Welcome to our new genealogy and reference page!  We will be providing you with web links, books, and other materials researched by our librarians...no more looking through hundreds of web links that don't answer your question.(any PKLC reference means we have the hard copy in our collection-ask your librarian!)

First, we give you the 24/7 librarian, so you can get questions answered pronto while we build this page.  At www.askherepa.org a reference librarian will answer your question in a live chat- be sure you give your email address so they can send you all the sources of information they find for you.


Genealogy- tracing one's roots...Who were our great-grandparents or great-great grandparents?  When did they come to the U.S.? Why did they come to the U.S.?  Where did they live? What was their life like?   Uncovering the history of our families brings a great personal education to us and also is a snapshot of how the events of the world, like unemployment and war, affected families.  Use the information on genealogy found here to help you find and trace your ancestors or to do fun family history projects with your children.  

 Library of Congress Classification- CS

Dewy Decimal Number- 920


Websites: Start here (also good for students and teachers) and progress down this list to more advanced sites in this reference list to help you learn more about your family and create new family memories.

http://www.austintexasfamilyhistorycenter.com/primary-online-and-print-resources.html For teachers and families- simple family tree form, word search and other fun print-outs

http://www.climbingmyfamilytree.com/category/genealogy-for-kids/ -A fun site with lots of links to creative activities

http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/immigration/tour/ Learn about immigration on Ellis Island in this interactive, virtual tour. Find facts about immigration, pictures of Ellis Island, oral histories, and videos.

http://www.ellisisland.org/  Searchable database and copies of passenger manifests of ships arriving at Ellis Island from 1892 through 1924.

http://www.aiisf.org/  Located in the middle of San Francisco Bay, Angel Island Immigration Station was routinely the first stop for immigrants crossing the Pacific Ocean. The Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation (AIISF) is the nonprofit partner of California State Parks and the National Park Service in the effort to educates the public about the complex story and rich cultural heritage of Pacific Coast immigrants and their descendants.

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~usgwkidz/ -for US and World-wide information; Try the Soundex System on this site! The Soundex system is a method of indexing names in the 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920 US Census. Soundex can also aid genealogists by identifying spelling variations for a given surname. This form will return the soundex code for the entered surname, plus other surnames/spellings sharing the same soundex code.


http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~usgwkidz/epidemic.htm  Epidemics of the Past Chart-Under this chart are some links to find out more about the epidemic's of the past.

http://www.familytreemaker.com/  Family Tree Maker with TreeSync™: Easily build your family tree, preserve your family legacy, and update your tree anywhere.

http://www.americanancestors.org/home.html New England Historic Genealogical Society:Here you can advance your study of family history, interact with a community of family history enthusiasts, and access the expertise at NEHGS, offering live webinars, online courses, how-to videos, downloads, articles, and more. Check back often for updates and new educational opportunities.

http://www.austintexasfamilyhistorycenter.com Austin Texas Family History Center: Whether you're brand new to family history, or are an old hand who just needs to fill in the blanks, they are here to help. Take your time browsing this comprehensive site.  

Travel & Visit History Centers and Local Government Offices

State Library of Pennsylvania is located at 607 South St, Harrisburg, PA 17120 Phone:(717) 783-5950 Hours: Closed on Monday.   

Pennsylvania State Archives is located at 350 North St, Harrisburg, PA 17120Phone:(717) 783-3281 Hours: Closed on Monday.  

The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania is located at 2207 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 Phone:(215) 545-0391

Carbon County Courthouse is located in Jim Thorpe, PA, 18629. As of the 2010 census, the population was 65,249. Founded: March 13, 1843   For Archives call 570-325-5713

The Austin Texas Family History Center is located in the building of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 1000 E, Rutherford Lane, Austin, Texas 78731

New England Historic Genealogical Society located at 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, Mass. 02116  617-536-5740



Shaking the Family Tree: Blue Bloods, Black Sheep, and Other Obsessions of an Accidental Genealogist – 2010 by Buzzy Jackson; As a historian, Buzzy Jackson thought she knew the answers to these simple questions—that is, until she took a look at her scrawny family tree. With a name like Jackson (the twentieth most common American surname), she knew she must have more relatives and more family history out there...

Who Do You Think You Are?: The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family 2010 by Megan Smolenyak; The companion how-to guide to the hit TV series-with advice for anyone starting their own genealogical search.(PKLC callno 929.107)

Unpuzzling Your Past: 2001 by Emily Croom; ISBN-13: 978-1558705562  The new and expanded fourth edition of this best-selling guide (over 150,000 copies sold!) to genealogy provides readers with the tools and information they need to jump into this great American hobby. Unpuzzling Your Past, 4th edition focuses on fundamental strategies for success, questions to ask, places for research, and interesting examples of each step along the way. Throughout, readers will find techniques and suggestions for: Taping family documents, oral tradition and memories; Exploring the vast array of U.S. public records, from newspapers and tombstones to censuses and land records; Getting the most from names, dates and handwriting of the past; Developing a first-rate and meaningful family history; Well-organized, well-written and comprehensive, this guide offers readers charts, illustrations, reference sidebars, bibliographies, a glossary, and useful, reproducible forms. Each chapter is capped with a list of "Things to Do Now" to encourage readers or students to apply what they have learned.

The Troubleshooter's Guide to Do-It-Yourself Genealogy - 2012 by w. Daniel Quillen; The essential follow-on guide from the author of our classic "Secrets of Tracing Your Ancestors," this book shows advanced do-it-yourselfers how to tackle common research problems!(PKLC callno 929.107)


Magazine Articles

Greenman, Geri. "The Geography of Us." Arts & Activities. Jan2003, Vol. 132 Issue 5, p30. 3p. Academic Search Elite. Web. 14 Dec. 2013.  Article details a class lesson based on self-portrait of students and understanding of geography and family history.(Article available in PKLC Ready Reference Section)

Harrell, Pamela and Morton, Andrea. "Muggles, wizards, and witches: Using Harry Potter characters to teach human pedigrees." Science Activities 39.2 (Summer 2002): 24-29. ProQuest Central. Web. 14 Dec. 2013  This article descrives a classroom activity which teaches students about how to construct human pedigrees using the characters in the book "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.' Interpretation of the pedigree of the characters in the book; activities aimed to assess the students' understanding of constructing pedigrees.(Article available in PKLC Ready Reference Section)

Fisher, Jean; Pankl, Robert R. "Genealogy: A Focus on the Family." Library Journal137.15 (Sep 15, 2012) ProQuest Central. Web. 14 Dec. 2013. (Article available in PKLC Ready Reference Section)  The authors describe the community genealogy classes that they developed at the Tacoma Public Library(TPL) in Washington State. Topics include the strategy of using older family members as resources for family research, genealogy research on the Internet and digital archives, and marketing the courses to the community.(Article available in PKLC Ready Reference Section)

Frazel, Midge. "GRAVESTONE Reflections." Library Media Connection 24.4 (Jan 2006): 26-27. ProQuest Central. Web. 14 Dec. 2013. Students use a cemetary project-based experience to learn about the history of their community.  Look for a local genealogy group or historical society willing to assist with research.(Article available in PKLC Ready Reference Section)