eSpotlight - Exploring Family History
"When you start about family, about lineage and ancestry, you are talking about every person on earth." Alex Haley
Exploring Family History Together
The San José Public Library is happy to be a part of Silicon Valley Reads 2019 which kicked off this week and runs through early April, 2019. This annual event is designed to encourage our community to read and discuss a selection of common books. This year's theme of "Finding Identity in Family History" highlights books and events that help us explore and expand our personal stories by understanding our ancestry. Check out the Calendar of Events for dozens of events scheduled throughout Silicon Valley.
For the past several years, I've embarked on an exploration of my family's origins. Through my research, I've uncovered both funny and tragic stories about my ancestors and made some surprising discoveries. San José Public Library has a large variety of free eResources that helped me with my research and are available to you if you're ready to fill in the branches of your own family tree.
Silicon Valley Reads 2019 Book Selections
Several books have been selected for adults for Silicon Valley Reads 2019. In these stories, each author shares their discoveries and personal revelations as they learned more about their family history. They are available as eAudiobooks or eBooks.
The Silicon Valley Reads 2019 companion book selections for children include these titles also available as eBooks or eAudiobooks:
Beginning Your Exploration
If you are just starting out on an adventure up and down your family tree, these eResources can help you learn how to construct and organize your family story.
Continuing the Adventure
If you're like me and have been working on your ancestry for a while, it's likely you've encountered roots of your family tree that just won't untangle. These eResources can help you with more advanced research ideas to help solve those family mysteries.
SJPL Genealogy Blogs and Databases
Your library card gives you free access to an online genealogy database, MyHeritage Library Edition. This database provides access to many different types of vital statistics such as birth, death, marriage certificates, U.S. Census information, immigration records and photos.
Our Genealogy Tips provide many resources in Santa Clara County such as SJPL's California Room and other sources of information across the United States. SJPL staff member, John Muller writes a regular blog The Genealogy Sojourner in which he explores many different aspects of constructing a family history and tracing genealogy.
Exploring your family history doesn't have to be an expensive or complicated adventure. With an SJPL Library Card, you can take advantage of these free eResources and many others as you unearth the history and mystery of your family tree.