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Genealogy Collection


The Bellingham Public Library has a special collection of library materials relating to genealogy. Print resource topics include: how to get started doing genealogy research, family histories, census and court records, tax lists, land claims, and cemetery records.

Where is the Genealogy Collection?

We are located in the Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Avenue, Bellingham, Washington. The collection is located on the main floor near the Local History area.

The collection is available during library hours.

We also have online genealogy databases.

Ancestry Library Edition – This database makes family research easy for beginners while still providing in-depth tools for even the most advanced genealogists. The collection of materials within Ancestry includes unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada and other areas.
Funded in part by the Whatcom Genealogical Society

Ancestry Library Edition is not available through our website. Please visit the Central Library, Fairhaven Branch or Barkley Branch to access this database.

Heritage Quest – This database combines searchable digital images of the U.S. federal census records and other unique material valuable to both genealogical and historical researchers, with coverage dating back to the late 1700s. Click here to access.
Funded in part by the Whatcom Genealogical Society

Did you know there is free genealogy research assistance?

Every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. a volunteer from the Whatcom Genealogy Society is available at the Central Library to help with genealogy research.

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