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Genealogy   Tags: genealogy, history, local history, newspapers  

Hunt for your roots with these excellent sources.
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  • Ancestry Library Edition
    In-library use only.

    Ancestry Library Edition collection has approximately 4,000 databases including key collections such as U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1930
  • HeritageQuest
    Lots of links and information, including by State and Country. This is a good beginner's site
  • MyHeritage
    MyHeritage is a website for discovering, sharing and preserving family history. It offers online, mobile and software platforms to its users worldwide. REMOTE ACCESS.
  • World Vital Records
    A massive library with billions of Family History and Genealogy records, and millions of family trees. Access key collections: COMPLETE U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1940; military records; enhanced Social Security Death Index (SSDI) records; millions of newspaper articles; unique, exclusive local and international collections. REMOTE ACCESS

Family Search

Begin with Your Family History

Genealogy is a hunt to answer every question you have ever had about your family and family history. Perhaps you've thought of starting to write your family history. Or maybe you think it's time for the family historian to start filling in a few branches on the family tree. The Library and the Web have many resources to help with your family history project.

  • Cyndi's List
    One of the first and most comprehensive resources for genealogy material. A must visit. See especially the "Are you new to genealogy?" and the many international links.
  • HeritageQuest
    Search the Census, books, the U.S. Civil War, articles, Revolutionary War and more.
  • California Death Records
    This site provides a free search of records from 1940 through 1997. Ignore the search box at the top of the page (which leads to fee-based info from and enter your search terms in the search boxes in the middle of the page.
  • Social Security Death Index
    Search for the record of your deceased ancestor in the files of the Social Security Administration.
  • Family Research at DPLA
    Resources, search tips, content highlights, blog posts and more in one single place. Free to all, one sign-up, no email, no library card needed.
  • Rootsweb
    The primary purpose of is to connect people so that they can help each other and share genealogical research.
  • WorldGenWeb Project
    Growing project with the goal of providing links worldwide. Search by country or region.
  • Differences between personal & library
    There are some key differences between a personal account and the Library's
  • Moose Roots
    MooseRoots is a genealogy site that uses Graphiq’s semantic technology to deliver deep insights via data-driven articles, visualizations and research tools.
  • CSI: Dixie
    Coroners’ inquests are some of the richest records we have of life and death in the nineteenth century South. As mortals, we all die, but we do not die equally. Race, place, gender, profession, behavior, and good and bad luck play large roles in determining how we go out of the world. Collecting extant coroners' inquests for the state of South Carolina between 1800 and 1900, "CSI: Dixie" provides rare glimpses into Victorian-era suicide, homicide, infanticide, abortion, child abuse, spousal abuse, master-slave murder, and slave on slave violence.
  • Distant Cousin
    10 million genealogy records from over 4200 sources, this site is strongest on city directories, school and miliary records
  • Canadiana is a coalition of memory institutions dedicated to providing broad access to Canada's documentary heritage.

Reverse Directories

Haines Directory:

The Fremont Main Library 510-745-1444 has the Haines East Bay/Southern Alameda County Criss-Cross Directory. The Albany Branch 510-526-3720 has the Haines Oakland City & Suburban Criss-Cross Directory. We will look up 3 addresses or phone numbers for you over the telephone.

There are also a number of telephone directories available on the Internet such as, and The Ultimate Directory (InfoSpace).


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