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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 librarian@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


 The Library had online subscriptions to:

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




The North San Diego County Genealogical Society Sponsors these programs:

  • Business meeting/sharing: second Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the Cole Library Community Room
  • Program/lecture: fourth Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. in Carlsbad City Council Chambers
  • Computer genealogy: second Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. in Carlsbad City Council Chambers
  • Beginning genealogy classes: occasional Saturday and Monday evenings. Please ask at the Genealogy Desk for schedules and to sign up.