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Karl, Retired Pastor

The West Des Moines Library has empowered retirement days for me in two ways. One, I am able to read extensively in the newspaper and magazine sections. Two, I am able to borrow books to read rather than to purchase and keep in my now limited home library. An added feature is borrowing audiobooks to savor while I drive to visit family in other states. 


Databases – Genealogy

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Ancestry Library Edition



Ancestry Library covers the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada and other areas.

NOTE: Normally, our license agreement only allows IN-Library use, but during this public health closure, Ancestry is allowing WDM Library patrons to access through an authenticated portal. Use the From Home link to the right. You will need your WDM Library card number and PIN.

New to Ancestry Library? Here’s a Great Help Site


From Home




Heritage Quest Online provides you access to census records, family and local histories, genealogy articles and more!  Unlike Ancestry, Heritage Quest can also be searched from HOME with your WDM Library card.

NOTE: We are having Intermittent issues with our access From Home – mostly because of extraordinary traffic at this time – please be patient and keep trying.  If problems persist, please contact us via the email at the bottom of this page. 


From Home

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