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Library Genealogy Resources Available From Home

Carlsbad City Library continues to respond to family history and local history inquiries! Genealogy & Carlsbad History staff are happy to provide remote research services, including assistance with using the library’s genealogy databases and lookups in any print resources in our genealogy and local history collections. Please give us a call at 760-434-2931, or send us an email at genealogy@carlsbadca.gov, and we will reply as soon as possible and within one to two business days.

Branching Out Video Series

Introducing a series of short videos created by our library staff to help you expand your genealogy research with online resources.

  • Branching Out: Using wildcards in Ancestry Library Edition. Wildcards are a tool for genealogists to use when searching databases to account for misspellings and spelling variations in the records of our ancestors. In this first episode of Branching Out, you’ll learn how the strategic use of wildcards can reveal hidden genealogy records in Ancestry.com Library Edition!
  • Branching Out: Non-military records in Fold3 Library Edition 
    Fold3 is a well-known source for military records but a sometimes-overlooked source for non-military records. In this episode of Branching Out, you’ll learn how to discover and use the over 280 non-military genealogy records that are available in Fold3 with your Carlsbad City Library card!

Virtual Genealogy Programs

Genealogy programs are presented through a partnership between Carlsbad City Library and the North San Diego County Genealogical Society (NSDCGS). Webinars will open 30 minutes before the start time to allow attendees to join and begin on time. You may pre-register any time before the meeting by visiting the event links below. Please be advised there is a 250-participant limit for the live events. Limited technical support will be available during the webinars; however, if you have any questions before or trouble connecting on the day of the event, please email sarah.dana@carlsbadca.gov.

Intermediate Genealogy Class: When All Else Fails
Tuesday, July 14, 10-11:30 a.m.
“When all else fails, give up and go to the library.” Sage advice from Stephen King, and advice followed by NSDCGS President Tom Cousineau, in his presentation on the sometimes-overlooked genealogy resources available at the library. His talk will focus primarily on City Directories, but will also cover a few other obscure areas, such as Tax Records and School Records. Register here

DNA Interest Group for Genetic Genealogy (DIG): Introduction to DNA Painter
Saturday, July 18, 1-2:30 p.m.
DNA Painter is a website for visually interpreting DNA matches. Sara Cochran, member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, will provide an overview of DNA Painter and illustrate how genealogists can use this online tool to understand their genetic family history in a new way. Register here

Genealogy Program: Resources on American Ancestors
Tuesday, July 28, 10-11:30 a.m.
American Ancestors, with more than 1.4 billion searchable records, is one of the most widely-used genealogy databases in the world! Christine Cohen, member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, will highlight some of the hundreds of unique searchable collections in American Ancestors, including records from the United States, British Isles and Europe. American Ancestors is the database of the New England Historical and Genealogical Society (NEHGS) and is available at the Carlsbad City Library. Register here

At-home Genealogy Databases

Interested in learning more about your family's history? Use your Carlsbad City Library card to access six genealogy databases from home for free:

  • America’s GenealogyBank
  • Ancestry Library Edition
  • Archives Unbound
  • Fold3
  • Heritage Quest
  • Newspapers.com

Visit www.carlsbadca.gov/eresources and select “Genealogy” to get started.

June 25, 2020