Tips from the Pros: University Databases, from Paula Stuart Warren, CG

To learn about databases, indexes, article abstracts, occupation directories, ethnic databases, and other electronic items that might aid in your search or add background to your family history, check the database holdings of college and university libraries. That institution may allow on-site access to non-alumni community members. If you are an alumnus, you are more likely to be able to also gain home computer access to some databases. Access is also governed by the owner of the database, and the subscribing institution must abide by contractual usage limits. While on university websites, browse the Special Collections and Archives sections for a look at the superb holdings in these areas.
Here’s a sampling of university library websites:

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2 thoughts on “Tips from the Pros: University Databases, from Paula Stuart Warren, CG

  1. That would be nice, except my alma mater’s library databases seem only to be available to current students, asking for current student ID before anyone can access them.

  2. I was able to get copies of college transcripts from Oregon State Univ. for my parents(1940s) and grandparents (1914+)by simply requesting the records in a letter, telling them I am the family historian, and enclosing a SASE. I also enclosed my e-mail address, rec’d a note telling me it might take some time for them to be found, to which I said “Thank you so much, and there’s no hurry!” What fun to read the transcripts!

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