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Friday, August 10, 2012

Post 4 GC Library User Guides for Genealogy

  Genealogy staff have created user guides to assist patrons in using some of the more complex or difficult sources in the collection. (.PDF format) 



City Directories User Guides





State Census User Guides



Post 3 GC Library Genealogy Collection

Carlsbad, Georgina Cole Library (Second Floor) Genealogy Collection

If you personally visit the library you must sign in at the Genealogy Reference desk to use research collection. 

The Library has a circulating collection of genealogy books. The Genealogy collection has an extensive local history collection from all over the United States.  They also have some specific family histories, see  online catalog for details.  The library provides researchers with a call number guide which lists the call numbers for each state.  Do not overlook the microfiche and micoforms collection. 

To find non-circulating items in the collection, search the Carlsbad City Library catalog.The online catalog allows you to save catalog items: the “saved” list section option includes, sorting, viewing catalog selections in brief or full,  print formatted, and email. You can save your choice items  in the catalog and email the list to yourself or print them. Also, within the search results screen you can choose “limit search” where you can type the desired search term in the “search for” box, under “library” choose “Carlsbad City Library-Cole” and under the collections drop down menu choose “Genealogy” . The “type” box signifies the type of item you are looking for like a book or a database.

Genealogical Periodicals  (763 titles) A sample of the types of Periodicals.


Family Newsletters (limited years and volumes, see card catalog online)

Genealogy Society Newsletters (limited years and volumes, see card catalog online)

General Interest Genealogy


Internet Genealogy (from publishers of Family Chronicle)
Family Tree Magazine (Beginning to Intermediate Genealogy researcher)
Family Chronicle (Intermediate to Advanced level; Printed in Canada)


Genealogy Journals

The Genealogist
Ancestral News 1976-1985 microform
American Ancestors (NEGHS)
NGS News Magazine
The New England historical and genealogical register : index of persons, volumes 51-148

Georgina Cole Library Online Research Databases with a Library Card

If you are a California resident you can get a library card: present a valid photo I.D. and proof of mailing address from an envelope or bill.
The Genealogy library offers remote access to Heritage Quest with a Carlsbad Library card.  They also offer in library access to Newspaper Archive, American Ancestors, Ancestry Library Edition and Fold3.  


E-Book Borrowing


Your library card also entitles you to use the e-book borrowing system (Overdrive).  Before you use this system you must have an e-book reader program like Adobe Digital Editions. [Download a borrowed  ebook into the ebook-reader program, synch with an ebook reader like Kindle or Nook and transfer the ebook to your mobile device]


Newspapers available through e-research  databases  through the library card:


General Reference Center Gold Magazine and Newspaper Articles
Articles from nearly 6,000 magazines, newspapers, and reference books.
ProQuest Newspapers  full text articles:
Los Angeles Times (1985-current)
The New York Times (June 1980-present)
New York Times Magazine (1986-present)
The Wall Street Journal (1984-present)

In all, the librarians at the Georgina Cole Library have created an exceptional resource for genealogists.

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Post 2 GC Library Carsbad History Room

Overview of the Carlsbad History room:

The Carlsbad History room is located on the bottom floor, behind the magazines in the Carlsbad Georgina Cole Library.


Carlsbad Oral History Collection


Carlsbad Newspaper Collection

Carlsbad Champion, January 1926 – December 1927
Carlsbad Journal, January 1928 – December 1992
Carlsbad Sun, January 1993 – December 1995
North Coast Advertiser, March 5, 1975 – February 1981
Oceanside Blade, October 1892 – April 1930
Additionally, a microfilm collection of the short-lived weekly newspaper Carlsbad Sea Lion is available (December 10, 1887 – June 23, 1888).
Excerpts from the Plain Truth/Spirit of Love newspaper are available (June 1884 – December 1922). These were compiled by Robert Baird.

Carlsbad Yearbooks

Carlsbad Print/Video collection for local history

Examples are on the website:



More than 4,700 photos are available for historical research. Some photos are available via patron provided portable storage device. Historical photos can be viewed by appointment.




Zahniser Family 1882 – 1906, 1930; Shipley and Magee 1886 – 1954; Roberts 1942

Post 1 Georgina Cole Library General Info

1250 Carlsbad Village Drive Carlsbad, CA 92008 
Genealogy Desk: (760) 434-2931 
Genealogy hours Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
 Friday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Parking is free and is usually not a problem except for the first and third Tuesdays of each month when the North County Genealogical Society has meetings at 10am.

The library has one high speed scanner which uses a flash drive, microfilm machines, microfiche machines, photocopiers, computers for genealogical use only and wireless internet access inside of the library.

Photocopies are 20 cents per copy and color copies are $1.00 each. No food or drink is allowed inside the library although there are picnic tables and seating outside. There are two collections at this location: The Carlsbad History Room (first floor) Georgina Cole Library Genealogy Collection (second floor)