Monday, April 20, 2020

Have you been digging into your family history while at home? The Arlington Public Library is here to help keep your research moving along! Our Genealogy and Local History Librarian is providing curated options to expand your research. From digital tools, personal consultations, and even virtual workshops, explore these free genealogy tools. 

Look Online First 

Start by reviewing Seven Ways to Work on Your Genealogy at Home and the resources on our Genealogy & Local History page. Don’t miss Ancestry Library Edition, which is temporarily available to access from home!  

Ask Library Experts 

Are you struggling to break through a pesky brick wall and find an elusive ancestor? If you want a second opinion or need some ideas for next steps, send an email with ONE question to Feel free to include as much additional background information as you think would be helpful, but keep the main question distinct. This will help your Genealogy and Local History staff get directly to the heart of your research question! 

Staff will answer your email within one business day when possible, but the research itself may take longer. 

Join Community Groups 

The Arlington Genealogy Society is a great local resource. While they’re not holding meetings currently, explore their website and social media to connect with other area historians. 

Attend Virtual Workshops 

Genealogy and Local History workshops are moving online! We’re offering free virtual events in April and May, all taught by our Genealogy and Local Historian Librarian through the online video conference platform Zoom. 

Genealogy Research Basics. Join us for this special adaptation of our getting started with family history research class covering:

  • "The One Thing You Should Do RIGHT AWAY" and other essential research approaches
  • Where to look for stuff and what to do with what you find
  • Rookie mistakes to avoid, or, What experts wish someone had told them when they were first getting started

Genealogy Research Basics is offered online at the following times:

  • Wednesday April 29, 3-4:30 PM
  • Wednesday May 13, 3-4:30 PM 
  • Wednesday May 27, 3-4:30 PM 

All classes are free, but you must register in advance to attend. Click here to see all our online events and to sign up for free