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Genealogy

An overview of resources at UCLA and in Southern California relevant to genealogy research.

General Notes

The UCLA Library has many resources which could potentially be used for genealogy research, but our resources are not comprehensive and are not organized to support genealogy research. In addition, UCLA Library staff must give priority to assisting current UCLA students, faculty, and staff, so we may not have the staff resources to assist genealogy researchers with in-depth questions.

For these reasons, this guide is meant to help you identify other resources available to genealogy researchers in Southern California.

Where to Begin Your Genealogy Research in Southern California

 Because UCLA Library does not specialize in supporting genealogical research, you will do well to start your research at one of these institutions, in person or online.

In Person

Online

Genealogy Resources in the UCLA Library

This is a selection of genealogical resources available at the UCLA Library. For more resources, try a subject search in the Library Catalog for genealogy and your desired geographical region (United States, England) or group (Chinese, Jews).

Please note: If the resource has a blue key, it may only available to non-UCLA users (including UCLA alumni, emeriti, and retirees) at designated workstations within our libraries.

Biographical Information

History scholars often need reference materials related to biographical information and this information can sometimes be difficult to track down. Here are some other places to start when looking for these materials. Keep in mind that these resources are not comprehensive and feature prominent individuals, so you may not find a lot of your ancestors unless they were significantly influential in their profession, in their government, in high profile historical events, etc.  Don't forget to try newspapers that are contemporary to the individual in question.

Please note: If the resource has a blue key, it may only available to non-UCLA users (including UCLA alumni, emeriti, and retirees) at designated workstations within our libraries.

Some Free Resources on the Web

Genealogy Software

Some Inspiration

Sometimes genealogical research can be frustrating, when you feel that you've hit a brick wall and don't know where to turn next. This selection of TV programs and non-fiction narratives about genealogy might help you feel inspired again—and maybe will give you some research ideas.