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Genealogy and Local History

Genealogy and Local History

Free to Bellingham Public Library Cardholders

Ancestry Library Edition (available in-house only)
A collection of approximately 4,000 databases including key collections such as U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1930; the Map Center containing more than 1,000 historical maps; American Genealogical Biographical Index (over 200 volumes); Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage (over 150 volumes); The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1630; Social Security Death Index (updated monthly); WWI Draft Registration Cards; Federal Slave Narratives; and a strong Civil War collection.
Funded in part by the Whatcom Genealogical Society

A collection of genealogical information covering America since the late 1700s. Collections include census images from 1790 to 1930; 25,000 family and local history books; Revolutionary War records; Freedman’s Bank Records; and the Periodical Source Index covering over 6,500 genealogical periodicals since 1800.
Funded in part by the Whatcom Genealogical Society

Recommended Websites

Local Sites

Bellingham Historic Preservation
This site, maintained by the City of Bellingham, includes interactive maps and historic photographs of Bellingham, historic resources surveys, and more.

Whatcom County GenWeb Page
Subject-organized access to free local history and genealogical research.

Whatcom County History Resource Guide
Links to relevant resources, useful information, and early Whatcom County photographs.

Washington State Digital Archives
The nation's first archives dedicated specifically to the preservation of electronic records from both State and Local agencies that have permanent legal, fiscal or historical value. This site allows you to search all the Digital Archives.

National Sites

Canadian Genealogy Center
Publications, archival records, sound and audio-visual materials, photographs, artworks, and electronic documents relating to Canadian genealogy.

Cyndi's List
A categorized and cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet, including a list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.

Family History Library Catalog
Search the catalog of materials (including microfilm, microfiche, and publications) found at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

A large collection of genealogical information pages for England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man.

Online Searchable Death Indexes and Records
A directory of links to websites with online death indexes, listed by state and county. Included are death records, death certificate indexes, death notices and registers, obituaries, probate indexes, and cemetery and burial records.

The primary purpose and function of is to connect people so that they can help each other and share genealogical research. Most resources on are designed to facilitate such connections.

An index to free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States. This Project is non-commercial and fully committed to free genealogy access for everyone.

U.S. National Archives and Records
A selection of guides, finding aids, microfilm catalogs, and special archival publications useful to anyone, especially scholars, archivists, historians, and researchers.

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