Saturday, December 15, 2012

Research Location - Torrance Public Library

The Torrance Public Library has several locations in the City of Torrance. The main library, also known as the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library, is located at 3301 Torrance Boulevard.  Hours are Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. During the school year (September to June), the library is also open most Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Their telephone number is (310) 618-5959; click here for their website.

The Torrance Public Library has microfilm for the following newspapers:
·        Daily Breeze (the local paper) – 1976 to present
·        Los Angeles Times – 1966 to present
·        New York  Times – 1961-1999
·        Washington Post – 1988-1999

In addition, you can search the Historical Newspapers Index of the Torrance Herald and the Torrance Press (1913-1969) and Historic City and Phone Directories (1922-1975) here.

The library also offers an obituary request service through their website. Click here for additional information.

Of particular interest to genealogists is the collection of the South Bay Cities Genealogical Society which is housed in a dedicated area on the lower level of the library. The collection contains many books of interest and there is an extensive periodical collection representing almost every state and some foreign countries as well. The society has volunteers on hand in the library on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the third Wednesday of the month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. A partial list of the periodicals held can be found on the society’s website. The society holds its general membership meetings in the library’s community room on the third Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Research Location - Georgina Cole Library - Part 2

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 microforms 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.


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)

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

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.  

 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]

 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)

User Guides for Carlsbad Georgina Cole Genealogy Collection
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