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Genealogy Research

Getting Started

Do

  • Start by collecting stories and documents from living relatives
  • Go back in time generation by generation
  • Seek evidence (official documents, materials, etc.)
  • Be critical of all information sources (including relatives and the Internet)
  • Keep good notes and organized files

Don't

  • Start with we're related to someone famous
  • Start with we immigrated from a specific country
  • Believe everything you find on the Internet

List adapted from Cornell University Library's guide to Genealogy: Finding Your Ancestors Online.

The following tools are great places to start your genealogy research.

Databases

The duPont-Ball Library subscribes to the following databases that may help in ancestry research.

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