Use your library for genealogy

One of the best resources for genealogy, online or not, may be your local library’s genealogy offerings. Even the smallest of libraries has a local history section; larger ones may even have staff members with genealogy training and/or experience. Searching for “family history”, “genealogy” and “ancestry” in the card catalog yields hundreds of hits on the circulating shelf, and more on the reference shelf of any library you can find. Also, many libraries offer online resources. Just as an example here is a sampling of what my local library offers ONLINE to patrons:Free Digitized Images of Birth, Marriage and Death Records  

E-Source Targets
America’s GenealogyBank (Library Resource)

    Quickly find your ancestors in over four centuries of rare documents and records. Search thousands of historical newspapers, books, pamphlets and genealogies. Plus, selected material from the American State Papers and U.S. Serial Set, the complete Social Security Death Index and more than 29 million obituaries.

America’s Obituaries & Death Notices (Library Resource)

    The largest and most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices. Extensive editorial review of all newspaper sections ensures thorough selection of obituaries for easy access. An easy-to-use interface allows searching by name, date range, or text such as institutional name, social affiliation(s), geographic location(s), philanthropic activities, etc.

Ancestry Library Edition (Library Resource-Available only inside the library)

    Ancestry Library Edition (ALE) gives individuals something truly priceless: the chapters of their own authentic, unique family stories. The world’s largest online collection of family history records and resources, ALE is a popular research tool. It offers a wide variety of unique content to help users trace their family lineage.

HeritageQuest Online (Library Resource-Use this link inside the library)

    HeritageQuest Online (HQO) combines digital, searchable images of US Federal Census records with the digitized version of the popular UMI® Genealogy & Local History book collection, and other valuable content. HQO helps put family research in its historical, social and cultural context, with 21 million page images from materials such as: US Federal Census records from 1790–1930; over 22,000 family and local history books; Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant application files with records for over 80,000 individuals; and Freedman’s Bank Records containing key African American data.

HeritageQuest Online (Library Resource-Use this link outside the library)

    HeritageQuest Online (HQO) combines digital, searchable images of US Federal Census records with the digitized version of the popular UMI® Genealogy & Local History book collection, and other valuable content. HQO helps put family research in its historical, social and cultural context, with 21 million page images from materials such as: US Federal Census records from 1790–1930; over 22,000 family and local history books; Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant application files with records for over 80,000 individuals; and Freedman’s Bank Records containing key African American data.

ProQuest Obituaries (Library Resource-Use this link inside the library)

    ProQuest Obituaries offers more than 10.5 million obituaries and death notices in full-image format from uninterrupted historical archives of top US newspapers. With content dating as far back as 1851, this wholly unique database provides researchers with valuable clues about their ancestors in the US, including proper full name, maiden name, spousal information, relatives’ names, occupation, religion, cause of death and more.

ProQuest Obituaries (Library Resource-Use this link outside the library)

    ProQuest Obituaries offers more than 10.5 million obituaries and death notices in full-image format from uninterrupted historical archives of top US newspapers. With content dating as far back as 1851, this wholly unique database provides researchers with valuable clues about their ancestors in the US, including proper full name, maiden name, spousal information, relatives’ names, occupation, religion, cause of death and more.

Ancestry.com Learning Center

    Available without a paid subscription. Look for help in the Articles Archive and Webinars. Discover more about your ancestry in just a few steps. You can begin your family tree, learn how to use records in your family search, connect with others who are seeking out their ancestors and find the answers to your tough research questions.

Castle Garden

    CastleGarden.org is an educational project of The Battery Conservancy. This free site offers access to an extraordinary database of information on 11 million immigrants from 1820 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened. Over 100 million Americans can trace their ancestors to this early immigration period.

Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet

    Your genealogy starting point online for more than a decade!

Digital State Archives

    Link to content posted by state governments who have been sifting through their historical archives and digitizing records.

Ellis Island

    Search the Ellis Island Database by immigrant name alone or by name of ship that carried the immigrant to America. Also includes a Genealogy Learning Center.

FamilySearch

    Free Family History, Family Tree, and Genealogy Records and Resources from Around the World

Find A Grave

    Find A Grave is a resource for finding the final resting place of family, friends, and ‘famous’ individuals. With millions of names and photos, it is an invaluable tool for the genealogist and family history buff. Find A Grave memorials can contain rich content including photos, biographies and dates. Visitors can leave ‘virtual flowers’ on the memorials they visit, completing the online cemetery experience. Thousands of contributors submit new listings, updates, corrections, photographs and virtual flowers every hour.

Florida Digital Newspaper Library (UF)

    The Florida Digital Newspaper Library includes historic Florida newspapers and current papers digitized instead of being microfilmed. The list of currently published newspapers being digitized is online here: http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/digital/collections/FDNL/queue.htm

Florida Memory Project

    Florida Memory presents a selection of historical records that illustrate significant moments in Florida history, educational resources for students of all ages and archival collections for historical research. The Project utilizes selected original records, photographs and other materials from the collections of the State Library and Archives of Florida.

GenDisasters: Events that Touched our Ancestors Lives

    Contains information on the historic disasters, events, and tragic accidents our ancestors endured, as well as, information about their life and death. Database and records searchable by surname. Find newspaper accounts of local disasters including Milton Fire of 1909; Milton Tornado of 1962; Gulf Breeze Tornado of 1971; and the Jay State Prison Road Camp Fire of 1967.

Genealogical Society of Santa Rosa County

    Santa Rosa County GenWeb Project

Old Pictures and Maps

    Compiles a wide selection of historical maps and photographs that display both the profound events of our past, as well as the events of everyday life. Search the site or browse themed or picture collections.

Roots Television

    You’ll find videos covering everything from DNA Stories, to Flat Stanley’s Family Tree, to the lectures from the latest Genealogy and Technology Conference. We’re defining “roots” broadly – really broadly – so you don’t have to be a genealogist to find something of interest here.

Rootsweb

    Finding our roots together.

Sanborn Fire Insurance Company Maps of Florida

    These maps were created for insurance purposes from 1860 through 1923. These maps show the size, shape and construction of buildings, dwellings (including hotels and churches), and other structures such as bridges, docks and barns. The maps include street names, property boundaries and lot lines, and house and block numbers.

About Libbi

Writer for 30 years. Genealogy a hobby for about 40 years. Yes, I'm in my 50's, I learned about genealogy at my mother's knee!
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