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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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Most of us can't get there physically, but we can still use the Library of Congress for genealogy with their great online resources. Check these out! #familyhistorylibrary #familyhistory

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Library of Congress

"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."

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An index to Family Bible records is now searchable for free at the DAR website. Check it out!

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OCLC Library

Need something very specific for your genealogy research that you're not finding at these awesome libraries? Search for the records and collections you need at WorldCat.org & you'll get connected with the resources of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide.

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Headed to a state capital city soon? Here are some tips for researching ancestors from that state while you are there!

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Family History Library

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."

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Midwest Genealogy Center

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."

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DAR Library

"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."

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Sutro Library

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.

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Learn three quick tips from a new podcast episode to help you research your family history at the public library, which is both free and convenient! #genealogy

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