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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.

Virtual Intermediate Genealogy Class – Tuesday, Aug. 11, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
New Netherland research: A checklist approach
Mary Van Orsdol, who traces her paternal line back to Amersfort, one of the five Dutch towns on Long Island, will first discuss New Netherland social and political history and naming customs and then will delve into the New Netherland documents that all genealogists will need to research their families. Even if you do not have New Netherland roots, understanding the checklist approach will enhance your research efforts especially in any colonial America setting. Register here

Virtual DIG: DNA Interest Group – Saturday, Aug. 15, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Unraveling the Twisted Case of Angie Dodge presented by CeCe Moore
In the 24 years since Angie Dodge was raped and murdered, the case has gone through numerous twists and turns, but her family never stopped searching for justice. DNA had been collected from the crime scene in 1996, but it did not match the man convicted of the crime. CeCe Moore, The Genetic Detective, will Investigative genetic genealogy was undertaken in 2018 and identified the true killer. Register here

Virtual Genealogy Program Meeting – Tuesday, Aug. 25, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
The Multi-Faceted Family Tree Maker 2019
Family Tree Maker is one of today’s most popular genealogy software programs! Family Tree Maker has evolved over the last 35 years into a robust genealogical tool for both PC and Mac users. Learn how Family Tree Maker can help you keep track of your genealogy research and create reports, charts, and books featuring your finds! Register here

At-home Genealogy Databases

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

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

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