Local Library Full of Historical Info; Tracing Your Family History and Starting a Family Tree Is an Absorbing Hobby That Can Involve All the Family. This Series of Weekly Articles Will Help You Get Started and Teach You the Basics of Family History Research

The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia), April 25, 2012 | Go to article overview

Local Library Full of Historical Info; Tracing Your Family History and Starting a Family Tree Is an Absorbing Hobby That Can Involve All the Family. This Series of Weekly Articles Will Help You Get Started and Teach You the Basics of Family History Research


THE local library is often overlooked as a source for family history research but most libraries, regardless of size, can offer helpful resources for researchers.

Among the holdings of a local library you may find:

Local newspapers. Either in printed format, or on microfilm, the local newspaper is one of the most fertile sources of information you will come across. Most families of long standing in a community are likely to be mentioned in the local newspaper at some time.

Published family histories of those with a connection to the town or region.

Published local histories.

Genealogical Research Directories. Although no longer published, this series ran from 1982 to 2007 and provided an annual edition listing details of families being researched by other genealogists in Australia.

Most libraries have one or two included in its collection (usually held in the reference section) although the problem of contacting submitters increases with the age of the directory.

Free internet access. Allows you to search and explore internet resources even if you don't have a home internet connection.

Free access to websites like Ancestry and Find My Past. These organizations offer special multi-user subscriptions for places like libraries and family history societies, and many libraries find this a useful benefit for their patrons.

Inter-library loans. It is quite possible you may learn of the existence of a book, CD, or similar item held by another library, and which may be useful to your research. …

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