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Book a PRO: Genealogy @ West Oaks

Learn how to find your ancestors using library resources from one of our PROs.  Book a PRO can arrange a meeting with a genealogy specialist at our West Oaks branch to help with your genealogical research.


These databases are free to you with your library card, and provide access to census records, passengers lists, military records, reference ebooks, and much more.

Genealogy and the Orange County Library System

The Orange County Library System's genealogy collection is located at the West Oaks Branch & Genealogy Center (1821 E Silver Star Rd, Ocoee FL 34761).  It includes an extensive collection of genealogy reference books organized by state as well as a sizable collection of donated family histories organized by surname. 

Below is a quick guide to frequently used genealogy books in the collection with their call numbers. 

•            010-099: Bibliographies and Indexes

•            200: Religion

•            301.45: Black Genealogy (also 973.7)

•            325: Immigration

•            351: Pension Lists

•            929.1: Genealogical “How-To”

•            929.2: Family Histories

•            941: Scotland

•            942: England

•            943: Germany

•            970.1-.3: Native American

•            971: Canada

•            973: United States

•            974: Northeastern U.S.

•            975: Southeastern U.S.

•            976: South Central U.S.

•            977: North Central U.S.

•            978: Western U.S.

•            979: Pacific U.S.

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Wondering how to begin your genealogy research? Learn the basics with these books that can be delivered right to your home!

The U.S. Census is the simplest place to begin looking for records. Use the census to confirm the facts you think you know about your ancestors and to find new information.

The OCLS Genealogy collection includes some standard reference materials that every genealogist should be aware of. These books include substantial information on record types, where to find them, and how to use them.

Tracing foreign born ancestors has its own unique set of challenges but the process of immigrating and obtaining citizenship creates many records. Learn to take advantage of that paperwork with these books.

Your research was going fine until you discovered records were missing, someone was listed under the wrong name, or an ancestor's father seemingly didn't exist. Overcome these challenges and more with these books.

Once you've begun your research you will quickly find yourself with an abundance of information, and that can become overwhelming. The key to preventing frustration is organization. Check out these book for tips on how to manage what you find.

Don't have time to come to the library? Try one of our ebooks!

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