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Best U.S. Libraries for Genealogy

Wondering how to find the best public libraries for genealogy research? Travel the map, click and explore some of my favorites, in no particular order. And remember, the collections of these libraries span nationally and internationally, so don't let their physical location fool you. Enjoy! And more free information on how to find your family history please visit www.genealogygems.com and listen to the free podcast in iTunes called Family History: Genealogy Made Easy.

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The Denver Public Library Genealogy Collection is the 2nd largest between the Mississippi River and the West Coast and the largest in the Rocky Mountain area. You'll find material spanning generations and covering a wide spectrum of ethnic and geographic categories. Includes 60,000 books, 75,000 pieces of microform, and hundreds of magazine and newsletter titles, charts, clippings, atlases and manuscripts.

The Dallas Public Library has has 111,000+ volumes, 64,000+ microfilms, 89,000 microfiche, and over 700 maps. Includes state and county marriage, probate, deed, and tax abstracts in book form and microfilm of originals for some states, and online databases.

Founded in 1845, New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is the country’s leading resource for family history research. They help all genealogists improve their...understanding of their family and its place in history. Although their name says New England, they provide expertise and research in nearly all aspects of family history, from 17th-century colonial New England through twentieth-century immigration research. 200 million searchable names are searchable at AmericanAncestors....

Sutro Library (San Francisco, CA) materials can be accessed through the California State Library Main Catalog, and Sutro staff is available to assist in-house customers with the resources. Sutro items may be borrowed by requesting an interlibrary loan through your local public library.

The Newberry Library in Chicago has been collecting genealogy and local history materials since 1887. Staff at the Genealogy and Local History desk can help you explore the Newberry’s rich collections of family histories; local histories; censuses, probate, deed, court, tax, and cemetery records; military rosters; periodicals; genealogical guides; and reference works.

"The DAR Library was founded in 1896 as a collection of genealogical and historical publications for the use of genealogists verifying applications for the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Shortly after 1900 the growing collection opened to the public. Non-members of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Sons of the Revolution, or the Children of the American Revolution pay a small daily user fee to help maintain and to expand the Library's collections."

The ACPL Genealogy Center is a unique and valuable resource for the Northeastern Indiana community and the entire genealogical community at large. They have one of the largest research collections available, incorporating records from around the world. Their staff specializes in genealogy and is always available to help. Don't miss this one!

Los Angeles Public Library - "History Book Collection = 200,000+ volumes, CA Biography & Vertical Files. 10,000+ genealogies. Map Collection is one of the largest in America, with 80,000 maps, 2,000 atlases, 1000 gazetters and over 1000 books including Sanborn Fire Insurance Atlases. The History Department has a sampling of papers from other states. For information on older issues of newspapers, please consult the library catalog's Periodical Holdings."

"The Genealogy and Local History Department provides research level resources and services in the following areas: local history and culture, river history, genealogy, and African American history." The Joseph S. Stern, Jr. Cincinnati Room, adjacent to the Genealogy and Local History Department, displays local history artifacts and provides a climate controlled and secure environment for using the Library’s rare and fragile materials.

"The Library of Congress has one of the world's premier collections of U.S. and foreign genealogical and local historical publications. The Library's genealogy collection began as early as 1815 with the purchase of Thomas Jefferson's library."

West 43rd Street - Broadway,Toffenetti Restaurant, Digital ID 1558231, New York Public Library. The Milstein Division of United States History, Local History & Genealogy is one of the largest genealogical collections freely open to the public. Unless noted otherwise, all sources cited are located in the Milstein Division (Room 121). Many of the microform titles are self-service in the Milstein Division Microform Room (Room 119).

"Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research is located in Houston’s Museum District close to Herman Park. There are four buildings on the property: the Main Building, which houses the research collection, the Clayton House, the Carriage House, and the Guest House. When you pull into the parking lot the Main Building is located to the left, the historic houses to the right."

Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah "Experienced guides and genealogists can help you with your research, and it’s available to you free of charge! Research Consultants and volunteers can help you by suggesting sources for you to search, answering basic questions such as how to get started, where a town is located, and what records are available for a locality and how to use them."

Midwest Genealogy Center | mymcpl.org - Mid-Continent Public Library"The Midwest Genealogy Center (MGC) is one of the nation's preeminent resources for family history, providing access to almost three-quarter of a million on-site materials. The Genealogy Center features 52,000 square feet of space to house all the resources and technology genealogists need to research."