great websites worth a look. Cyndi’s List is a collection of useful websites for genealogists subdivided into helpful categories. You may also find a great deal of information at, a popular genealogy website.