Get free 1:1 help with your genealogy and family history from one of our genealogy librarians. They can help direct you to the best resources for your research.
We can help you with your genealogy needs including basic genealogy skills, navigating genealogy resources like Ancestry and FamilySearch, making sense of your DNA results, and helping you to dig deeper into your family tree. You can request an in-person appointment at the Central Library, virtually in an online meeting with screen sharing options, or a phone call.
How Genealogy Appointments Work
Submit the form to select your appointment time and tell us what kind of help you need.
We will contact you to schedule your appointment.
You will meet with a librarian for 30 minutes.
Make a Genealogy Appointment
Please submit the form at least 24 hours before your requested appointment time. Next day appointments may be accommodated if our schedule allows.
We have online Genealogy Resources. Here are some additional resources and websites we recommend:
- Canadian Genealogy Centre: Search the National Archives of Canada, National Library of Canada and the Genealogy Centre.
- Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers: Search and read newspaper pages from 1836-1922, and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. From the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
- Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites: Over 300,000 Web sites for the genealogist. Sites are categorized and cross-referenced by many categories. Particularly good for access to library catalogs around the world.
- Fiske Genealogical Foundation Library: Provides information on the Fiske Library holdings and lists programs in their quarterly online newsletter. This library was founded by Arthur Fiske in 1971.
- GENUKI (Genealogy of the United Kingdom and Ireland): This large collection of genealogical information pages run by volunteers covers England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Includes a link to the UK National Archives. GENUKI is the British equivalent of the USGenWeb site.
- National Archives and Records Administration: Maintains retired records from federal agencies and provides information about locating immigration, land, military, and census records, including the newly released 1940 U.S. Census.
- National Union Catalog of Manuscripts (NUCMC): A searchable catalog of manuscript collections across the U.S. Search by both surname and location. This material is not accessible via interlibrary loan.
- One-Step Webpages by Stephen P. Morse: Provides tools for finding your ancestors in passenger lists, census and public records. Includes an Enumeration District finder for the newly released 1940 U.S. Census.
- RootsWeb: The Internet's oldest and largest free genealogy community.
- Seattle Genealogical Society: Provides information on the library holdings and programs of the oldest genealogical society in Washington State founded in 1923. Also provides links to genealogy related web sites with emphasis on the Pacific Northwest.
- The Digital Archives from the Washington Secretary of State: Historic records of Washington State ancestors from State records including Territorial censuses and naturalization records.
- USGenWeb Project: A volunteer project to provide Internet sites for genealogical research in every county and state of the U.S. Includes access to the USGW Digital Library transcription project and a variety of other special projects and sites.