Genealogy is the study of family history. Searching for ones ancestors can
be an exciting and rewarding experience. There is a wealth of information
available to aid in research. Books, maps, periodicals, newsletters, microfilm
as well as the Internet all assist us in conducting genealogical research.
The intention of this web site is to introduce you to the sources available in the
Deschutes Public Library system as well as provide information on the best Internet
resources currently available.
Getting Started with your Research
Everton's Learning Center
Ancestry.com's, Learning Center
GENUKI's, Getting Started in Genealogy and Family
Many resources are available at all branches of the Deschutes Public Library System
to assist you in the subject area of Genealogy. This is applicable to both
the circulating and reference collections. However, depending on the subject
area that you are researching in, this may vary.
Any family tree produces some lemons, some nuts and a few bad apples..........
The following print sources are available in the Deschutes Public System circulating
collection to help you get started with your research.
Good Basic Beginner Books
Searching for Your Ancestors
Doane, Gilbert H.
Nonfiction 929.1 DOANE
This book will guide the researcher through the path needed to discovering their
family history, both here and abroad. It guides the user through the use of
family papers, wills, town and church records, gravestone inscriptions and government
Unpuzzling Your Past: The
Best-Selling Basic Guide to Genealogy
Croom, Emily A.
Nonfiction 929.1 CROOM
Who are you? Where did your parents come from? How many of your eight great-grandparents
can you name?. This book is an excellent how-to handbook for amateur or beginning
The Bare-Bones Guide to Genealogy
McGlone, Mary T.
Nonfiction 929.1072 MCGLONE
This book delivers a clear, concise and complete guide to the goals, methods, tools,
problems, and their solutions, facing the amateur genealogist.
The Everything Family Tree
Nonfiction 929.1 POWELL
In this book the beginning genealogist learns how to research, fill out charts,
collect and preserve family records and much more.
Shaking Your Family Tree: A
Basic Guide to Tracing Your Family's Genealogy
Crandall, Ralph J.
Nonfiction 929.1 CRANDALL
Whether the challenge is to authenticate the scribblings in an old family bible
recently discovered in Grandmas attic or to locate military pension record for a
mysterious and long forgotten ancestor, this book can help provide the answers.
My Family Tree Workbook: Genealogy
Chorzempa, Rosemary A.
Nonfiction 929.1 CHORZEMPA
This book enables beginning genealogists, including young children, to take the
first steps in discovering the origins and growth of their lineage.
Hidden Half of the Family: A
Sourcebook for Women's Genealogy
Schaefer, Christina K.
Nonfiction 929.1082 SCHAEFER
This is an amazing and informative book that shows how women have been written out
of genealogical history; informative however, because it demonstrates how their
identities can be recovered in the research process.
Basic on-line Resource Books
Virtual Roots 2.0: A Guide
to Genealogy and Local History on the World Wide Web
Kemp, Thomas Jay
Nonfiction 929.10285 KEMP
From special collections and historical society holdings to public and research
libraries, this book is packed from cover to cover with genealogical research and
reference assistance source materials.
Finding Your Roots Online
Nonfiction 929.1 HENDRICKSON
You'll learn where and how to find valuable genealogical information, ensure its
reliability, and use it to take your research in surprising new directions. Nancy
Hendrickson's structured, easy-to-follow approach covers the basics of sound genealogical
research then helps you find your way around the Internet, efficiently and effectively.
Plugging Into Your Past:
How to Find Real Family History Records Online
Nonfiction 929.10285 CRUME
This indispensable reference is packed with tips, tricks and strategies for tapping
online genealogy resources. It's the key to finding what you need on the Internet-the
most powerful tool in family history research
Additional Research Aids
Native American Genealogical
Reference 929.1 NATIVE
Italian-American Genealogy: A
DeAngelis, Priscilla G.
Nonfiction 929.1 DEANGELIS
In Search of Your British &
Irish Roots: A Complete Guide
Nonfiction 929.1 BAXTER
In Search of Your European
Nonfiction 929.1 BAXTER
In Search of Your German Roots
Nonfiction 929.1 BAXTER
Irish and Scotch-Irish Ancestral
Reference 929.3 FALLEY\)
Combine Internet sites as well a print sources when beginning and continuing your
genealogical research. The following sites attempt to provide access to some
of the genealogy information and resources currently available on the Internet.
A variety of these pathfinders or megasites have been included because no one site
is all-inclusive and the format of one site might appeal more to one user than another.
Includes a link for Genealogy lessons which provides tips to help sharpen your research
Contains researching help for maiden names, how to find immigration and passenger
arrival records, genealogy vocabulary (and old occupations). Also includes
information on how to care for old documents and publishing.
US GenWeb Project
The USGenWeb project consists of a large group of volunteers working together to
provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state
in the United States. Some sites that are available include tombstone and
census research information.
Great site for chat rooms, message boards, regional queries and surnames searches.
This site provides many different types of resources for the user. It is the oldest
and largest free genealogy site on the web and includes more than 760,000 surname
entries. From surname searching to Social Security Death Index. Many
new resources and programs are being constantly added.
LDS Family History Library
A great site for searching through the millions of patron submitted family group,
pedigree and ancestral information available through the Family History Library.
Also includes a link to their microfilm and book holdings.
Cyndi's list of Genealogy sites on the Internet
One of the most comprehensive lists of genealogy websites including thousands of
links arranged alphabetically by category. Updated regularly. Includes
categories for all fifty states, Canadian provinces, foreign locals, various ethnic
and religious groups, personal home pages, and for special topics of interest such
as adoption and heraldry.
GenDoor - The Genealogical Search Engine
GenDoor is the first complete search engine devoted to Genealogy. To enter
a query just type a few words and press the enter key for your list of relevant
results. GenDoor returns only those pages that include all of your search
.....Share your knowledge, its a way to achieve immortality.
Easy to use informative sites that offer a broad range of possible search options.
Family Tree Magazine
Local History and Genealogy Reading Room,
Library of Congress
If you are doing research in the state of Oregon before 1900, check out these
sites for help with your research.
Genealogical Forum of Oregon, Inc.
The Forum is an all volunteer non-profit organization founded in 1946.
It maintains the largest genealogical collection between San Francisco and Seattle.
Use of the library is free to members, non-members are also welcome and are
charged a $4.00 daily visit fee.
Oregon State Archives
This site provides search heading such as, Oregon Historical County Records
Guide, Search Genealogical Information Locator, Search Portland Birth Index, and
Provisional and Territorial Records Guide. There are also many other Genealogy
Help Aids listed. New records are added periodically to their indexes.
Bend Genealogical Society, Inc.
PO Box 8254
Bend, OR 97708-8254
Library open Tuesdays and Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
La Pine Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 1081
La Pine, OR 97739
Harley Van Netta, President
Deschutes County Historical Society
129 NW Idaho Ave
Bend, OR 97701
Bowman Museum and Historical Society of Crook
246 N. Main Street
Prineville, OR 97754
Bend Chapter of the Daughters
of the American Revolution (DAR)
Dorothy Burgess, Regent
Family History Library - Bend Stake
1260 NE Thompson Dr
Bend, OR 97701
Family History Library - Prineville Stake
SE 2nd Street
Prineville, OR 97754
Family History Library - Redmond Stake
450 SW Rimrock Way
Redmond, OR 97756
Juniper Branch of Family Finders, Inc.
PO Box 652
21 SE D Street
Madras, OR 97741
Microfilm and microfiche viewers
* Bend - 2 microfilm/fiche readers with printers
* Redmond - 1 microfilm/microfiche reader with printer
Newspapers on microfilm
*Redmond Spokesman 1910-
*Bend Bulletin 1903-
Oregon census microfilm
Interlibrary Loan Service is available at all branches. We will assist you
items you may wish to borrow from other libraries and providing you with books,
microfilm or copies from documents.
Stop by your local library reference desk for additional assistance or send your
question electronically using our Ask a Librarian
Genealogy is like playing hide and seek....they hide, I seek!
GUIDE TO THE COLLECTION
There are more materials available at separate branches. Please check the
if you are searching for a specific book.
Most materials are located in the Reference areas of Bend, Redmond and La Pine branches.
Try the following subject headings alone or combined with a country, state, county,
or city name.