Genealogy

Resources to help you research your family history.

Free to Bellingham Public Library Cardholders

Ancestry Library Edition
Available in the library only; access is not available from home.
Resources for genealogical and historical research in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. Includes census, vital, church, court, and immigration records.

HeritageQuest
Includes genealogy and local history collections, U.S. Census data, Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank records, city directories, and content from the U.S. Serial Set.

Other Library Resources

Genealogy Collection

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

Whatcom Genealogy Society Volunteers

Volunteers from the Whatcom Genealogy Society provide free assistance with genealogy research in the Central Library from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on many Wednesday mornings. Check the Library’s calendar to confirm.

Recommended Websites

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 Search
Search the catalog of materials (including microfilm, microfiche, and publications) found at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints also offers the following in Bellingham:

Family History Center
2925 James Street
Bellingham, WA 98225

call for hours: 360-738-1849

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

JewishGen
A free, easy-to-use genealogy website featuring thousands of databases, research tools, and other resources to help those with Jewish ancestry research and find family members.

Online Searchable Death Records Index
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.

Roots Web
The primary purpose of RootsWeb.com is to connect people so that they can help each other and share genealogical research.

United States National Archives
A selection of guides, finding aids, microfilm catalogs, and special archival publications useful to scholars, archivists, historians, and researchers.

USGenWeb
An index to free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.

WAGenWeb Whatcom County
Whatcom County’s USGenWeb project homepage.

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.