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  • Book and old photo
    Posted on: Friday, November 09, 2018

    If you are looking to begin your research on your family history, general research books and instructional videos are a great place to get started. The library has a variety of resources available to you, and most of these titles are available from home. To Learn more about the library's genealogy collection, visit our genealogy webpage

  • Family Photos
    Posted on: Wednesday, November 07, 2018

    Getting started in your genealogical research can be daunting. Maybe you have tried before, but you hit a wall and lost steam, maybe you feel overwhelmed by the amount of information to organize or maybe you just don’t know what resources are available and how to use them. Wherever you may be in your journey, the library is a great place to get started.

  • Tree
    Posted on: Thursday, November 01, 2018

    OKLAHOMA CITY– Oklahoman’s looking to connect to their roots can visit the library for genealogical help. This month the Metropolitan Library System is celebrating genealogy and telling customers how to, “find your roots at the library.”

    November is Family History Month at all Metro Libraries. Oklahoma County residents can visit the library’s website to get started or call the special collections department to get help with genealogical research questions.

  • Posted on: Friday, January 19, 2018

    Provides full-text access to the archives of The Jewish Exponent (1887-1990). 

  • Posted on: Friday, January 19, 2018

    Provides full-text archives to the country’s premier African American newspaper, the Chicago Defender (1905-1975). 

  • Posted on: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

    Ok2Explore is a free searchable index of births and deaths that occurred in the state of Oklahoma. Included is limited information on births occurring more than 20 years ago and deaths occurring more than 5 years ago. You may search the index using any combination of the subject’s name, date of event (birth or death), county of event, and sex.

  • Posted on: Monday, December 05, 2016

    The largest and most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices. Extensive editorial review of all newspaper sections ensures thorough selection of obituaries for easy access. An easy-to-use interface allows searching by name, date range, or text such as institutional name, social affiliation(s), geographic location(s), philanthropic activities, etc.

  • Posted on: Wednesday, October 21, 2015

    From the Library of Congress, Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers allows you to search millions of pages of America's historic newspapers from 1836-1922.

  • Eyeglasses near a newspaper and coffee cup
    Posted on: Friday, October 02, 2015

    Maybe you have noticed that as newspaper charges have risen, obituaries have gotten briefer, and fewer of them are being published.  I find it very sad to think that a person may simply disappear so completely that his future family members never discover where, when or how he lived his life. As for yourself, don’t be so humble that you think nobody will care about your life.  Your story will benefit someone.  Try to leave your footprints behind in a number of ways. I've got some pointers for you that might just help .

  • green tree on a field of grass
    Posted on: Thursday, October 01, 2015

    Are you on a quest to find your family? Now, is the perfect time to start your research, because October is Family History Month. The Metropolitan Library System has a wealth of resources to help you on your journey. At the Downtown Library, a genealogy librarian is ready to help you, as are several other staff members who have years of experience in genealogical research. We love to get genealogy questions and help you find your ancestors!


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