Genealogy Collections at DP.LA

Are you a DP.LA user? If not, you should be. I find it to be “better than Google” for finding digitized resources owned by libraries, archives, and other similar institutions. In essence, it is like having online card catalogs from hundreds of institutions that you can search for digitized collections and items all at once.

From DP.LA: “The Digital Public Library of America amplifies the value of libraries and cultural organizations as Americans’ most trusted sources of shared knowledge. We do this by collaborating with partners to accelerate innovative tools and ideas that empower and equip libraries to make information more accessible. We work with a national network of partners to make millions of materials from libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural institutions across the country available to all in a one-stop discovery experience.”

For genealogy research, it has pertinent genealogical categories and you can search multiple sites all at once.

Here is a list of their largest partners, with the number of items available in their collections that can be accessed by DP.LA (sorted by size):

(Updated November 2023)

If you are interested in family history research, check out these categories (or choose your own):

From DP.LA: “To find even more historical materials to help develop context, browse by topic. As you discover useful materials, create personalized lists of items to come back to later without having to repeat your search. “

Searching DP.LA is easy. I use the standard search tools that I use in Google searching. You can narrow the results by selecting on the left-hand side of the results page one or more of the following: Type, Subject, Date, Location, Language, Collection, Contributing Institution, or Partner. One technique that I often use is to search broadly, and then enter a minus sign (-) in front of a keyword, eliminating results from specific states, or specific collections.

There are many more collections available, many from hundreds of local public libraries.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

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