Part of the Collection in the Indiana Room at the Main Library

Genealogy at a Glance

Posted on January 09, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Family TreeThe library now owns four Genealogy at a Glance quick reference guides produced by the Genealogical Publishing Company. The first guide Finding Female Ancestors explains some of the reasons why it's hard to track women: last name changes when married and for centuries had no legal rights and no legal possessions, so no documentation. The guide has a Quick Facts and Important Dates section, discusses various resources, and ends with an Online Sources section.

The U. S. Federal Census Records guide also has a Quick Facts and Important Dates section. It provides basic info about the censuses and search strategies. The guide ends with a list of five Major Online resources. Two of the online resources we subscribe to and and two are free ( and

The American Cemetery Research guide also has a Quick Facts and Important Dates section. There is a section on "Planning Your Cemetery Field Trip" and one on "Photographing Markers." The website is a directory of active funeral homes. The guide ends with a list of five online cemetery/tombstone transcription projects.

The last guide, Family History Library Research, explains planning and doing research at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City. It cautions that the main thing to do before you decide to go to Salt Lake City is to check what records are available online at Since this is a continuously expanding collection it does not hurt to check it again, if it has been some time since your last look.

Just for curiosity's sake, I tried a couple of searches and finally found where her paternal grandmother died. also provides a free genealogy software program which allows users to create family forms and charts ( You can also share your information with others.

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Written by Vi Tester

Hi, my name is Vi Tester. I moved to Bluffton in 1994 when I was hired as the Reference/Adult Services librarian for the Wells County Public Library. My job title hasn’t changed but the job has grown, just like the Indiana Room which houses the genealogy collection and is part of my job. You can find me upstairs, downstairs or in the stacks.

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