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Genealogy Resources at the Library


The General Collections & Humanities Center's Genealogy Collection

The General Collections and Humanities Center on the 3rd floor of the Main Library maintains a thorough circulating and library-use-only print collection of materials that can aid the amateur genealogist. Genealogy handbooks can be found primarily in two places in the General Collections & Humanities Center: in the Dewey areas 025.0692 and 929.1. These are books on how to do genealogic research, organizing your results, researching different populations, and using online resources. The department also has titles like Burke’s Peerage, for those trying to trace their family back to nobility in Great Britain; and many books on family crests, heraldry, etc. Additionally, doing a Subject search of "genealogy" in our classic catalog will yield all the print books and ebooks the library has to offer.

Some particularly useful books in the General Collections & Humanities Center collection for genealogical research in San Francisco are:

View the Get Started Doing Your Family Tree list in more detail.

For more in-depth information on genealogical resources at the library as well as guidance on how to get started doing genealogical research, the General Collections & Humanities Center has available for download Genealogy Resources at San Francisco Public Library and Beyond (PDF 1M).


The library also subscribes to databases in which one can search a variety of records as well as learn how to do family history research:

Other Genealogy Resources at the San Francisco Public Library

Other Genealogy Resources in the San Francisco Bay Area

Other Online Resources for San Francisco Genealogy