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Research Guides@Tufts

Genealogy & Family History

This is a general guide in getting started with your family history and

Genealogy and Family History & Research

Simply put, genealogy is compiling your ancestors names, dates, and places of births, marriages and death; family history is filling in the story behind those names and dates and making their lives come alive!  To do the latter you will want to do regular historical research around the events and times your ancestor lived using traditional library tools.

You will also want to do secondary research, as opposed to the actual birth, marriage, death records or primary research, to see if someone else has researched your family. This included genealogies, family histories in books and articles in genealogical and historical society magazines and journals.

Use the resources on this page and others.

Search for books at Tufts and the World!

Search for books, videos, and everything we own in the Library Catalog (part of JumboSearch).

To locate books in other libraries when we either don't own them or our copy is checked out, use BLC WorldCat. Once you've found the book you want, use the BLC request form or ILLiad to request the book be delivered to Tisch.  The book will be delivered to the Tisch Library circulation desk, within 2 to 5 days, and you will be notified via email on its arrival. There is no charge for this service.

BLC WorldCat

Digital Collections of Older Books

Use these resources to find digital copies of out of print books before 1923

        The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form.   Like a paper library, they provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public.

        Is a digital repository for the nation’s great research libraries, HathiTrust brings together the immense collections of partner institutions. Tufts is a member, login with your Tufts ID and password to download full-text pdfs!

Finding Books in the Library

Below you will see the floor plan of Level 1 which is downstairs and where the majority of the books are shelved.  The books are arranged by call number starting with A and the snaking their way around the floor.  Each stack end is labeled with the first and last call number so all you have to do is figure out if your call number falls between them!  Once you get the idea you won't need a floor plan to find your books.

Tisch Level 1 -- Where the books live downstairs!

Help with Research

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Connie Reik
Humanities Research & Instruction Librarian and Government Information Coordinator
Tisch Library
Appointment Hours:
M-F 10-5pm