San Diego California FamilySearch Library/Research Helps

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Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The San Diego Family History Center has consultants that specialize in various areas such as Italian, Prussian, Scandinavian, British Isles, African-American, Hispanic, Military, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Records just to name a few. Each of these consultants are genealogical experts and are available for class instruction at the Center or “one on one” assistance

Click on for a current listing of links to global research areas.

Click on and type in your request for any of the following research resources:
Land & Probate:
The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints Records
Revolutionary War, Civil War, Pre-20th Century Wars
Native American/Hawaiian/African-American/ Hawaiian
Scandinavian: Denmark / Norway / Sweden & Finland / Scandinavia / Books at San Diego FHC / Other Tools

From the Internet
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Family Tree Charts - Other types of pedigree charts or

Online Public Libraries[edit | edit source]

These libraries have free online resources open to the public:
(When using an online library, you may find research request details. Read procedures and the fees if any, will be spelled out in that document)
Allen County Public Library (Fort Wayne, Indiana, burial records, naturalizations & poor asylum reg)

Boston Public Library (Index of obituaries in Boston newspapers, 1953-2010)
Brooklyn Public Library (View historic photos and digital images [Brooklyn Daily Eagle] 1841-1902)

Cleveland Public Library (View death & cemetery records from 1800s to 1975)
Houston Public Library (Index of funeral home and death records for early to mid-20th century)
La Crosse Public Library (indexes of cemeteries, obituaries, births, marriages and divorces)
New York Public Library (Images of historic photographs and many historic collections)
St. Louis Public Library (Obituary index from St. Louis Post Dispatch 1880-1925 & 1942-1945)
A helpful site for tracking down libraries is lib-web-cats.

Paperless Organization Tips and Tools[edit | edit source]

A method for storing information on your computer, your removable storage device or a family website'. In all three storage methods you must always have a backup. The backup should be done weekly, monthly or maybe another time period depending on how often you are accessing and updating it.
There are many ways to store your information. Please see examples below:

Computer Hard Drive:
This method may be used if you do not have a need for portability.

Flash Drive or Removeable Storage Device:
This method may be used if you have a need for portability.

Combination of Computer Hard Drive and Flash Drive:
This is a best practice for backing up your family history data. Work from the Computer Hard Drive and back up your files to the Flash Drive or vice-versa.

See attached pdf file named: My Ancestors for options on creating folders and suggestions for what should be in the folders.

Finally, the most important thing to remember is that you need to find what you have stored. The options listed are just that, thoughts and ideas about how to organize your family history files. You may choose to use one of those listed, a mix of these or even another method all together. Family History File Storage should be organized in a way that works for you.

See Example:
Online Training

Research Tracks for Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Family History enthusiasts is found on the FamilySearch WIKI. Please visit this page if you need training on how to get started tracing your family in other countries, vital records, military and much more.

The San Diego Family History Center provides resources online as well. These are referred to in the "Getting Started" section of this WIKI.

Online Tutorials / Webinars that are free from:
Ancestral Quest - There are 15 twelve minute segments for a total of 1.5 hours.
Roots Magic - Online classes on how to use the program. Each class is 40-90 minutes long.
Legacy - Video Training or Webinars on using Legacy and how-tos for researching specific countrys, ethnic groups and more..