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Genealogy Resources

Libraries and Archives


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.