Genealogy resources

Find reliable free tools and strategies to learn about your family’s history.

FamilySearch

Explore the world’s largest collection of free family trees, genealogy records, and resources.

Start here

Have you always been curious of you or your family’s heritage, but you don’t know where to begin? Your librarians have gathered a few helpful resources to get you started.

Find a Grave

Search through over 210 million memorials and find the graves of your relatives.

Genealogy.com

Genealogy.com is a source for family history buffs to learn about genealogy and find genealogical articles.

Family Tree Builder

Build your family tree and add photos, historical records and more.

Reclaiming Kin

Reclaiming Kin focuses on the many challenges of slavery and slave research while offering useful tools and resources to those looking to preserve their family history.

Our Public Records

Learn about what genealogy can tell you, how to interview family, and what types of public records to look for while researching family history.

Our Black Ancestry

Our Black Ancestry is dedicated to providing resources for African American genealogical research, preserving historic materials, and reuniting people with their family roots.

Intermediate resources

Here are some resources for those already a bit experienced with the subject of genealogy.

African American Online Genealogy Records

View a variety of online databases and indexes for African American family records.

CYNDI’S LIST

Cyndi’s List is a comprehensive, categorized, and cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.

Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness

Work with volunteers to help find copies of documents, records, and pictures of tombstones for yourself or others.

ELLIS ISLAND

This site provides access to 22 million records of passenger arrivals from 1892 to 1924 through the port of New York.

NATIONAL ARCHIVES

Explore descriptions of current and historical records held by the National Archives.

Digital Library on American Slavery

The Digital Library on American Slavery catalogs historic deeds, notices, and petitions.

Family Tree Magazine

Find information on how to use DNA in your genealogical search.

Local resources

Grants Pass Genealogical Society
Visit monthly meetings geared to help family historians find their ancestors. Learn more
ROGUE VALLEY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY AND JACKSON COUNTY GENEALOGY LIBRARY
The Jackson County Genealogy Library houses the largest collection of genealogical materials in Southern Oregon. From this site, you can search a library of over 19,000 books and other media. Learn more
Oregon Genealogical Society
The Oregon Genealogical Society is a FamilySearch Affiliate Library and aims to collect, preserve, and publish material of genealogical interest. Learn more
Josephine County Historical Society
Josephine County Historical Society is a museum for artifact collections, exhibits, and historical documents. Learn more
Genealogical Forum of Oregon
Learn more about your family history at the Genealogical Forum of Oregon. Learn more