Free Genealogy Help @ The Library
- One-On-One Assistance: Please call for an appointment: (727) 943-4922 ext. 6010
- Genealogy Research Group meets the first Monday of every month, 6:30-8:30pm
- Download our Genealogy Startup Pack (PDF file)
Genealogy Research Databases
|Ancestry Library Edition via ProQuest - The library version of Ancestry.com allows you to search census, immigration, vital, military, court, church, and ethnic records as well as the Social Security Death Index and much more. Subscription site for use in library only.|
|Fold3 - Provides convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. A specialized database from Ancestry.com To use: enter your library card number.
Fold3 Training Center
|American Ancestors - Access to nearly 3,000 genealogical and historical collections, focusing on (but not limited to) the New England area. Compiled by the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Subscription site for use in library only.|
|Family Search - The Family History Dept of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has amassed the largest collection of genealogical and historical records in the world. These are generously shared with everyone. Freely accessible website; register for a free account.|
|St. Petersburg Times 1901-2009 via ProQuest - Provides researchers, genealogists, and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time. For home access: enter your Tarpon Springs Library card number.|
Archival Databases (All Freely Accessible)
|Florida Memory - Provides access to archival resources housed in the State Library and Archives that illustrate significant moments in the state's history, offers educational resources for students of all ages, and makes available collections for historical research. No library card necessary for access. Also: check out their YouTube channel!|
|PALMM (Publication of Archival, Library & Museum Materials) - A cooperative initiative of the public universities of Florida to provide digital access to important source materials for research and scholarship.|
|Pinellas Memory - A work-in-progress by several Pinellas County public libraries that features historic articles and photos from local newspapers, postcards, scrapbooks, maps, letters, pamphlets, and manuscripts dealing with the history of Pinellas County. No library card necessary for access.|
|Library of Congress Digital Collections|
Portals (sites containing links to many other sites):
- U.S. GenWeb Project – A volunteer initiative supplying databases and links to U.S. and regional historical and genealogical records.
- RootsWeb – Sponsored by Ancestry.com, this free site allows access to message boards not available on Ancestry’s Library Edition, plus much more.
- Cyndi’s List – Links to thousands of genealogical and historical websites.
- National Archives Genealogy Resources Page – Tips and links for conducting research using the National Archives and Records Administration.
- Bureau of Land Management – Access federal land records including homestead patents and other documents.
- Find A Grave – Access 107 million gravesite and other memorials supplied by volunteers all over the world.
- Where to Write for Vital Records – Information on how to obtain birth, death, marriage, or divorce records from the states and territories of the United States is provided on this site by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.
- National Archives Military Service Records Page – How to request service records, advice on using military records for genealogy, and more.
- WorldGenWeb Project – A volunteer initiative supplying databases and links to international historical and genealogical records.
Greek Genealogy Sites:
- Greece GenWeb – A part of the WorldGenWeb Project, maintained by volunteers, that focuses on Greek genealogical research.
- Hellenic Genealogy Geek – Blog of family history research tools for Greek genealogy.
- Greek State Archives – Searchable digitized archival collections kept in Greece’s General State Archives.
- Ellis Island American Family Immigration History Center – From 1892 until 1954, twelve million immigrants passed through Ellis Island. Access their records here.
- Castle Garden – America’s first immigration center operated from 1855 until 1892. Access records of 11 million immigrants who entered the U.S. through Castle Garden.
- CIMO: Cimorelli Immigration Manifests Online – Early records of ships arriving to the U.S. from Europe.
- The Ships List – Early 1600s through 1900s ships’ passenger lists, immigration reports, ship pictures and descriptions, newspaper records, shipwreck information, and more.