Friday, August 10, 2012

Local Library Genealogical Collections


Last week, my local genealogicalsociety had our every-other-month Lunch ‘n’ Learn meeting.  We decided to bring our own lunches and meet outside the library that housed our society’s genealogical collection of over 1,000 books.  The docent for our society then gave a presentation of what our collection has and then a tour to show us where everything is.

Since I have no local ancestors, I never thought I would find much in a local society’s book collection.  Boy, howdy, was I wrong!  Our society's collection includes:

  • ·         Genealogies in the Library of Congress: a Bibliography
  • ·         Passenger and Immigration Lists: bibliography
  • ·         Mayflower Families
  • ·         DAR Patriot Index
  • ·         Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files
  • ·         Ethnic and Religious books (in particular Mennonite Genealogies)
  • ·         Genealogists Address Book
  • ·         Churches and Cemeteries
  • ·         California Counties and Localities
  • ·         Pre-1905 California Death Index on Microfiche
  • ·         Schellen’s Collection for Alameda County with Index
  • ·         Maps
  • ·         US Local Histories in the Library of Congress
  • ·         Meyers-Orts Gazetteer

We also have the following computer resources:
  • ·         Wireless connection (with library card)
  • ·         FamilySearch
  • ·         World Cat
  • ·         Heritage Quest (and you may access from home computer if you have a library card)
  • ·         Steve Morse
  • ·         NEHGS
  • ·         Fold3
  • ·         Ancestry (Library Edition)
  • ·         A Genealogy Docent there every Wednesday from 10-1 and then again from 6-9 (or by appointment). 

To be honest, the whole thing made me feel quite stupid for ignoring such a LOCAL, valuable treasure for so many years.  So, go check out your local library and your local genealogical society.  Now.  Right now.

My local society is Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society and our library collection is here:  Pleasanton Public Library.

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