Regional History & Genealogy

PPLD Digital Collections

PPLD's Digital Collections features historic photographs, pamphlets, manuscripts, maps, oral histories, films and more that highlight the rich history of the Pikes Peak area. The materials come from the Regional History & Genealogy of the Pikes Peak Library District, housed in the 1905 Carnegie Library in downtown Colorado Springs.


My Heritage is a diverse genealogy database providing access to billions of historical documents from 48 countries, millions of historical photos, public records, indexes and additional resources that span the past five centuries.

American Ancestors provides access to 1.4+ billion records spanning the United States, the British Isles, continental Europe, and beyond, including one of the most extensive online collections of early American genealogical records, the largest searchable collection of published genealogical research journals and magazines, and the only online source for records from Boston's Catholic Archdiocese.



Discover your family history through the vast resources of the world’s largest genealogical library. Search the extensive FamilySearch records database, join their collaborative family tree, or learn more about genealogical research, locations, and records using the Research Wiki. Regional History & Genealogy at Penrose Library is a FamilySearch Affiliate Library. Affiliate library locations have access to certain collections that are unavailable remotely.


Fold3 features premier collections of original military records. These records include the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served in the military. Many of the records come from the U.S. National archives, The National Archives of the U.K. and other international records.


ImportantThis database is only available at PPLD Libraries.


19th Century U.S. Newspapers

Provides access to approximately 1.8 million pages (over 28 million articles) of primary source newspaper content from the nineteenth century, featuring full-text content and images from numerous newspapers from a range of urban and rural regions throughout the U.S. Titles were selected by leading scholars of the nineteenth century American press, and headnotes have been included for the individual titles.