Family History and Genealogy Services

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Genealogy Resources

Libraries and Archives


  • Allen County Public Library - Ft. Wayne, Indiana. One of the best genealogy libraries. From online databases, tutorials and outbound links to on-site programs, catalogs and other resources for family researchers, this is one location and site you need to include in your research.
  • The British Library. The British Public Library in the UK.

  • California State Library, Sutro Library (San Francisco, California). The most extensive genealogy collection west of Salt Lake City.

  • Center for Jewish History. The Center for Jewish History is one of the foremost Jewish research and cultural institutions in the world, having served over one million people in more than 100 countries. It is home to five partner organizations—American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research—whose collections total more than 500,000 volumes and 100 million documents and include thousands of pieces of artwork, textiles, ritual objects, recordings, films and photographs. Taken as a whole, the collections span more than 600 years of history and comprise the largest repository of the modern Jewish experience outside of Israel. At the Center, the history of the Jewish people is illuminated through scholarship and cultural programming, exhibitions and symposia, lectures and performances.

  • Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research (Houston, Texas).

  • Columbus Memory. Columbus Memory is a collaborative project between the Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Columbus Historical Society providing access to thousands of images, primary documents, maps and artifacts about Columbus, Ohio.
  • Daughters of the American Revolution - Learn about it's excellent library in Washington, D.C. One of the largest genealogical research centers in the U.S. A specialized collection of American genealogical and historical manuscripts and publications. Over 18,000 volumes of unpublished source records.

  • Denver Public Library. The West Made Digital. This renowned online collection contains a selection of photographs, maps, broadsides, architectural drawings and other documents from the collections of the Western History/Genealogy Department chronicling the people, places, and events that shaped the settlement and growth of the Western United States.

  • Direct Me NYC: 1940. This experimental website features freshly digitized 1940 telephone directories from the five boroughs of New York City, which, combined with powerful search tools (built atop Stephen Morse and Joel Weintraub's One-Step data service), enable patrons to convert residential street addresses of 1940s New Yorkers into precise census enumeration districts, permitting informed navigation of the Census records.

  • Family History Library (Salt Lake City, Utah)

  • FamilySearch -- Family History Books. Family History Books is a collection of more than 40,000 digitized genealogy and family history publications from the archives of some of the most important family history libraries in the world. The collection includes family histories, county and local histories, genealogy magazines and how-to books, gazetteers, and medieval histories and pedigrees. The valuable resources included in Family History Books come from the following partner institutions:
  • Federal Library and Information Network. The current directory is comprised of approximately 1,111 entries. FEDLINK hopes this directory will raise the awareness of federal libraries and information resource centers and contribute to the more effective use of the resources these organizations maintain.

  • Haithi Trust Digital Library. Is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. There are more than sixty partners in HathiTrust, and membership is open to institutions worldwide. The HathiTrust Digital Library brings together the immense collections of partner institutions in digital form, preserving them securely to be accessed and used today, and in future generations.
  • History, Genealogy and Education. This site, maintained by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) gives information about the Immigration and Naturalization (I&N) Historical Reference Library collection and services.
  • Immigration History Research Center. Offers resources focusing on eastern, central, and southern European and Near Eastern ethnic groups.

  • Internet Archive. The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. Founded in 1996 and located in San Francisco, the Archive has been receiving data donations from Alexa Internet and others. In late 1999, the organization started to grow to include more well-rounded collections. Now the Internet Archive includes texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in the collections, and provides specialized services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other persons with disabilities.
  • Librarian's Index to the Index

  • Libraries and Museums -- Reference Shelf for The Genealogist and Family Historian.
    Information for the amateur to professional researcher, including Harvard, the U. S. Library of Congress, public, private, college, local, university, international, worldwide library links and classification systems.

  • Libraries in the United States. Organized by state and then type of library.

  • LibrarySpot - Libraries Online
  • Library Index
  • Libweb - Library servers via WWW.
  • Local History and Genealogy Reading Room. This Library of Congress (LC) site offers information on conducting genealogical research at the LC.

  • Midwest Genealogy Center  (Independence, Missouri). The Midwest Genealogy Center (MGC) is one of the nation's preeminent resources for family history, providing access to almost three-quarter of a  million on-site materials. The Genealogy Center features 52,000 square feet of space to house all the resources and technology genealogists need to research. The Midwest Genealogy Center is part of the Mid-Continent Public Library (MCPL) system. MCPL has a long history of providing outstanding genealogy resources, and the Genealogy Center has been a major step in the growth of the system.

  • National Genealogical Society Book Collection (St. Louis, Missouri). Special Collections contains library holdings of the St. Louis Genealogical Society and the National Genealogical Society in addition to the genealogical and local history materials of the St. Louis County Library.
  • National Genealogical Society. This web site for a national genealogical association provides "How to get started" guidance and a virtual library.
  • National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution. Provides resources for genealogists including an online catalog.

  • New York Public Library (New York, NY). The Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy. As one of the nation's largest publicly accessible and non-membership genealogical collections, the Milstein Division is a national resource.
  • Newberry Library (Chicago, Illinois). Genealogy at the Newberry.
  • CARRIE - Full Text Electronic Library
  • San Antonio Public Library - Texana/Genealogy. Information on preserving family photographs, personal papers, and other precious materials.
  • State Archives. Contact information for NARA state archives and historical societies
  • WWW-Virtual History Library

Library Catalogs

  • Access to Archival Databases (AAD). NARA's searchable database containing electronic records. The following topics have specific genealogical sources in AAD: Passenger lists of immigrants to the Port of New York 1846-1851, WWII POWs and casualties, Korean War POWs and casualties, Japanese-American internees, Vietnam War casualties, and more.
  • Archival Research Catalog (ARC). ARC is a NARA database and contains online copies of some records that can be useful in genealogical research. The following topics have specific genealogical sources in ARC: African American history, court records, Federal employees, immigration, military records, and Native Americans records.
  • ArchiveGrid. Thousands of libraries, museums, and archives have contributed nearly a million collection descriptions to ArchiveGrid. Researchers searching ArchiveGrid can learn about the many items in each of these collections, contact archives to arrange a visit to examine materials, and order copies.
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FamilySearch. Family History Library Catalog.  Online catalog of the LDS Family History Library. The LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City has a large collection of family histories, county histories, and other published material. These materials are listed in the library’s catalog, which is available on microfiche or CD-ROM at LDS Family History Centers and other libraries throughout the United States. Some books have been microfilmed, and the microfilm can be borrowed from the Salt Lake City library at a Family History Center. To find a Family History Center near you, enter your city, county, state, and country on the site. You can search the Family History Library Catalog. The catalog can be searched for surnames and places. Under “All Searches,” you can also search by author, microfilm/microfiche number, and call number.
  • Daughters of the American Revolution, National Society. DAR Library Catalog.  DAR Library online catalog. Books in this library do not circulate, but the Library does have a Search Service through which information in a book can be located and photocopied.
  • LibDex: The Library Index. You can search for a library to see if it has an online catalog.
  • Library of Congress. Library of Congress Online Catalog. The new Library of Congress Online Catalog.
  • Library of Congress. Z39.50 Gateway. List of libraries whose catalogs can be accessed through the Z39.50 Gateway.
  • National Genealogical Society Library Special Collection at the St. Louis County Public Library  NGS Library Special Collection online catalog. All NGS books located in St. Louis are available through standard interlibrary loan channels, usually through your local library.
  • webCATS: Library Catalogues on the World Wide Web. List by state of U.S. libraries with online catalogs.
  •  OCLC, a worldwide library cooperative.

Other Resources

  • Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo. The Family Tree Guide to Finding Your Ellis Island Ancestors. Cincinnati: Family Tree Books, 2005.
  • Carson, Dina C., editor. Directory of Genealogical and Historical Societies, Libraries and Periodicals in the US and Canada: 2006. Niwot, Colorado: Iron Gate, 2006.
  • Dollarhide, William and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers. North Salk Lake, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998.
  • Genealogy of the UK - A guide to finding online genealogy resources for the UK, including archives, libraries,
    surname lists, parish registers, cemeteries, directories, war memorials, electoral rolls, censuses.
  • Kaminkow, Jack, editor. United States Local Histories in the Library of Congress, a Bibliography. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976.
  • Kaminkow, Marion J. Genealogies in the Library of Congress, A Bibliography. 1972, 1977, 1981, 1986. Reprint, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2001.
  • Library of Congress. Genealogies Cataloged by the Library of Congress Since 1986. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1992.
  • Neagles, James C. and Mark C. Neagles. The Library of Congress; A Guide to Genealogical and Historical Research. Ancestry, 1990. This guide names and describes the library's genealogically important published works and other materials, not only in the Local History and Genealogy Reading Room but also in the other divisions and reading rooms. This book provides a straightforward and informal description of the genealogical sources in the library and how to locate them.