Start Your Genealogy Search

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Start Your Genealogy Search

Photo of Crash Course in GenealogyWho am I?  Where do I come from?  These are questions many of us have pondered.  One way to find some answers is to do some genealogical research.

Discover little-known facts about your family history and share them at your next family gathering. Maybe you will discover you had a great, great, great Uncle Bill who fought in the Civil War. Or perhaps you will find the death certificate of your late Aunt Nora. Learn where your ancestors came from and maybe you will learn a little bit more about yourself. 

The DC Public Library is here to help you along the way. We have books on how to get started like David Dowell’s Crash Course in Genealogy as well as genealogical databases such as Heritage Quest. The Washingtoniana Division at the MLK Library also has a variety of genealogy resources you can use, such as the microfilm collection where you can find obituaries of your late relatives. 

We are here to help you as you learn and grow.

Here some other helpful resources to move you on your way: