Many people are interested in learning about their family history, but they don’t know how to go about finding this information. They don’t realize that they can begin in their local area, going to different places that provide genealogical information to residents. The city of Tucson, AZ, has a few places where people can research their family history.
Pima County Public Library
The public library is the all purpose source for information about family history. There are almost 30 library branches located in and around the Tucson area. There all have different hours of operation; however, the main branch located on Stone Ave. is opened seven days a week. The Pima County Public Library has a number of genealogical resources and databases.
People who have a library card can access the library’s three databases, HeritageQuest, America’s Obituaries and Death Notices and Biography Resource Center. HeritageQuest has census information that dates back to the Revolutionary War. American’s Obituaries has 734 newspapers from across the country. The Biography Resource Center has biographical information on approximately 275,000 individuals worldwide. In addition to local information, they offer links to other genealogical resources.
Family History Centers
This particular resource has two locations in Tucson, 500 S. Langley Ave. and 3530 W. Magee. The Center is a branch of the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. These centers, though, are open to everyone, providing microfilm and microfiche searches. They even offer genealogical classes for people interested in researching family history. They are opened every day except Monday. For more information about their resources, call either location at (520) 298-0905 or (520) 579-3493.
Family History Land
Professional Genealogist William C. Kleese, Ph. D. has 45 years of experience helping people trace their family history. At his organization, located on 6521 E. Fayette St., he has a number of resources available for research. He has a supply of microfilm readers that customers can purchase and a wide selection of books on family history and genealogy. For people who may not know where to start in their quest for family history. He teaches classes helping people learn the steps to successfully trace their family tree. Individuals interested in ordering a catalog or contacting Dr. Kleese can email him from the website or call (520) 790-5444.
Pima County Clerk of the Superior Court
The Superior Court is generally one of the first places individuals have to go to verify information about family members. Individuals can request marriage and divorce records and other legal transactions in your family’s history. There are two ways to get the information. People can fill out an information request form and bring it to their office on 110 W. Congress or try using the online record’s search. It’s better to go to the courthouse, though, because the online search in sometimes unreliable. If people looking for public records information have any questions, call (520) 740-3240.
Many people spend a lot of time and money on genealogy websites. However, before resorting to this method, they should check out local organization, such as libraries, courthouses, and local historians. If a family has been in a city for a long time, they may not have to go beyond the borders of their home town. In Tucson, people have a number of avenues that they can try in order to find out about their family history.