In 2001, Congress declared October as National Family History Month in the United States. It is a time to remember our roots and celebrate our family’s unique stories and history. If you’re an amateur genealogist looking to research your family tree, we’re here to help! Utilize our many resources to help you in your search to discover your family’s history.

eResources

Access our many genealogical eResources free of charge with your library card.

African American Heritage
Connect to a community of research experts, and access a comprehensive mix of records, resources and tools exclusively devoted to African American family history research.

Ancestry.com
Discover your family’s history using this collection containing more than 4,000 databases and 1.5 billion names cover the U.S. and U.K. Please note: This resource is free to use when inside the library.

FamilySearch
Discover the largest genealogy organization in the world featuring records, resources and services to help you learn more about your family history.

Fold3
Access a vast selection of genealogical and historical resources, including military service records, city directories, newspapers, vital records and much more.

MyHeritage
Search billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos and other resources in thousands of databases that span the past five centuries.

Events

Genealogy Club: Searching for French Canadians
Wednesday, October 10, 7 p.m.
If you have any French Canadian ancestors, you are in luck! Learn the techniques that will help you uncover vast swaths of your pedigree in the space of a single weekend. No registration required; drop in.

Irish Genealogy Workshop
Saturday, October 13, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Back by popular demand! In partnership with Plainfield Public Library, we are hosting a full day Irish Genealogy Workshop with the Ulster Historical Foundation. Can’t make it in person? Watch our live stream on YouTube.

Genealogy Club: Lineage Societies: What are they & how do I join?
Wednesday, November 14, 7 p.m.
Joining a lineage society isn’t about bragging rights. Kimberly Nagy will show how you can improve your research, preserve cultural treasures and honor your ancestors by joining a lineage society. No registration required; drop in.

Genealogy Blog

Check out our genealogy blog filled with tips, tricks, handouts and webinars filled with information to help guide your genealogical research.