Links to General Research Resources
Not all online services that you find useful for genealogical research will specifically be genealogical sites.
For instance, try using a search service to look up a name. While many hits will come from recent events, you
will also find that some results are of genealogical interest.
Just remember to try many variations when search, including unquoted, quoted "forward" or "backward" (setting the
surname used in many cultures either at the end or the beginning, respectively), and remember to try variations
on the name and/or nicknames.
Please note that all of these will take you away from the SBCGS site.
For all major libraries and for many smaller ones, the days of having to physically look through the stacks for
research is quickly going away. While certain libraries have manuscripts that are too ancient or fragile to be
placed on-line, or may not have the staff or money to do so, the card catalog itself is almost universally now
a computerized and on-line feature. So if you can't obtain the actual text on-line, you can research the books,
microfiche/microfilm, periodicals, journals, or whatever else may prove useful, and do that initial leg-work
before you head to the library.
Beyond the SBCGS library, some libraries that are local to the South
Bay area of California include the following.
- Huntington Beach Library (HBL)
- The Huntington Beach Library maintains a very large
genealogy collection. Although accessed through the library's site, the library
itself is maintained by the Orange County California Genealogical Society.
- Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL)
- The research
page at LAPL offers area-specific gateways. Simply select the checkbox for "History, Geography &
Genealogy" then select either "Inside LAPL" (to access content that may be available only at the library)
or "Home, Office or other" to return results that are available on-line.
- Torrance Public Library (TPL)
- Beyond the usefulness of any large library for doing genealogy research, the Torrance Library and South Bay
Cities Genealogical Society have a long partnership. The SBCGS "stacks" are even housed in space donated by
the library, for which we are very grateful.
- Not really a library itself, WorldCat is a network of libraries. The site allows you to search for items
held in your local libraries or around the world. Access to this material depends on the type of material,
your local library's policies, and the policies of the originating library.
Genealogy is not always a matter of finding information that directly relates to your ancestors. Sometimes the
non-direct information is important too. And that means historical sites — learning how the people lived
can tell you a lot, and may provide clues to understanding your ancestor's actions, habits, and travels. While
many genealogical sites will have history, these links are specifically for historical sites that can provide
insight on your ancestors.
- Drum Barracks
- Camp Drum, named after Lt. Col. Richard Drum and originally built by the Union forces in 1861 as a hedge
against southern sympathies rising in the Los Angeles area during the Civil War, survives with a single
wooden building. This building, now known as the Drum Barracks Museum, exists to teach about the role of
California during the Civil War. It is open for all with a focus on children.
Beyond libraries and histories are the indexes, search engines, and directories that inform your research. While
most of us know about the major search engines and use them all the time, there are lesser-known resources that
are all too frequently missed. Some of those are listed here.
- @LA History
- The @LA website is a general directory to happenings goings on, in, and around Los Angeles and its
surrounding cities. This link is to the section of the site devoted to genealogical research.
- Internet Archive
- This is a general archive of all that is "web" and even includes the Wayback Machine, an archive
of old web sites. For genealogical issues, check the Texts, Video, and Audio
archives, linked at the top of Internet Archive's home page.