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Using The Library

Why should I use the library when I have the internet?

Depending on how large your town is, your library may have local genealogical and historical collections not readily found on the internet.  Things such as:

  • Atlases and Maps
  • Cemetery resources
  • Census records
  • City directories
  • Family histories and Local histories
  • Land records
  • Military records
  • Naturalization records
  • Newspapers
  • Probate records
  • Ships' passenger lists
  • Vital records

If you have a preference for a book, here are a few tips you can use at your local library:

  1. The genealogy section is always at 929.1 in libraries using the Dewey Decimal System.  Look in the Non-fiction and Reference sections.

  2. Books about Alaska are located at 979.8 in the Dewey Decimal System. You'll find 979.8 in both the Nonfiction and Reference sections of the library.

  3. Books not in your local library can be Interlibrary Loaned (ILL).  Look at the Bibliography of Alaska books on this site and see if there is a book or two that interests you.  If the book isn't in your local library, talk to your librarian and see if s/he can borrow it from another library. 


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