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Genealogy is the study of families and their ancestors and histories. Genealogy research requires using primary sources about family connections. Most genealogy databases require a subscription; the Virginia Tech Libraries does not provide access to any of these databases. This topic guide emphasizes local genealogy research. Most genealogy research support is provided by Special Collections staff.

Getting started with academic research | Overview of genealogy | Recommended databases | Primary document sources | Genealogy bibliography

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  • Ancestry Library Edition: New search pages

    Thursday, April 16, 2015
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    Ancestry Library Edition contains thousands of databases and billions of indexed names. It also now has new options on the search pages. We will introduce you to all the features and take time to answer any questions. As always, we will show you how to access support, including help pages and documentation, such as the Ancestry Library Edition LibGuide.