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Patrons have access to several online repositories for newspapers, genealogical records, and more. If further assistance is needed in navigating historical records, please contact the Catskill Public Library Reference Librarian at

Use of databases and archives requires Library Account sign-in.

Hudson River Valley Heritage

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Online Exhibits and historical materials from New York State’s Hudson River Valley, including the following newspapers:


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Cardholders have access to a variety of historical research resources through HomeAccess. These resources cover a variety of topics including genealogical/family research and local history. Below are examples of listed databases in each topic!


Local History

Community History Archive

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The Digital Archive of The Catskill Public Library provides access to the Daily Mail Newspaper (1970 – 2020) archive, Greene County News (1976-2004) archive, the Cairo Herald (1924 – 1967) archive, and more.


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Through NewsBank, patrons have access to the Daily Mail Newspaper (2002 – 2021) archive, a collection of Obituaries (1860 – ) from across the United States, and access to America’s News Magazines (1963 – ). Patrons have access to additional archives through NewsBank: Asian Life in America, Black Life in AmericaHeritageHub and Hispanic Life in America.

Asian Life in America

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The experience and impact of Asian Americans as recorded by the news media.

Black Life in America

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Comprehensive coverage of the African American experience from the early 18th century to the present day. The archive is sourced from more than 19,000 American and global news sources, including over 400 current and historical Black publications.


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HeritageHub provides access to hundreds of years of obituaries and death notices from thousands of newspapers across the United States. Provides coverage of obituaries and death notices from 1704 through today.

Hispanic Life in America

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The experience and impact of Hispanic Americans as recorded by the news media, 1704 to today.

New York Heritage

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Available through the Greene County Libraries Association (GCLA), New York Heritage is an online repository for collections and exhibits focused on New York State history. Includes steamboat collection and Catskill Highschool Yearbooks.


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Compendium of databases available to all New York State residents, provided by the New York State Library. NOVELny provides access to encyclopedias, The New York Times archive, articles from a variety of fields, and more.

U.S. History Collection

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Coverage of current thinking and events in US History, as well as scholarly work being established in the field. Useful both to the novice historian as well as to the advanced academic researcher.

World Book Online

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World Book Online is an online encyclopedia for Pre K – Grade 5 reading level. Resources include timelines in different subjects, games, and activities. Find full offerings on the World Book website or click below to access individual resources!

World Book Kids: Content for elementary-aged children. Includes teaching tools, science projects, games and more.

World Book Student: Content for cross-curricular learning. Includes Biography Center, research guides, and translations into 100+ languages.

World Book Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos: Spanish-learning and ELL reference tool for beginners! Allows toggling between English and Spanish and includes videos, activities, and visual prompts!

World Book Early Learning: Content for preschoolers. Includes videos, activities, guided reading program, lesson plans and more!

World Book Timelines: Have access to hundreds of pre-generated timelines or create your own timelines for research!

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