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at the library using online archives, free consultations with a genealogist, and our extensive collection of books and historical documents.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.
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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