Preparing To Do Research in a Major Genealogy Library
Presented 17 April 2004 for the Tulsa Genealogical Society
By Barbara Becker Meehan, CGRSSM, FTGS and Janice Meridith, FTGS
Where Are Major Libraries?
· Ask Around
Tulsa Genealogical Society
TGS County Connection (coming soon!)
§ Internet resources
§ Print resources
§ Google (popular search engine)
§ American Library Directory (annually)
§ Handybook for Genealogists (2002)
§ Genealogist’s Address Book (1999)
§ Printed Sources (1998)
§ Ancestry’s Red Book (1992)
§ FamilyTree Magazine’s website articles
§ 1a. the art of planning and carrying out military movement, evacuation, and supply.
§ b. the planning and carrying out of any complex or large-scale operation or activity.
From World Book Multimedia Encyclopedia, 2003 Ed., Version 7.1.1, 2002 World Book, Inc. and its licensors.
Learning About the Facility
§ Potential sources:
• Research guides
• Magazine articles
• Online articles
• Mail / Phone / Fax
• National conferences
§ Consider which you will trust most
A Library’s Web Site
§ About Us
§ Upcoming events/classes
§ Research policies
§ Facility-furnished information
• Nearby accommodations
• Nearby restaurants
§ Community marketing information
• Interested in entertainment?
• Nearby distractions?
§ Will you need a rental car?
§ Where will you park?
§ How late would a free shuttle run?
§ Would you feel safe walking?
§ Will you need cash? tokens? pass?
§ What about rush hour traffic?
§ What about access to food?
Complying With the Rules
§ Cell phones?
§ Food & drink?
§ Digital cameras?
§ Books re-shelved?
§ Researcher identification required?
§ Where could you get a copy card?
§ When should you make photocopies? or use readers?
§ When can you call for materials?
§ Might some services be unavailable?
§ Computer time limit? sign-up?
§ Readers by assignment? time limit?
Should They Be Expecting You?
§ E-mail, call or write with questions, only if needed.
§ Request special materials early.
§ Plan your visit for when key librarians will be in and available.
Planning the Research
§ About the collections
§ Research guides
§ Online catalog
Browser Tips & Tricks
§ Back - Forward - Stop - Refresh - Home
Favorites - Tips & Tricks
USING Your Browser
§ Do you want to save your place?
§ Note where a link will take you
§ Links of a different color
Some Key Online Catalogs
• Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ FamilySearch™ site
• Lending library of over 20,000 items, housed at the St. Louis County Library
• Over 50,000 family histories alone
• Lending Library of 5,000 volumes
• Online catalogs of microform materials (these do not loan)
§ Cyndi’s List of Libraries and Archives
§ Search on place, name or keyword
§ Search by state
§ Search by county
§ Family History Library Catalog
§ Many privately-published genealogy books have been donated to the Family History Library
· Use Tulsa City-County Library card
o Access in the library
o Access from home
o Find out whether a book exists
o Find out which libraries own the book you want
§ Links to select major genealogy libraries
Family History Library
American Antiquarian Society
Allen County Public Library (Genealogy)
The Library of Congress
Daughters of American Revolution Library
Bancroft Library, Berkeley
Newberry Library, Chicago
Samford University Library, Birmingham
New England Historic Genealogical Society
Cyndi’s List for State Libraries/Archives
Clayton Library, Houston
Allen County Public Library, Genealogy Department. PERiodical Source Index. [also known as PERSI] Fort Wayne, Ind.: Allen County Public Library Foundation, 1986-1997 [g] A CD-ROM version has been published for later editions, by Ancestry 2000 [t]. The database is currently available by paid subscription through Ancestry.com, as well as online as part of the TCCL’s HeritageQuest Online subscription at the Genealogy Center.
American Library Directory. New Providence, N.J.: R. R. Bowker, annual. [r]
Bentley, Elizabeth Petty. The Genealogist’s Address Book. 4th Ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. [g]
Eichholz, Alice, ed. Ancestry's Red Book: American State, County & Town Sources, Rev. ed. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992. [c, g, t]
Family History Library, Research Outlines: [one for each state or for the United States]. Salt Lake City: Family History Library. [g] Available for use or purchase at Family History Centers, or online at www.familysearch.org.
Guide to Genealogical Research in the National Archives. Washington, DC: National Archives Trust Fund Board, 1983 [c, g, t]; 2000 [g].
The Handybook For Genealogists. 10th ed. Draper, UT: The Everton Publishers, 2002. [*, g, t (9th Ed)]
Kaminkow, Marion J. Genealogies in the Library of Congress: A Bibliography. Baltimore: Magna Carta Book Co., 1972. [g, t]
_____. A Complement to Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Magna Carta Book Co., 1981.[g]
Kovacs, Diane K.. Genealogical Research on the Web. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., 2002. [c]
McClure, Rhonda R. Complete Idiot’s Guide to Online Genealogy. 2nd ed. Indianapolis: Alpha, c2002. [c]
Meyerink, Kory L., ed. Appendix B, “Major U.S. Genealogical Libraries,” Printed Sources. A Guide to Published Genealogical Records. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1998, pp 789-794.[g]
National Archives and Records Administration. Military Service Records. A Select Catalog of NARA Publications. Washington, DC: National Archives Trust Fund Borad, 1985. [g, t]
National Union Catalog. 754 vols. London: Mansell, 1968-81. Pre-1956 imprints, with supplementary series for 1956-67, 1968-72, and 1973-77. [r]
Porter, Pamela Boyer and Amy Johnson Crow. Online Roots. Nashville: Rutledge Hill Press, 2003. [c]
Szucs, Loretto Dennis and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, The Archives: A Guide to the National Archives Field Branches. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1988 [c, g, t (on CD-ROM)].
Thackery, David T., “Bibliographies and Catalogs,” In Printed Sources. A Guide to Published Genealogical Records. edited by Kory L. Meyerink, pp 176-191. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1998. [g]
Warren, Paula Stuart and James W. Your Guide to the Family History Library. How to Access the Worldís Largest Genealogy Resource. Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 2001. [g, t]
Notes regarding availability of various editions of these materials:
c In the circulating collection of the Tulsa City-County Library System.
g In the non-circulating genealogy collection of the Tulsa City-County Library System, at the Genealogy Center.
r Part of the reference collection of the Tulsa City-County Library System; non-circulating, but available at various branches.
t Part of the collection at the Tulsa Genealogical Society Library.
* Now available in a later edition
Copyright 2004 Barbara Becker Meehan, CGRS, FTGS. Please do not use without permission.