Tips from the Pros: State Genealogical Society Libraries, from Paula Stuart Warren, CG

In addition to wonderful research websites such as Ancestry.com, you are likely aware of state and county historical societies, government archives, courthouses, public and university libraries and other places for research. Your local or state genealogical society likely has a valuable collection of books, periodicals, indexes, vertical files, maps, and manuscripts. Some house their collection at a local library or historical society, but many do have their own library. Collections generally relate to more than just the state in which it is located. Classes, internet access, finding aids, and great volunteers are another boon to visiting these libraries. To find such libraries, try typing “genealogical society library” and a society or place name into your favorite search engine. Among the libraries I found are:

Genealogical Forum of Oregon
www.gfo.org/index.htm
Library is at 1505 SE Gideon, Portland, OR. The library catalog is online.

Minnesota Genealogical Society
mngs.org/
Library is at 1185 Concord St. N., Suite 218, South St. Paul, MN 55075. The library catalog is online.

Ohio Genealogical Society
www.ogs.org/
Library is at 713 South Main St., Mansfield, OH 44907. The library catalog is online.

Southern California Genealogical Society
www.scgsgenealogy.com/
Library is at 417 Irving Drive, Burbank, CA 91504. The library catalog is online.
 

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  1. The Wisconsin Historical Society has a great library, and its catalog is online. Not confined to Wisconsin genealogy, the library is user friendly in person as well. Next to the Allen library in Ft. Wayne, I would rate it tops in most areas of research, as I have found many genealogical citations for PA, MD and many eastern states.

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