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Beginning Genealogy: Home

This is a guide to print and online resources useful to the study of family history and genealogy. Many of these materials are available through the Government and Heritage Library.


Welcome to the Beginning Genealogy Resource Guide!

Image of an antique family record tree, printed by Chapman Bros., Chicago, ca. 1888. From the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Online (no known rights restrictions).There are many reasons people become interested in family history research: they may want to find hereditary information, feel curious about ancestors and their origins, try to connect to famous people or events, or want to learn more about what it was like to live a specific time.

Whatever the reason, this research guide will help you get started and inform you about the first steps to take in researching your ancestors.  Whether your ancestors came from North Carolina, or other states, or even across the globe, the same general processes and strategies apply. 

In this guide you'll find:

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