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Library Genealogy Resources Available From Home

Carlsbad City Library continues to respond to family history and local history inquiries! Genealogy & Carlsbad History staff are happy to provide remote research services, including assistance with using the library’s genealogy databases and lookups in any print resources in our genealogy and local history collections. Please give us a call at 760-434-2931, or send us an email at genealogy@carlsbadca.gov, and we will reply as soon as possible and within one to two business days.

Branching Out Video Series

Introducing a series of short videos created by our library staff to help you expand your genealogy research with online resources.

  • Branching Out: Using wildcards in Ancestry Library Edition. Wildcards are a tool for genealogists to use when searching databases to account for misspellings and spelling variations in the records of our ancestors. In this first episode of Branching Out, you’ll learn how the strategic use of wildcards can reveal hidden genealogy records in Ancestry.com Library Edition!
  • Branching Out: Non-military records in Fold3 Library Edition 
    Fold3 is a well-known source for military records but a sometimes-overlooked source for non-military records. In this episode of Branching Out, you’ll learn how to discover and use the over 280 non-military genealogy records that are available in Fold3 with your Carlsbad City Library card!

Virtual Genealogy Programs

Genealogy programs are presented through a partnership between Carlsbad City Library and the North San Diego County Genealogical Society (NSDCGS). Webinars will open 30 minutes before the start time to allow attendees to join and begin on time. You may pre-register any time before the meeting by visiting the event links below. Please be advised there is a 250-participant limit for the live events. Limited technical support will be available during the webinars; however, if you have any questions before or trouble connecting on the day of the event, please email sarah.dana@carlsbadca.gov. 

Virtual Intermediate Genealogy Class – Tuesday, Jan. 12, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Researching New York State Records
Join Jeanette Shiel for an in-depth look at strategies for locating and accessing genealogy records for New York ancestors.
Register here

Virtual DIG: DNA Interest Group – Saturday, Jan. 16, 1 - 2:30 p.m.
ThruLines and Other AncestryDNA Tools
Crista Cowan, Corporate Genealogist at Ancestry, will provide a detailed tour of the tools available on AncestryDNA to help you make meaningful discoveries!
Register here

Virtual Beginning & Refresher Genealogy Class – Saturday, Jan. 23, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Learn new approaches along with tried-and-tested genealogy research techniques. This is the fourth session of a four-part series and covers Census Records. Attendance at previous sessions is not required.
Register here

Virtual Genealogy Program Meeting – Tuesday, Jan. 26, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
How DNA proved the story of a Holocaust survivor
Forensic genealogy pioneer, Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick, will illustrate how genetic genealogy was used to confirm the life story of Alex Kurzem, the subject of the bestselling biography, The Mascot.
Register here

Virtual DNA Foundations – Wednesday, Jan. 27, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Learn how DNA is used in genealogy research, DNA testing options and how to interpret results. The class covers genetic genealogy basics and provides helpful information based on new developments in the field and audience feedback.
Register here

At-home Genealogy Databases

Interested in learning more about your family's history? Use your Carlsbad City Library card to access seven genealogy databases from home for free:

  • America’s GenealogyBank
  • American Ancestors
  • Ancestry Library Edition
  • Archives Unbound
  • Fold3
  • Heritage Quest
  • Newspapers.com

Visit www.carlsbadca.gov/eresources and select “Genealogy” to get started.