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.
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.
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).class="box-in-box highlight ">Please note: If the resource has a blue key, it is only available to non-UCLA users (including UCLA alumni, emeriti, and retirees) while physically on campus.
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.class="box-in-box highlight ">Please note: If the resource has a blue key, it is only available to non-UCLA users (including UCLA alumni, emeriti, and retirees) while physically on campus.
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.