Family Research at DPLA
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is a free national digital library that provides access to millions of materials from libraries, archives, and museums across the US.
(That’s right – DPLA is totally free to use and open to all – no library card, subscription, or sign-up required!)
DPLA’s vast and growing collections offer a unique research resource for family historians and genealogists. 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 it like at my ancestor’s local literary 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?
Explore below for resources on how to get started with family research in DPLA as well as collection highlights such as yearbooks, letters, newspapers, military records, family Bibles and more!
In this hour-long workshop webinar offered in July 2016, DPLA Community Reps and experienced genealogists Tamika Maddox Strong and Amy Johnson Crow introduce DPLA as a resource for family historians, genealogists, and anyone interested in learning about new research skills and cool collections in DPLA. To access slides and supplementary materials for this session, visit the workshops page.
We would love to connect with you about genealogy outreach opportunities! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org about getting DPLA swag to distribute to family researchers or working with DPLA staff to plan or present at genealogy events.