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Programs

Go to ASU interview with Duane Roen

ASU Dean & Professor Dr. Duane Roen regularly conducts free family history writing workshops at the library. Check the library calendar for details. Topics include:

  • Using Cemetery Records for Family History Research
  • Why Do Family History?
  • Writing Family History for Special Occasions
  • Getting Started with Family History Research: Tips for Beginners Writing about Family Members, Places, and Events

Library Databases

For most databases, you will need to sign in with your library card barcode number.

Ancestry Library Edition

AVAILABLE AT HOME THROUGH MAY 30.

  • Census, vital, and military records
  • School yearbooks & church/organization member records
  • Sources from U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and more
  • Downloadable charts & forms to organize your research
  • Research aids & guides by topic and state

HeritageQuest Online

ONLY AVAILABLE ON LIBRARY COMPUTERS

  • Coverage dating to the late 1700’s
  • Includes research aides and maps
  • Information from U.S. Census, books, cemeteries, city directories, military records, immigration records, and much more

Find Books

Browse items in the 808 and 929.1 call number ranges. Try searching our online catalog using keywords such as: genealogy, family history, and biography research methodology.

Find eBooks using our digital lending services here.

Local Resources

Arizona State Archives

  • There are genealogical resources such as vital records and historical registers available at the Polly Rosenbaum Archives and History Building. 

Family History Centers

  • Utilize this directory of family history centers by familysearch.org.

Local Genealogical Societies

Find local genealogical and historical societies through familysearch.org.

Obituaries

Obtaining a copy of an obituary

Fee-based obituary searches

  • Mesa Public Library offers a fee-based obituary search service for the Arizona Republic (1980-2009). Call 480-644-3100 or visit their website.

Online Resources

Arizona Birth and Death Records

  • Contains Arizona public birth records that occurred at least 75 years ago and Arizona Public Death Records for deaths occurring at least 50 years ago.

Bureau of Land Management

  • Contains over two million land patents and provides live database access to federal land conveyance records for 32 states issued between 1820 and 1908. Land patents document the transfer of land ownership from the federal government to individuals.

Chronicling America

  • Select American historical newspaper pages,1836-1922.  Produced by the National Digital Newspaper Program and the Library of Congress. 

Ellis Island Records

  • Contains a searchable database of over 22 million names of immigrants, passengers and crew members that came through Ellis Island and the Port of New York from 1892 to 1924.

FamilySearch

  • FamilySearch is a nonprofit family history organization that provides free genealogical records and vital record searching online. 

National Archives

  • As the nation's record keeper, the National Archives preserves important U.S. government materials for historical and legal reasons. Some examples of records retained are census records, court records, passport applications, land records, military records, immigration and naturalization records, treaties, maps, charts, drawings and photographs.

U.S. Gen Web

  • Volunteer managed web site featuring a page for each of the 3,141 counties in the United States. These county pages contain county histories, biographies, census, cemetery, marriage, birth, and bible records, and lists of local newspapers, etc.