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The following links have been selected and vetted by our librarians for quality, currency and relevance. However, by clicking on any of the links listed on this page you will be REDIRECTED to those web sites which are independent from the City of Palm Springs.

Genealogy Research Tools


Ancestry.com Heritage Quest

Ancestry.com Library Edition

Ancestry.com Library Edition delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and over 7,500 databases of historical records. Notable collections include:

  • Civil War collections
  • New Irish record collections
  • Slave owner petitions 

Heritage Quest

Heritage Quest allows you to search for ancestors in US Census images from 1790 - 1940, including name indexes for various years. You may also search books, PERSI (indexing genealogy & local history articles), Revolutionary War records, Freedman's Bank (founded to serve African Americans), and more! 

WorldCat

WorldCat

WorldCat offers a wide variety of resources related to Genealogy.  WorldCat has nearly 2 billion library holdings in thousands of libraries around the world.  In addition to being able to search the online holdings of member libraries, with WorldCat one can also find:

  • Historic Newspapers and photographs (including digitized ones) Archival Picture 1
  • Church histories and records
  • Cemetery records
  • Military records
  • Town histories
  • Genealogical resources such as directories, handbooks and magazines
  • Slave records and slavery and anti slavery materials
  • Oral histories, family histories, papers and family bibles
  • Diaries and journals
  • Archival manuscripts
  • Indexes to births, marriages, deaths, wills obituaries and burial records
  • Microfilmed genealogy and local history collections

Search Tips For WorldCat:

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  • Use an advanced search to be able to search for specific organizations, people and geographic locations
  • Be specific and search for terms like "Marsh family Papers" and "Marsh family Bible"
  • Ask a Reference Librarian at the Palm Springs Library for help; our Reference Librarians know the ins and outs of WorldCat (as well as knowledge of other resources)


 Additional Genealogical Resources

California Death Index
Source: The California Department of Health Services Office of Health Information and Research vital Statistics Section. 9,366,786 records from 1940 through 1997.

California Genealogy from US GenWeb
As a member of the USGenWeb Project, CAGenWeb's mission is to provide a single entry point for all counties and towns within the state of California, where collected data will be stored.

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
242,700 categorized & cross-referenced links. More than 150 categories.

Daughters of the American Revolution Genealogy Library
As one of the largest genealogical centers in the United States, the DAR Library is an essential destination when researching your family history.

The Statue Liberty & Ellis Island Foundation
Search Passenger and Immigration Records.

Family Search from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
FamilySearch.org is a non-profit service sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Church has been actively gathering and preserving genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years.

Find A Grave
See the graves of thousands of famous people from around the world. Find the graves of ancestors, create virtual memorials, add 'virtual flowers' and a note to a loved one's grave, etc.

JewishGen
The Home of Jewish Genealogy.

National Archive Genealogy Page
The National Archives offers insight into the lives of people, their families and our history. Because the records at the National Archives come from every branch of the Federal government, almost all Americans can find themselves, their ancestors, or their community in the archives. Knowing how a person interacted with the government is key to a successful search.

Sutro
CA State Genealogy Library - search their Main Catalog.