Hunt for your roots with these excellent sources.
- 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
Lots of links and information, including by State and Country. This is a good beginner's site
- 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
History and Genealogy Archives
NOTE: to be replaced July 1, 2015 with MyHeritage.
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.
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 Ancestry.com) 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.
The primary purpose of RootsWeb.com 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 Ancestry.com
There are some key differences between a personal account and the Library's Ancestry.com.
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, 555-1212.com and The Ultimate Directory (InfoSpace).