'Tis the season to wonder about the people sitting with you at the holiday dinner table – are you really related?
Use Worthington Libraries' genealogical resources to peer into the branches of your family tree.
Many basic books on genealogy may be found in the reference or circulating book section with the number 929. Books like "Finding Your Roots" by Janice Schultz and "Researcher's Guide to American Genealogy" by Val D. Greenwood are good places to start for beginners.
After you have an idea of research techniques, recommended titles include "How To Do Everything: Genealogy" by George G. Morgan, "Organize Your Genealogy" by Drew Smith and "Genealogy for Dummies" by Matthew Helm and April Leigh Helm.
America's melting pot has brought together people from all over the world, and genealogical records vary from country to country. Use your library card to reserve books that can help in researching Eastern European, African American, English, Asian, German, Irish and Scottish ancestors.
Central Ohio has many genealogical resource centers. Did you know one of them is at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St.? The Worthington Room on the library's lower level contains specialized materials for searching local genealogy and archives. In book form or microfilm, you can find early Ohio tax, divorce and cemetery records, plus a massive index for Ohio wills and estates to 1850, as well as lots of local newspapers.
Use caution when looking at genealogical information on the internet. Determining credibility for genealogical sources is tricky because there are no authoritative central agencies. Much of the information a genealogist needs is not online anyway, although worthwhile resources may be found there.
With a Worthington Libraries card, you have access to valuable digital databases like Ancestry Library Edition, HeritageQuest Online and America's Obituaries and Death Notices.
Worthington Libraries' genealogy guide gathers the print and digital resources listed above, plus contact information for area historical societies and even summaries of various DNA testing companies and databases. You can find the guide at worthingtonlibraries.org/explore/subject-guides/genealogy-guide.
Hillary Kline is a communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.