In our last lesson I focused on print resources you can find in your library. Many libraries—including DBRL—now offer their patrons access to even more genealogical records with online subscriptions to the library edition of Ancestry.com (available within the library) and Heritage Quest (accessible from home with your library card). Both of these online databases offer millions of digitized records from all kinds of sources. (These will be discussed in a later post in more detail.)
The library also offers you access to the Internet where you can look at lots of genealogical websites for FREE. Yes, there are still some things in life that are free. These are some of the more popular sites regionally.
- Missouri Digital Heritage offers all kinds of records about Missouri, including death certificates from 1910 to 1960, military records from the territorial time period to just before World War II and many more.
- Genealogical Society of Central Missouri. This is the local genealogical society for which I’ve been president of the past three and a half years. On its website are links (and some indices) to local information and resources.
- State Historical Society of Missouri. This website will let people know where to find historical information about Missourians. Some of their early newspaper indices are online (pre-Civil War).
- RootsWeb (affiliated with Ancestry.com) offers online searching for family records that have been submitted by genealogists from around the world as well as access to an obituary index (current) and the social security death index (1962 to present).
Be sure to check out a book on online genealogy. The library has several you can check out—or read electronically–that will get you buried in your computer screen!