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Resources for researching your ancestors and your family history

About This Section

This section has been adapted from presentations prepared for various classes relating to genealogy at the Boston Public Library. They were originally delivered in person, and may not contain all of the information that would have been given in class.

If you have any questions about these modified presentations or any of the materials referenced in them, please email or fill out this online form. Please note that online reference services will be limited while the library is closed.

We hope that these abbreviated presentations are useful, and that everyone stays safe and healthy!

Click on the links below to go to the classes:

  • Introductory Classes
    • Introduction to Genealogy and BPL Resources
    • Introduction to Newspapers & Print Resources
    • Introduction to Genealogy Databases and Other Electronic Resources
  • Researching Ancestors Who Served in Wars
    • Colonial Wars and Your Ancestors
    • Researching Ancestors Who Served in the Revolutionary War
    • Researching Ancestors Who Served in the Civil War
    • Genealogy Research and the World Wars
  • Researching Specific Heritages
    • Introduction to Native American Genealogy
    • Researching Your Italian Ancestors