Genealogy Day

National Genealogy Day is March 12. It’s a great day to try a new hobby— discovering the origins of your family. Many people would like to try genealogy but have no idea how to start. There is a lot to know about family tree research, but here are a few important pointers:

  • Know which records will provide you with the information you are researching
  • Understand what records are available for the place and time period you’re searching
  • Know where to look for the information you seek
To get started on your genealogy journey, try the following books:

The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy

The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy

Evidence Explained

Organize your Genealogy

The Source

The Handybook for Genealogists

The library also offers the following online resources:

Ancestry Library Edition (in library use only) - Search billions of census, vital, military and immigration records and more.  

My Heritage Library Edition - A great place to start your research for vital records. A CPL card is required to use this service. 

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps - Historic fire insurance maps. 

Need more help with online sources? Be sure to check out this blog outlining a variety of online resources available to help you in your search.