The Family Research Guide to DPLA
DPLA is totally free to use and open to all – no library card, subscription, or sign-up required! Our collection, with items from many institutions, offers a unique research resource for family historians and genealogists.
Use our Search Tips to get the most out of your DPLA experience! You may be interested in searching for family names in DPLA, but don’t stop there. DPLA also offers the opportunity to dig deeper and add context to the lives of our ancestors, exploring questions such as:
- What was discussed at my ancestor’s local political club meeting?
- What did downtown Memphis look like in the 1910s when my family lived there?
- What route did my fortune-seeking ancestor take to California during the Gold Rush?
What else can you use?
Explore collection highlights of particular interest for family research!
To find even more historical materials to help develop context, browse by topic.
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