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Full-text obituaries and death notices by name, date, or keyword.

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  • You can view 90% of the recent deaths in the United States with extensive editorial review, indexing, and bibliographic information.
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More than 3,000 databases and census records with more than 1 billion names.

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  •  Ancestry can help you find the name of the ship your grandparents sailed when immigrating to the U.S.
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Access to full page and article images with searchable full text from 1849 to 1989.

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  • You can see how dramatic events unfolded online — such as the sinking of the Titanic and the return of the crippled Apollo 13 spacecraft!
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Genealogy warehouse with U.S. Census data from 1790-1930, family and local histories, Revolutionary War Era Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application files, and Freedman's Bank records.

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  • You can find out if any of your ancestors filed for a Revolutionary War Pension.
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Full-text information about Naperville's history from primary source materials. Annotated list.

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  • Telephone numbers used to be 1-3 digits! Take a look at the Naperville phone directory from 1910.
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Access to full page and article images with searchable full text from 1851 to 2004.

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  • You can look at some real advertising from the era of Mad Men in the New York Times Historical Archive!
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