New to researching your family’s history? The Daniel Boone Regional Library is a great place to start, especially if you would like some in-person guidance. If you pick up one of our current program guides, check the index for our genealogy classes, or check the schedule online. You’ll find current programs and drop-in help sessions to make your family tree grow! Besides programs, we have two online databases we’ve previously recommended on this blog – Heritage Quest and Ancestry Library Edition. And we have a reference collection containing all kinds of local history as well as genealogy how-to books.
If your ancestors were local to this area, we have lots of great books of interest, from county and city histories and maps to extractions of marriage records and cemetery records. We also have a complete run of the Columbia Daily Tribune on microfilm at our Columbia location that you can access to get an obituary, marriage announcement or even a family reunion article.
In our circulating collection we have several how-to books you can check out and take home. Two of my favorite genealogy handbooks are: “The Source” and “The Handybook for Genealogists.” “The Source” provides excellent information about the types of records that you will find in your genealogical research of your American ancestry. Besides showing examples of these documents, the back of the book is loaded with names of libraries, archives and repositories that hold all kinds of records you might use to document the lives of your ancestors! “The Handybook for Genealogists” is a great guide that will help you learn about the various counties, their boundaries and when their records begin and how to access them. A whole section on maps – including migration patterns, trails and boundary lines – is also a part of this great reference book.
If you like to do your research online, or if you need to find documents and records from other states, see our genealogy subject guide – it has links to beginners’ guides, sources for vital records, cemetery records, immigration records and more.
So whether you want to come browse our reference collection and check out some how-to books or learn about online resources, we’ve got you covered! Who knows, maybe you will find the hero in your family tree!