Places to Search for Genealogy in Los Angeles
Los Angeles Public Library Central Branch
- The Los Angeles Public Library (lapl.org) has numerous branches throughout the greater Los Angeles area. The Central Branch Genealogy Department has more than 150,000 titles in its collection. Because genealogy materials are cataloged as references, you cannot check them out, but the library provides a place for you to perform research. Census records prove very helpful in finding information regarding when a family member lived and owned property in an area. If your family is not originally from the United States, Immigration records can assist in finding information about them.
Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library
- Even if your family is not originally from Los Angeles, it is still possible to find information and research genealogy there. The Southern California Genealogical Society and Family Research Library (scgsgenealogy.com) has holdings for all 50 states. This makes it convenient for those who cannot travel but wish to know more about their family heritage. The library, located in Burbank, California, hosts special interest groups such as French and Irish Heritage groups and event holds a Kids Family History Camp. The genealogy society helps to preserve research materials and provide instruction in research techniques.
- It is possible to research your genealogy in a cemetery. Cemeteries provide important information about the deceased members of your family. Some websites index those who are interred in the city's graveyards. Take note of some particular people that you want to find and head to the cemetery with a notepad and pen in hand. You can learn valuable information about the family member, such as economic status, religious affiliation and cause of death. Veteran's cemeteries honor those who have served with the military in various parts of American history.
If your family has lived in the Los Angeles area for years, check out Forest Lawn Memorial Park (forestlawn.com) in Glendale, which is steeped in history. Its expanse reaches 300 acres and many notorious members of the Hollywood elite are interred there. Forest Lawn has several locations located in Los Angeles, so there is plenty of ground to cover while doing your research.
Los Angeles County Clerk
- Working on your family genealogy, you may incur pieces of a puzzle that need solved by finding birth and death certificates. The Los Angeles County Clerk's Office (lavote.net/Recorder/BDM_Records.cfm) can allow you to search through vital records. You can even view marriage records to fill in any gaps in your family tree. An application must be filed to view the documents, however, so you'll need to allow time for the application to be processed.
Los Angeles Family History Library
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been working on genealogical projects for many years. The Los Angeles Family History Library (lafhl.org) has one of the largest LDS genealogy holdings of any branch of the family history libraries. With dozens of computer workstations and digitized newspaper records and microfiche, you are sure to find information you are looking for. The library even offers classes on genealogy for all levels from beginner to advanced.