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Explore the history of you. Build your family tree and learn more about your ancestors with these resources.
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Books about Genealogy

The following books are great starting points for beginning genealogical research or for those seeking to broaden their search. 

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Genealogy for Dummies - Christine Rose and Kay Germain Ingalls
Call Number: 929.1 ROS
Get to the roots of your personal history, using all the resources of the Internet! This edition helps you plan your research, use both offline and online tools, verify what you find, and share your results.

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AARP Genealogy Online - April Leigh Helm
Provides you with the know-how to research your family's history using the latest and greatest online tools and resources.

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Encyclopedia of American Family Names - H. Amanda Robb and Andrew Chesler
Call Number: 929.4 ROB
For the 5000 most common surnames in the United States, the book provides origin, rank in terms of prevalence, the number of persons with the name in the Social Security Administration database for 1980, and narratives of prominent Americans bearing the surname.

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Everything Guide to Online Genealogy
This book will help you create an online search strategy, use search engines and Soundex to find kin, reach out to others with peer-to-peer record swapping, discover useful records from around the world, and more.

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The Family Tree Guide Book - the editors of Family Tree Magazine
Call Number: 929.1 FAM
Combines genealogy basics, online directories and region-specific travel information to create an invaluable reference that's perfect for beginning and experienced genealogists.

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Family Tree Problem Solver - Marsha Hoffman Rising
Call Number: 929.1 RIS
Complications arising from incomplete or missing records, census irregularities, and individuals of the same name occur more often than non-genealogists might think.

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Finding Anyone, Anywhere, Anywhen - Noel Montgomery Elliot.
Call Number: 025.04 ELL
The Internet is the most powerful research tool available today, but there are tricks to using it to its full potential. Noel Montgomery Elliot reveals what he's learned over his 35 years of research experience, including the most common mistakes people make when trying to locate ancestors who lived a century or more ago.

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Finding Your Roots Online - Nancy Hendrickson
Call Number: 025.069291 HEN
Finding Your Roots Online helps you zero in on the information that's both trustworthy and accurate. You'll learn where and how to find valuable genealogical information, ensure its reliability, and use it to take your research in surprising new directions.

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How to Do Everything Genealogy
This genealogy guide will help you find what you need from global ancestry records and offers proven strategies for both traditional and electronic research.

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Scrapbooking Your Family History - Laura Best
Call Number: 745.593 BES
Preserve your ancestral memories through scrapbooking, using photos, documents, and family stories. These remarkable volumes honor the past on pages that evoke appropriate time and place using colors, memorabilia, craft techniques, and journaling.

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The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy - edited by Loretto Dennis Szucs & Sandra Hargreaves Luebking
Call Number: Adult Reference - 929.1072 SOU
Intended as a handbook and a guide to selecting, locating, and using appropriate primary and secondary resources, The Source also functions as an instructional tool for novice genealogists and a refresher course for experienced researchers.

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Tracing Your Family History - Lise Hull
Call Number: Adult Oversize - 929.1 HUL
This book is divided into five parts that will walk you through the process of genealogy research, including how to file pertinent information, where to find information and how to read vital documents.

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Your Guide to Cemetery Research - Sharon DeBartolo Carmack
Call Number: 929.5 CAR
Covers everything from cemetery and death-related terminology to clues offered by headstone art, and cemeteries' role in our culture and history.

Online Collections about Genealogy

Get out your library card for this one; you're going to need it!

  • (Library Edition)
    Discover your unique family history! This resource includes billions of records from around the world, including from U.S., U.K., and Canadian census and vital records, immigration and passport records, periodicals and books, photos, and more. Note: This database is accessible only while in the library.
  • The Columbus Dispatch
    Archives from July 1985 to present, including select obituaries.
  • Genealogy Online for Dummies  
    Genealogy Online For Dummies puts you in touch with all of the tools, resources, methods, and know-how you need to make your research into your family history a total success.
  • HeritageQuest Online
    HeritageQuest Online provides genealogical information for tracing family lineage beginning with the thirteen original colonies. Includes U.S. Census images from 1790 to 1930, Revolutionary War files, and local histories.
  • Sanborn Insurance Maps
    Uncover the magic of the past with historic large-scale street plans and maps for Ohio from 1882 to 1962.
  • Westerville's Local History Catalog
    Westerville's Local History Catalog provides discriptions for the Westerville Library's local history holdings, which include obituaries from area publications.

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Looking for a rare book, such as family histories, abstracts of wills, parish registers or cemetery burial maps? Search below to see which libraries hold the item. Then email us to request the item!

Find out more about what genealogy resources you can find with WorldCat.

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