Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | July 22, 2010

Are you interested in learning about your family’s history?

Many of you may know that the Burlington Public Library houses the Skagit Valley Genealogical Society Book Collection with many family, county, state, and town histories from all over the United States.  SVGS volunteers are here to give you one-on-one help with your genealogical questions on Mondays, from 11 – 1pm.

Outside the SVGS collection, we also have a few biographical references that may be of interest to family historians.   Though our budget is a bit thin this year, newer titles for beginners include Social Networking for Genealogists  and Genealogy Online for Dummies

If you are interested in your Revolutionary War era ancestors, one of two other new resources in our Reference Collection in the library are American Revolutionary War Leaders.  It includes mostly men, but women and minorities are indexed.  This source includes fascinating details of Revolutionary War era everyday life and occupations of the signers and framers – their family relations, business disputes, service records, and political lives, all in one place. 

Another special resource we have just acquired is the Encyclopedia of Women in American History.  Then there’s American National Biography – which is 24 volumes of information!

And last but not least, we have the online database Heritage Quest (for family and local histories, census records, some U.S. Government documents).  Talk to us about using it for your family research – it is available to anyone (fromthe library) and from home, 24/7, for those with a library card!

                –Karen

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