Genealogy at the library
Trace your family tree at the library using online archives, free consultations with a genealogist, and our extensive collection of books and historical documents.
Ready to discover your family tree, but don’t have a library card? Apply
for yours and get started today.
Available databases and archives
Book a Genealogist
Receive free, one-on-one help with a genealogist at the Central Library
. Call (916) 264-2920 to book your 45-minute genealogy session.
Start your ancestry search online from the comfort of your own home with digital collections of U.S. census data, bank records, Revolutionary War records and more.
Research genealogy using the New England Historic Genealogical Society’s collection of civic and church records, newspapers, military and court records, tax and voter lists, diaries, published genealogies and more. (Accessible at Central Library. Stop by the desk for access.)
Discover your unique family history with billions of free records from around the world, including census and vital records, immigration and passport records, plus periodicals, books and photos. You can also send documents home from the library for your own records. (Visit any of our 28 locations for free access to Ancestry Library Edition)
Access extensive local archives at the Central Library with the Sacramento Room’s comprehensive collection of books, periodicals, maps, ephemera, postcards and photographs, as well as online access to many digital archives of local history.
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Programs and events
Lectures are offered once a month on select Sundays at our Central Library. The lectures are offered by speakers who are family history experts. These programs are free and are open to all members of the public. For more information, visit our events calendar
or call the library at 916-264-2920. You can view previous lectures on our genealogy YouTube playlist
About the genealogy collection
The genealogy collection is a select group of reference books, periodicals, and other materials that support genealogists working on their family history research. The collection is located at our Central Library
The majority of the more than 4,000 items in the collection were donated to the library by the Genealogical Association of Sacramento in 2016. Materials in the collection are not available for check out, are available to be used free of charge by all members of the public during open hours, and are used at the Central Library only.
All Sacramento Public Library branches
offer genealogy books that can be checked out as part of their collections.