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Genealogy Subject Guide

Electronic Resources

America's Genealogy Bank

Remote Access (use library card number)
Quickly find your ancestors in over four centuries of rare documents and records. Search thousands of historical newspapers, books, pamphlets and genealogies. Plus, the complete American State Papers, U.S. Serial Set, Social Security Death Index and more than 23 million obituaries

Ancestry Library Edition

(Library use only)
A new genealogy research tool created for the library market. It provides patrons with instant access to a wide range of unique resources for genealogical and historical research. With more than 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 databases, Ancestry Library Edition includes records from the United States Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and more! These collections are continuously expanding, with new content added every business day.

America's Obituaries & Death Notices
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, social affiliations, and geographic location.


Heritage Quest Online
Remote Access (use library card number)
Your library's resource for census data, family records, and local histories. This collection assembles every extant U.S. federal census, family genealogies, local histories, tax lists, city directories, land and probate records, birth, marriage and death records, genealogical and local history serials, and more. An ongoing project (new content is added regularly), HeritageQuest Online will grow to encompass the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), Freedman’s Bank Records, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Index, and additional materials.


Print Resources


Burke's genealogical and heraldic history of the peerage, baronetage & knightage London : Burke's Peerage Limited, c1956. Call # R 929.72 BU

The handy book for genealogists Logan, UT : Everton Publishers, c1991. Call # R 929.1 HA

The new Jersey coast in three centuries : history of the New Jersey coast with genealogical and historic-biographical appendix / William Nelson, editor New York, NY ; Chicago, IL : Lewis Pub. Co., c1902. Call # LHC 974.9 NEL v.1-3

Non Fiction

Allen, Desmond Walls First steps in genealogy : a beginner's guide to researching your family history Cincinnati, OH : Betterway Books, c1998. Call # 929.1 AL

Best, Laura Genealogy for the first time : research your family history New York, NY : Sterling Pub. Co., c2003. Call # 929.1 BE

Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo A genealogist's guide to discovering your female ancestors : special strategies for uncovering hard - to - find information about your female lineage Cincinnati, OH : Betterway Books, c1998. Call # 929.1 CA

Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo Your guide to cemetery research Cincinnati, OH : Betterway Books, c2002. Call # 929.5 CA

Galford, Ellen The genealogy handbook : the complete guide to tracing your family tree Pleasantville, NY : Reader's Digest Assoc., c2001. Call # 929.1 GA

Hahn, Pamela Rice The unofficial guide to online genealogy Foster City, CA : IDG Books Worldwide, c2001.  Call # 929.102 HAH

Hendrickson, Nancy Finding your roots online Cincinnati, OH : Betterway Books, c2003. Call # 929.1 HE

Hull, Lise Tracing your family history : the complete guide to locating your ancestors and finding out where you came from Pleasantville, NY : Reader's Digest, c2006. Call # 929.1 HU

McClure, Rhonda R. Digitizing your family history : easy methods for preserving your heirloom documents, photos, home movies and more in a digital format Cincinnati, OH : Family Tree Books, c2004.  Call # 929.1 MC

Mills, Elizabeth Shown Evidence! : citation & analysis for the family historian Baltimore, MD : Genealogical Pub. Co., c1997. Call # 929.1 MI

Morgan, George G. How to do everything with your genealogy New York, NY : McGraw-Hill / Osborne, c2004. Call # 929.107 MOR

Rising, Marsha Hoffman Family tree problem solver : proven methods for scaling the inevitable brick wall Cincinnati, OH : Family Tree Books, c2005. Call # 929.1 RI

Rose, Christine and Germain Ingalls, Kay The complete idiot's guide to genealogy Indianapolis, IN : Alpha Books, c2005. Call # 929.107 RO

Schaefer, Christina K. The hidden half of the family : a sourcebook for women's genealogy Baltimore, MD : Genealogical Pub. Co., c1999. Call # 929.1 SC

Woodtor, Dee Parmer Finding a place called home : a guide to African - American genealogy and historical identity New York, NY : Random House, c1999. Call # 929.1 WO


Family tree magazine

World Wide Web Resources

Beginner's Guide to Family History Research

"If you can't even spell the word g-e-n-e-a-l-o-g-y, this is the place for you to start. Everyone has ancestors, and if you're wondering who yours are, it's time to get involved in family history and genealogy research." This resource is divided into 13 short chapters that will take a beginner through the basics of genealogy research. There's a glossary of terms and a list of other genealogy resources.”

Camden County Public Library

Get genealogy information specifically related to New Jersey.

This social networking site brings together over 40 million original historical documents and continues to grow by "millions each month." Through a unique partnership with the National Archives, it recently added "the first ever" interactive World War II collection, which includes an interactive version of the USS Arizona Memorial, World War II Hero Pages, and World War II photos. Other material includes the Matthew Brady collection of Civil War photos and UFO documents from 1947–69. With an appeal reminiscent of the History Channel, this smartly designed resource lets you create a gallery of photos, family trees, and much more. Cutting-edge in every way.

Genealogy Buff

“Genealogy Buff is a free genealogy website designed especially for novice researchers of genealogical information. Its key features include a thorough surname search tool and an easily navigable homepage organized by topics that link to both free and subscription based genealogy websites.”

Genealogy FAQ

“A FAQ from the U.S. Census Bureau. Answers many basic genealogy questions, particularly in the realm of government information sources.”

Genealogy and Family History Internet Web Directory

“This comprehensive resources provides links to information on almost all aspects of family history research. The mission is to promote scholarly educational access to all key worldwide Internet genealogical and family history databases and resources. It is divided up by region as well as by topic. There is also a feature to search the website.”

Genealogical Research at the National Archives

"Genealogists are the most numerous users of the Washington, DC, research rooms, and 13 regional records service facilities of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). This area provides many of the finding aids, guides, and research tools that can prepare you for a visit to one of our facilities or for requesting records from NARA." There are essays on different aspects of genealogical research and links to other sources of information.


This resource claims to be "the world's largest online family tree," including millions of names and records. What makes it unique is that everyone is connected on a "single online family tree," but users also have a version of their own view (i.e., they maintain their own separate tree in addition to being connected to a "single online family tree"). Two user paths are offered: "Just looking for your family tree" for the curious and "Seriously researching your genealogy" for genealogists. Noteworthy features include the Genealogy Learning Center, online records management, printable forms, and a newsletter. Solid and consistent throughout.

The Origins Network

Formerly Origins.net, this is the place to go for British, Irish, and Scottish origins information. Subscriptions are offered separately—i.e., for British origins only or total access to all three—with the British section being far more robust than the other two, currently boasting 50 million names. Included are exclusive British and Irish record collections dating back to the 13th century as well as rare photos and books. The Irish section offers Griffith's Primary Valuation of Ireland, "the most important database for Irish genealogy research prior to the 20th century." Types of collections include court and marriage records, wills, apprenticeships, and survey maps. U.K. specialty is clearly the product's strength, as is the affordable price tag.


"The Internet's Oldest and Largest Genealogy Community" RootsWeb offers a host of genealogical resources, including search engines and databases (surnames, county and state records, the Social Security Death Index), a listserv, discussion groups, and related links.”


Educational Videos

African American lives [videodisc] Alexandria, VA : PBS Home Video, c2006. Call # DVD 973 AFR

England and your english history  Heritage Corp., c1993. Call # V 306.8 EN

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