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Do library research

While more and more genealogical information is available online, sometimes nothing can substitute a trip to the library. There are several national libraries that provide many of the records sought by genealogists. Visit their sites to find available resources and to plan your visit.

  • National Archives and Records Administration
    Located in Washington, D.C., the National Archives also operates regional offices. Visit NARA's Genealogy Page to find out indexes of available records.

  • Library of Congress
    The Local History and Genealogy Reading Room has Civil War regimental histories and published genealogies.

  • Family History Library
    Located in Salt Lake City, the Family History Library has a large collection of genealogical materials available. If you can't travel to Utah, visit a Family History Center in your area to access the same records.

  • New York Public Library
    The library's genealogy collection includes passenger lists, national and state census records, photographs and family histories.

  • Daughters of the American Revolution Library
    Opened in 1896, the DAR Library in Washington, D.C. now offers thousands of files helpful to genealogists. The collection includes books, manuscripts and records.

  • Allen County Public Library
    Family histories, military records and Native American records are just a few of the thousands of documents available at this genealogical research center in Fort Wayne, Ind.

  • New England Historic Genealogical Society
    Located in Boston, this organization is the oldest genealogy society in the country. The library has thousands of documents of interest to genealogists, and you can search the catalog online.

  • Mid-Continent Public Library
    This library in Missouri offers access to federal census records, military records and genealogies of Midwestern families.

  • Clayton Library
    Part of the Houston Public Library, this center is one of the top genealogy libraries in the country. Learn what records the library has to offer and get research tips.

  • National Genealogical Society Library
    The NGS Library includes 30,000 books as well as family history files and members' ancestral charts

  • Newberry Library
    This independent Chicago library offers local histories, census records and 17,000 genealogies, many from colonial America.
To learn about more genealogy libraries, read "America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers" by William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremmer. This book examines the collections of many research libraries.




 
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