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Genealogy Resources

Getting Started Library Services
Guide to the Collection Local Societies
Informative Sites Pathfinders & Megasites

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

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GENUKI's, Getting Started in Genealogy and Family History

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..........

Library Sources

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 resources.

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 genealogists.

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 Book
Powell, Kimberly
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 for Beginners
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
Hendrickson, Nancy.
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
Crume, Rick
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 Sourcebook
Reference 929.1 NATIVE

Italian-American Genealogy: A Source Book
DeAngelis, Priscilla G.
Nonfiction 929.1 DEANGELIS

In Search of Your British & Irish Roots: A Complete Guide

Baxter, Angus
Nonfiction 929.1 BAXTER

In Search of Your European Roots
Baxter, Angus
Nonfiction 929.1 BAXTER

In Search of Your German Roots
Baxter, Angus
Nonfiction 929.1 BAXTER

Irish and Scotch-Irish Ancestral Research (2 volumes)
Falley, Margaret
Reference 929.3 FALLEY\)

Pathfinders and Megasites

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 skills.

GenWeb Site
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 terms.

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Informative Sites

Easy to use informative sites that offer a broad range of possible search options.

Family Tree Magazine

Virtual Reference Genealogy

Genealogy Today

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.

Local Genealogical and Historical Societies

Bend Genealogical Society, Inc.
PO Box 8254
Bend, OR  97708-8254
(541) 317-9553
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
(541) 536-2652

Deschutes County Historical Society
129 NW Idaho Ave
Bend, OR  97701
(541) 389-1813

Bowman Museum and Historical Society of Crook County
246 N. Main Street
Prineville, OR 97754
(541) 447-3715

Bend Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)
Dorothy Burgess, Regent
(541) 475-6918

Family History Library - Bend Stake
1260 NE Thompson Dr
Bend, OR  97701
(541) 382-9947

Family History Library - Prineville Stake
SE 2nd Street
Prineville, OR  97754
(541) 447-1488

Family History Library - Redmond Stake
450 SW Rimrock Way
Redmond, OR 97756
(541) 548-3684

Juniper Branch of Family Finders, Inc.
PO Box 652
21 SE D Street
Madras, OR  97741
(541) 475-9745

Genealogy and Family History Library Services

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
     *Bend 1850-1930
     *Redmond 1850-1870

Interlibrary Loan Service is available at all branches.  We will assist you by locating
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 service.  

Genealogy is like playing hide and seek....they hide, I seek!


There are more materials available at separate branches.  Please check the library catalog 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.

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Last modified on Friday, October 23, 2009