Handbooks & How-tos
These are many step-by-step guides to doing genealogy and various aspects of genealogy, such as interviewing relatives and preserving your family photographs.
Special Collections Division Resources
Our holdings include general manuals, bibliographies, guides, etc., for various age groups, types of records, states, and counties as well as ethnic group-specific resources.
To search for genealogy handbooks and how-tos in the library catalog:
Online Guides, How-tos, & Resources
- Cyndis List How-to
A free genealogy portal providing organized links just about anything and everything genealogical. You may sign up for email updates that alert you when new sites are added. Includes guides and tutorials for beginners.
- Library of Congress Guides to Genealogical Research
Compiled for the beginning genealogist, this selected list of references includes introductory books about doing genealogical research and compiling a family history in the United States. They discuss original, printed, and microfilmed sources, both primary and secondary, that are essential for conducting that type of research. They also cover useful search strategies.
- Jewish Genealogy
Info about getting started as well as links to a variety of record types.
Guide to tracing slave ancestors.
- Internet Public Library Genealogy Pathfinder
Guide to doing research in both print and online resources.
Free Genealogy Charts & Forms
Free family tree forms, family group sheets, descendent charts. List links to sites that offer different types/styles of forms.