Reference Blog Entries

Discover your Family History

Megan's picture

Heritage Quest logoEver wondered about your family history? The UAPL has two great databases for tracing your family tree, and tons of books for further research. Whether you want to search marriage licenses, census records, military information, or the many periodicals in PERSI, there is a lot you can accomplish online:

  • Heritage Quest Online is available for free from home with your library card and PIN. Search thousands of family and local histories, and get easy access to the census from your living room!
  • Ancestry Library Edition is available for free inside any of the three UAPL branches. Bring your own laptop or use one of our computers to access this incredible resource and find vital records, immigration information, and much much more.

Be sure to check out some genealogy manuals to learn tried and true methods for finding your ancestors!

Zika Virus

Laura's picture

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently issued a statement announcing that the Zika virus (ZIKV) which came to Brazil from Polynesia is Map showing countries where Zika virus is prevelentnow prevalent in Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela. It is likely to spread through the Americas in the coming months. It is an important topic since the Olympics will be held in Brazil this summer and there will be many international travelers. The virus is implicated in a birth defect called microcephaly as well as in Guillain-Barre Syndrome.  

If you would like to read more about this topic we have collected these reliable sources from the library’s online resources.

You will need to enter the barcode number from your library card and your PIN in order to view these online resources.  If you have any difficulty call the library at 614-486-3342 or email the reference department at

You may also wish to access these websites for reliable health information and frequent updates.  

Logo - Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine databaseLogo - Consumer Health Complete databaseLogo - Explora database