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Genealogy

The genealogy collection is one of the largest in Southern California and has a strong emphasis on the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries in the United States. Search the collection through the Carlsbad City Library catalog and view user guides. Call 760-434-2931 or email genealogy@carlsbadca.gov with questions.

The collection includes:

  • Printed books and journals, microfilm, microfiche and CDs
  • United States city directories through 1881 on microfiche and microfilm
  • County histories in print and on microfiche
  • County atlases in print
  • State census on microfilm

Library subscriptions:

Access NewspaperArchive (available in the Library only) Newspaper pages from around the world, dating from 1759. Access Newspaper
American Ancestors (available in the Library only) Search more than 110 million names from the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). American Ancestors
Ancestry Library Edition (available in the Library only) Images of the U.S. Census from 1790 to 1940, the American Genealogical and Biographical Index, passenger lists and more. Ancestry
Fold3 Documents on the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, U.S. presidents, historical newspapers and naturalization documents. Fold3
Heritage Quest Images of the U.S. Census from 1790 through 1940, more than 25,000 genealogies, local histories, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Applications and PERSI.

Heritage Quest

Free Sites
Government Sites
Libraries
eBooks

Genealogy Programs:

Please view the Events calendar for dates.

  • Focus On: Small group sessions on genealogy resources and research strategies. First and third Tuesdays monthly; 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Carlsbad City Library 1250 Carlsbad Village Dr. Please call 760-434-2931 for registration, seating is limited.
  • North San Diego County Genealogical Society (NSDCGS) Beginning/Refresher Genealogy class. Dates vary; 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Please call 760-434-2931 for location information and sign up.
  • NSDCGS Computer Genealogy Group: Second Tuesday monthly. Coffee at 9 a.m., sharing and case studies at 9:30 a.m., program at 10:15 a.m. in Carlsbad City Council Chamber, 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive.
  • NSDCGS Program: Fourth Tuesday monthly. Coffee at 9 a.m., sharing and case studies at 9:30 a.m., program at 10:15 a.m. in Carlsbad City Council Chamber, 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive.
  • NSDCGS Legacy Users Group: Second Friday monthly; 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 1250 Carlsbad Village Dr.
  • NSDCGS DNA Interest Group: Third Thursday monthly; 6:30 p.m. 1250 Carlsbad Village Dr.