Who do you think you are? People have always been interested in tracing their roots and building family trees, but with the Internet at our fingertips and the digitalization of so many types of records, this has become more popular and easier to accomplish. Now from the comfort of your own home, you can be an armchair genealogist. Even so, it is a fascinating but complex undertaking, where pieces of the puzzle may stubbornly elude you or take you down the wrong path, or turn up completely unexpected results!
But with so many options, where do you start and how exactly do you go about gathering information? One good place is right here at the library where we have many resources to help you trace your ancestry. Even better, we have gathered all these resources together into one convenient place, our Genealogy LibGuide. This guide is organized by tabs according to various types of resources. The Home page features our library genealogy databases, Ancestry Library Edition and MyHeritage Library Edition. Start with one of these to find all manner of records that may be difficult or impossible to find online, or require expensive subscriptions. Before you dive in though, take a look at some of the genealogy books and eBooks listed in the first two tabs. They will provide many tips and strategies for tracing and organizing your family history, including how to use the online genealogy databases. If you are a more visual person, take a look at one of the genealogy videos listed on the video tabs.
Besides library resources, this LibGuide also gathers together the best of the online genealogy websites, increasingly a vast source of historical records and other types of family information. Listed separately, under its own tab, are Nebraska Genealogy websites. If you find all of this a bit daunting, attend one of the library genealogy workshops, which are offered regularly. You can locate the Genealogy LibGuide and many others under “Find” on the library homepage. For assistance with LibGuides, or any other research help, contact the Library Reference Desk: email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 402-557-7313, or use our 24/7 Librarian chat service.
Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than Books, V. 20 No. 1, Winter 2016.