Getting Started in Genealogy

As part of our goal to support family history research, we have collected a number of resources to help members and non-members get started in genealogy.

An Introduction to Genealogy and Family History
Created by the State Library of North Carolina’s Government and Heritage Library in cooperation with Wake Forest University, this online course is freely available and provides an introduction to genealogical research.

Genealogy/Family History Videos
This is a series of short videos from the online genealogy course prepared by the North Carolina State Library. Each video covers a single topic like sources, census and archives.

Genealogy 101: Back to the Basics
This video from Ancestry.com uses Ancestry in its examples, but the information presented covers the basics for all genealogical resources.

Other Research Resources

Cyndi’s List provides a comprehensive directory of resources ranging from applications and archives to local resources.

Linkpendium is another resource directory, focused on US states and county. They emphasize free resources provided by libraries, other government agencies, genealogical and historical societies, and individuals.

USGenWeb is group of volunteers working together to provide free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.