At some point in our lives, most of us want to learn more about our family history. Maybe you’ve wondered if you have a famous family member, you’ve suddenly been tasked with compiling a family tree, or you just want to understand yourself better; the reasons to research genealogy are endless. But where do you start?
There are some obvious places to begin. Write down everything that you know, and then talk to your family members and record as many of their memories as you can. Once that’s done, what comes next? You don’t have to pay for a DNA test to dig further into your family’s past; here are some helpful genealogy databases available through our website.
Ancestry Library Edition
Ancestry.com is an excellent source for genealogy, but you can use Ancestry Library Edition for free! You can find an incredible amount of information from all over the world in over 7,000 databases. While you won’t need to register to use the databases, you can’t build a family tree with Ancestry Library, and it’s only available for in-library use.
Did you know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides genealogy information free of charge? A research guidance service on the site is an interactive wizard that offers detailed help. You can even find local Family Search centers where you’ll be able to access more than 2 million records from all over the world. Registration is required, but the service is free and you can build a family tree and add photos.
Cyndi’s List is a categorized and cross-referenced list of links for genealogical research; you can search by geographical location, ethnic group, military, and more. Creator Cyndi Howells is an author of several books on genealogical research. Click here to view them in our catalog.