Discovering Family History in Library Collections: Part 1- Databases

Tuesday, 7/27/2021
  • 2:00 PM-3:30 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:30 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:30 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (Pacific)

In addition to physical collections, libraries provide access to electronic resources, many of which have relevance for genealogical and family history research. These extend beyond genealogy-specific databases to academic and other educational databases with access to journals, e-books, indexes and abstracts, as well as digitize manuscript collections from archives and other repositories. Some are free resources facilitated by libraries while others are subscription databases.

This webcast will explore a variety of these databases, including many not traditionally thought of as being relevant to family history, and provide illustrative example and advice on access. 


Learning Outcomes

Participants will develop an understanding of:

  • Free and subscription-based databases relevant to genealogy besides the major genealogy websites
  • Examples of how databases may be applied to genealogy research, including academic databases not typically used for this type of research
  • Methods for searching and advice on accessing these resources

Who Should Attend

The webinar will benefit genealogists, genealogy librarians, and other librarians with patrons seeking genealogy resources. 


Joseph B. Everett, AG, MLS, is the Family and Local History Librarian at Brigham Young University. In his 25-year career, he has also worked for FamilySearch and Ancestry. He earned a BA in Family History/Genealogy and Russian Language. and a Master's in Library Service



Individual registration rates are as follows:

  • RUSA members: $45
  • ALA members: $55
  • ALA student & retired members: $25
  • Non-members: $77

Group rate: $99 single login

*DURING THIS TIME OF COVID-19 RELATED LIBRARY CLOSURES: For purposes of group registration, RUSA will define a group as up to 20 staff from a single library system working remotely and logging in individually from multiple locations to participate in the live webinar broadcast. It will be the responsibility of the registrants to share the webinar login information with members of their staff who wish to participate.

How to Register

Register online 

Tech Requirements

This webinar will be offered using Zoom. Please ensure that you have internet connection. Audio for these sessions will be streamed over computer speakers and via a teleconference line. You will be able to ask questions and interact with the presenter and other webinar participants via chat. 

For assistance for the deaf or hard of hearing, please send your request via email to Ninah Moore at by July 7, 2021


Questions about your registration should be directed to

Technical questions about the webinar should be directed to Ninah Moore, RUSA Program Officer-Continuing Education, at

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!