Military records can offer a fuller picture of an ancestor’s life. As largely government-produced records, they are also easily accessible if you know where to look.
Using Directories for Genealogy Research
There are several different kinds of directories that can be useful for family history research. They can contain information about where an ancestor lived, what they did for a living, who they lived with, and more. Here is an overview of some directories that you can use for family history research.
Researching Your Adopted Ancestors
Adoption has existed in one form or another for much of human history. Whether formal or informal, it can play a significant role in shaping your family tree. This post provides an overview of the history of adoption in the United States and some resources you can use to research adopted ancestors.
Researching Your Female Ancestors
Researching your female ancestors can be difficult. Women can be hard to track because of the standard practice of changing their surnames after marriage. Many historical records also focus on men, with women listed only under their husbands’ names. Here is some guidance for researching female ancestors, including information about sources at the BPL and beyond that you may not have thought to check.
Researching Your African American Ancestors
Resources including books, records, and research guides to help you in researching your African American ancestors at the BPL and beyond.
DNA and Genetic Genealogy
DNA has been a popular topic of discussion in recent times due to advances in DNA testing technology. This allows for the usage of tests in genealogy research, or genetic genealogy.
Researching Your French Heritage
The French were the first to settle in much of Canada and parts of Maine. If your ancestors came from any of these French groups, we have resources to help you.
Researching Your Irish Ancestry
If you have Irish ancestry and you’re researching your family, the BPL has many books and online resources to help you in your search.
Using Newspaper Databases for Family History Research
Historical newspapers contain a wealth of information useful for family history research. Learn how you can access them with your BPL card.
Finding Legal Help When You’re Stuck at Home
Your BPL card gives you access to some useful resources to help you draft some of your legal documents on your own. Learn more here.
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