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The library has lots of materials to help you discover the history of you -- start here and learn how deep your roots and how broad your branches are...  Then, check out the history of your ancestors' eras to add context to their experiences and lives. 

The Library is partnering with the Longmont Genealogy Society to offer monthly workshops to genealogy searchers.

Genealogy Basics with the Longmont Genealogy Society

  • Every Fourth Saturday of the month, 10 am to 12 pm
  • Volunteers from the Longmont Genealogical Society offer their time, knowledge, and assistance to the public one Saturday each month.  Participants are guided on how to search for their ancestors and use the various resources available both in and out of the library. 
  • Two internet computers are reserved for participant access to online resources such as Ancestry.com.
  • Bring any information you have -- name(s), a date of birth or death, a place, etc. and see what you can discover!
  • Registration is not required.

Getting Started and Getting Organized

 Material/Source  Description
Your Family Tree on About.com
7 subcategories and 7 articles.  See "10 Steps to Begin Tracing Your Family Tree" for helpful, step-by-step instructions.
Family Search Wiki
Tips for beginners, research guidelines, and help organizing your findings.  Follow the five steps in the Research Process cycle to manage your search effectively.
Family Tree Magazine
Free charts, forms, and worksheets to help organize your search and keep track of what you have discovered.
National Archives
Blank census, immigration, and military forms, plus other charts to record your findings.
Genealogy Brochure
Informational brochure prepared by our librarians, outlining many of the resources available for researching your family tree
Researching Your Family History Brochure
Information brochure prepared by our librarians, outlining many of the local resources available concerning family histories.

Getting Help Locally and Learning More

 Material/SOURCE  Description

Ancestry.com for Libraries

Use the Ancestry.com database in the library.

  • Available for free in the library, only with your library card
  • This is the same database that you can access for a fee, but we provide it for free in your library!
  • Search military records, census data, photographs, and a host of other information at your fingertips.

HeritageQuest

 

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  • Search genealogy and heritage information from anywhere, only with your library card.
  • Access digital images of family and local history books, Revolutionary War Pension Files, Freedman’s Bank records, and U.S. Federal Census records.
  • Plus, search PERSI, the largest and best subject index of genealogy and family history articles.
 Genealogy Webinars on CDs
  • 45 webinars covering a wide range of topics related to genealogical research presented by well-respected genealogists.
  • Can be borrowed and viewed on a computer (PC or Mac) equipped with a CD drive.
  • This collection was a generous gift from the Longmont Genealogical Society.
  • See a full list here.
Book a Librarian Specialist!
  • Free, one-on-one help from a Longmont librarian who specializes in genealogy.  
Longmont Family History Center
  • Access to a huge collection of genealogical records, free use of premium genealogy databases on computers at the Center, and research assistance from volunteer staff.
Longmont Genealogical Society
  • Informative monthly programs and advice from other genealogists.
  • Afternoon meetings held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.
Boulder Genealogical Society
  • Evening meetings on the 1st Tuesday of the month, with a brief educational session followed by the main speaker's program.
  • Find information about Boulder families and local history on their website, as well.
Larimer County Genealogical Society
  • Evening meetings held on the 3rd Thursday of the month. 
  • Most programs are recorded and viewable online for members for up to a week after the meeting.

Digging Deeper into Records

Click or tap here to dig deeper into your family history with our in-depth tools.Are you ready to go deeper into your search? Visit our Digging Deeper page to access everything from birth records to census data to newspaper archives to maps.  Looking for information on ethnic heritage and immigration?  We've got that, too!

Need More Help?

We've got that!  Book a Librarian to have a one-on-one appointment with our librarian who specializes in genealogy.  Whether you're stumped about getting started or have hit a roadblock in your search, let us try to help you. If you don't have an email address, make your appointment by phone by calling (303) 774-4439 and leaving a message.


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