Find your roots at the Library
Are you interested in your family tree or looking for information from early newspapers and records? The Library is the place to begin your search for family records, birth and death announcements, or information on early Oklahoma City and surrounding areas.
Getting started is simple!
The Metropolitan Library System has a variety of genealogical resources, including a print materials located at the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, online resources and a team of knowledgeable librarians. Our collections include family histories, census records, indexes, newspapers, state history, yearbooks and more.
Getting Started Guide
Our Special Collections department can provide research assistance and guidance as well as answer specific questions along your genealogy journey. Questions can be sent online HERE or asked over the phone at (405) 606-3859.
Newspapers can be a valuable resource in your genealogical research. Local newspapers may contain information such as birth, marriage, and death announcements as well as other aspects of your relative’s daily life. You may find that your relative was involved in local business or other local news. If there was not a newspaper in their town, be sure to check surrounding towns. Newspapers accessible through the library’s website include:
- Access Newspaper Archive
- African American Newspapers
- Historical Newspapers
- Jewish Exponent
- Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
- Chicago Defender
- America's Historical Newspapers
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 genealog...
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 b...
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