World of Genealogy

Online Library Databases

Ancestry Library Edition™ (Access only to users in the Library)
A collection of electronic databases that provides access to over 4,000 individual databases, primary source document images, and a variety of genealogical research features. This information is available through an easy to navigate Web interface, which includes custom designed viewers to make viewing census and other records easier. Ancestry Library Edition is available only to users in the library.

HeritageQuest Online (Library Card Number Required for access from outside of the Library)
Provides users with a unique, growing collection of research materials for tracing family history and American culture. Discover the amazing history of you with an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s.

American Ancestors by New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) (Access to users only at the Lakes Region Library)
The NEHGS has been collecting information about families in America for over 165 years. Their collections are international in scope and contain significant materials for Canada and Europe. Our 25,000 members access information through their library and website. NEHGS is donated by the Citrus County Genealogical Society.


Courthouse Research for Family Historians: Your Guide to Genealogical Treasure
by Christine Rose

If you are doing family research, sooner or later you will need to use courthouse records for the rich information and helpful leads they contain. Answers to your genealogical questions are waiting to be discovered in the vast array of written records that resulted from the laws, the times, and the personal activities of your ancestors. This book prepares you for visiting courthouses in person, or for distant research using published books, microfilm, or the Internet. Locate your ancestor’s records in the maze of documents and learn how to utilize the tantalizing clues you uncover.

Family History 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Finding your Ancestors
by Marcia Yannizze Melnyk

Have you always wanted to find out more about your family and where you came from, but never knew where to begin? Look no further. Family History 101 will teach you proven techniques to help you uncover the names, dates, and stories that lie in your past. Newcomers to genealogy, schoolteachers, and anyone interested in uncovering the fascinating roots of their family tree will appreciate the reliable, step-by-step instruction and dependable approach to the basics provided by Family History 101. Start learning about the past and your family’s place in it today!

The Family Tree Problem Solver: Tried-and True Tactics for Tracing Elusive Ancestors
by Marsha Hoffman Rising

Has your family history research hit a brick wall? Marsha Hoffman Rising’s best-selling book The Family Tree Problem Solver has the solutions to help you find the answers you seek. This revised edition also includes new information about online research techniques and a look at the role of DNA research. Plus you’ll find a glossary of genealogy terms and more than a dozen templates for charts and logs to help you organize and record your research.

Google Your Family Tree: Unlock the Hidden Power of Google Google Your Family Tree: Unlock the Hidden Power of Google
by Daniel M Lynch

Google is the most powerful tool available worldwide for online research! With over 36 billion pages in Google’s index of the Web, it’s likely that some of them contain clues about your ancestors. Finding these pages, however, requires an understanding of filtering and other techniques that have never been explained to many computer users until now! Written by a genealogist for other genealogists, the contents will help you understand and use dozens of specialized commands to dramatically improve your search skills. The great news is that most techniques are easy to master and perfectly suited for finding people, places, and events. A special command even lets you narrow results by date range to filter results more quickly.

How to Do Everything. Genealogy
by George G. Morgan

Unearth your family’s past by mining the global wealth of digital and print ancestry records! Award-winning researcher and genealogy writer George G. Morgan shows you how to start and continue your family history research using traditional records and techniques, as well as the full array of online databases, digitized records, social networks, and other tools. Learn how to organize and create your family tree; find documents about your family; research census documents, military service records, and land and property rolls; plan a successful genealogy research trip; evaluate sources; and other vital skills to help you uncover and illuminate your family’s story.

The Organized Family Historian: How to File, Manage, and Protect Your Genealogical Research and Heirlooms
by Ann Fleming

It can take hours to research family history and it is easy to become inundated with stuff – paper records, recordings, photographs, notes, artifacts, and more information than one would imagine could ever exist. The usefulness of the collection is in the organization – using computers, archival boxes, files, and forms to help you put your hands on what you need when you need it. Also included, in this book, are instructions on the best ways to store and preserve one-of-a-kind family relics. Fifth in the National Genealogical Society’s Guide (NGS) series, The Organized Family Historian will follow the same user-friendly format that makes the other books helpful at any level of genealogical experience. The NGS offers readers 100 years of research and experience.

Organizing & Preserving Your Heirloom Documents
by Katherine Scott Sturdevant

Genealogists and non-genealogists alike inherit diaries, memoirs, letters, papers, or memorabilia from their relatives and ancestors. This book shows readers how to safely collect, preserve, and even publish some of these treasured heirlooms. Organizing and Preserving Your Heirloom Documents is filled with practical, readable, guidelines, useful tips, and ideas on how to: locate, organize, and transcribe family documents; care for fragile, older papers; annotate and illustrate documents; conduct historical research; construct a documentary volume; publish heirloom documents. Katherine Scott Sturdevant is an historian, historical editor, and college history professor.

Reading Early American Handwriting
by Kip Sperry

Paleography, the study of early handwriting, or the rules of reading old handwriting, is an essential element in genealogical and historical research. Paleography also refers to the study of the history of early scripts and the analysis of handwriting and inscriptions; it can be used to date early documents. This guidebook focuses on how to read and understand early American handwriting. Also covered are techniques for reading early American documents, the illustration of alphabets and letter forms, definitions and terminology, interpreting terms and abbreviations, and tips and suggestions for reading early American handwriting. Included are examples of various documents such as town, church, court, land, and probate records. Transcriptions are included for each document. Included in this work is an annotated bibliography of articles and books for further research.

Social Networking for Genealogists Social Networking for Genealogists
by Drew Smith

Author Smith seeks to answer this question: Why should a genealogist use a social networking site? The key points are that social networking sites should make it easier to share research, see a photo of a historical building or relative, or find a useful genealogy video. The book is divided into fourteen chapters that cover blogs and wikis, collaborative editing, photo and video sharing, bookmarking, podcasting, and more. The final chapter discusses sites that are specifically for genealogy. This book is oriented to genealogists who may not have ventured into the realm of social networking.

They Came in Ships: A Guide to Finding Your Immigrant Ancestor’s Arrival Record
by John Philip Colletta

Chances are excellent that your ancestors came to America from somewhere – England, Spain, Germany, China, Africa. Can you imagine how they felt as they left their homes, what they left behind? Do you want to know? Would you know where to even start looking for the details? Author and genealogist John P. Colletta prepares you to undertake the search. He tells you not only what fundamental facts you need to know about your immigrant ancestor before beginning, but suggests where you may find that information as well.

Walking With Your Ancestors: A Genealogist’s Guide to Using Maps and Geography
by Melinda Kashuba

The truth about genealogy is that, although you might believe it has something to do with history, it actually has something more to do with geography. Though of course the names and dates on your family tree are the bread and butter of genealogy, the location of the records is what reveals them. And how better to learn about location than with maps! Maps are a crucial tool in learning about your family history. They can show you how to find a courthouse, where a grave is located, or where an ancestral homestead might be. But maps are much more than that – they can reveal intimate details about the lives of your ancestors. Walk the roads that your forefathers walked with maps!

Your Guide to Cemetery Research
by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack

Your Guide to Cemetery Research is a comprehensive, in-depth resource that’s perfect for genealogists, researchers and historians. It covers everything from cemetery and death-related terminology to clues offered by headstone art, and cemeteries’ role in our culture and history. This guide also examines the funeral customs of various ethnic groups and includes a social history of death that reveals both the usual and unusual ways in which readers’ ancestors coped with and celebrated death.

Internet Websites

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services each year to learn more about their family history.

Rootsweb remains the oldest and largest free genealogy site, funded and supported by and their loyal RootsWeb community.

The WorldGenWeb Project is a non-profit, volunteer based organization dedicated to providing genealogical and historical records and resources for world-wide access!

USGenWeb Project is a group of volunteers working together to provide free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.

The Find A Grave mission is to find, record and present final disposition information from around the world as a virtual cemetery experience.

DAR Genealogical Research System is a free resource provided by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) to aid general genealogical research and to assist with the DAR membership process.

Olive Tree Genealogy has more than 1,900 pages of free genealogy records to help you find your brick-wall ancestors and build your family tree.

Webpages by Stephen P. Morse, San Francisco is a one-step portal for online genealogy.

The Italian Genealogical Group website includes a database of all the surnames and areas of Italy that its members (past and present) are researching. This database, accessible only by a password, is updated frequently.

Genealogy Resources, by State from USA.Gov contains an A to Z list of states’ genealogy resources.

The Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild provides 12,000+ Passenger Manifests in 13 Volumes plus numerous other passengers listed in Special Projects.

101 Best Websites for 2012: Find and Share Family Tree Data Online and bring good fortune to your family history search with their 13th annual collection of the 101 Best Websites for genealogy.