Free Genealogy Help @ The Library:
- Download our Genealogy Startup Pack, Family Group Sheet, & Pedigree Chart (PDF files).
- Watch our Introduction to Genealogy Video below.
- Drop in on Wednesdays 11AM-3PM for one-on-one assistance with our volunteer accredited genealogist, Debbe Hagner.
- Call for brief phone assistance or to make an appointment for one-on-one assistance: (727) 943-4922 ext. 6021.
- Consult tutorials on our genealogy resources with Niche Academy.
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Our Next Genealogy Program
• Monday, October 10 @ 6:30 PM
We often get stuck in the mindset that everything is on Ancestry. Well, it’s not. Learn about other major sites as well as some small sites, and how to access subscription sites economically. Also, learn how to find records that aren’t online at all.
Registration is not required to attend this free program. For more information, call (727) 943-4922 ext 6021.
Introduction to Genealogy Video
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.
|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.
|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 For home access: enter your library card number.
Fold3 Training Center
| Heritage Hub via NewsBank - Explore your family history with the premier collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices for in-depth genealogical research from 1704 – today. Helps you easily identify relatives, uncover new information and potentially unknown family members with deep coverage from all 50 states, hard-to-find content from the mid 1900’s, and original obituary images. For home access: enter your library card number.
Heritage Hub Help Document
|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 Digital Collections - Publication of Archival, Library, & Museum Materials (PALMM) is a collection of digital materials related to Florida including photographs, maps, documents, and other important source materials held by public universities, colleges, and other archives in Florida.|
|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.|
|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.
- WorldGenWeb Project – A volunteer initiative supplying databases and links to international 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.
- 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.
- National Archives Military Service Records Page – How to request service records, advice on using military records for genealogy, and more.
- Sanborn Fire Maps – Digital collection at the Library of Congress.
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.
- GreekAncestry.net – Searchable databases developed from digitizing, translating, and indexing by researchers in Greece and abroad.
- Greece Genealogy Section in FamilySearch.org
Local Historical Societies: