Genealogy is one of the most popular hobbies in the United States and genealogical sites are the second most popular destination on the internet. Worthington Libraries provide materials in all forms to help the family researcher produce a history that is complete and of high quality.
Genealogy projects can seem overwhelming, but getting off to the right start saves time and effort. Computer programs have aided immensely in recording-keeping, even for the beginner. Many basic books on genealogy can be found in the reference or circulating book section with the number 929. If you're a real beginner, these titles will give you some guidance on how to start:
Once you have some idea of research techniques, some recommended titles for research are:
America's melting pot has brought together people from all over the world. Genealogical records vary from country to country. Titles that provide specific aid include:
Once you have found the geographical location of the information you are looking for, try consulting WorldVitalRecords to determine where and how to get specific records.
Central Ohio has many unique genealogical resource centers. Old Worthington Library has the Worthington Room, which contains specialized material for searching local genealogy and archives. These resources may be in book form or microfilm. A brief selection follows:
Microfilm sources include:
It is always a good idea to use caution while searching the internet. Information is only as good as its source. Determining credibility for genealogical sources is especially tricky, since there are no authoritative central agencies. Much of the information, even in published family histories, may be misleading family legends rather than fact. Use your critical intelligence when looking at genealogical information on the internet.
Genealogy is one of the leading subjects on the internet. Web sources make it easy to find and share information. Much of the information a genealogist needs is NOT on the internet, but valuable resources can be found there. Some popular sites are:
Many genealogical records are available only in paper or microfilm at a specific site. Some local collections of interest are:
Columbus Metropolitan Library
96 S. Grant Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43215
The genealogy collection housed on the third floor in the Genealogy, History and Travel Division of the Columbus Metropolitan Library is one of the largest collections of genealogical resources in the United States. It includes abstracted records from Ohio's county genealogical societies. Note! During Main Library's 2015-16 renovation, Local History & Genealogy services are available at a temporary location in the former Whitehall Branch (4371 E. Broad Street).
Delaware County Historical Society
P. O. Box 317
Delaware, Ohio 43015
Delaware County Genealogical Society
Delaware County District Library
84 East Winter St.
Delaware, Ohio 43015
Franklin County Genealogical & Historical Society
3378 Park Street, Suite D
Grove City, OH 43123
Ohio History Connection
800 E. 17th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43211
The Ohio History Connection houses a wealth of resources valuable to the genealogical researcher, including city directories, muster rolls, letters, death records, land records, military records and county and state records. For those beginning their research, the Ohio History Connection also offers genealogical workshops, in cooperation with the Columbus Metropolitan Library and the Franklin County Genealogical and Historical Society.
Not sure where to begin your quest for genetic genealogy information? Start with these online resources specifically geared toward those new to the field of genetic DNA research.
The first step in determining your genetic ancestry is to get tested. A variety of testing companies exist offering different types of tests and price ranges. Do your research and select a test that closely matches your goals and finances. Remember, as with most purchases, that you get what you pay for. Here are a few options to explore.
Once you have tested your mt-DNA or Y-DNA you can enter your DNA into one of the many DNA databases available. This will allow you to see if and how closely you match with anyone. Here are some databases to start with.
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The resources listed in these guides are good places to begin your research, but they represent only some of the materials available at the Library. If you wish to explore these topics further or if you have any questions, please Ask Us!