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Coming to America - Migration and Transnational Identity: Online Sources

Migration Map Assignment

Places to go for genealogical research help

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide access to microfilms and microfiche to help patrons identify their ancestors.

Oakland Regional Family History Center
4766 Lincoln Avenue
Oakland, CA 94602
(510) 531-3905

2949 Stone Valley Rd
Alamo, CA

3700 Concord Blvd
Concord, CA




Online mapping tools

Google Tour Builder  Tour Builder is a new way to show people the places you've visited and the experiences you had along the way using Google Earth. It lets you pick the locations right on the map, add in photos, text, and video, and then share your creation.

StoryMaps  StoryMap  is a free tool to help you tell stories on the web that highlight the locations of a series of events.

Genealogical databases

Ancestry Library : Public records and genealogy tools for the family historian. Includes census, military, court, land, probate, vital and church records; directories; passenger lists, and moreEmphasis on immigrant lists, passenger lists, and other public documents. This database is available at the Main and branch libraries of the Berkeley Public, Oakland Public, and San Francisco Public Library, but not outside library facilities.

HeritageQuest Public records and genealogy tools for the family historian. Emphasis on records from newspapers, local history books and documents.  Access through Ms. Bogas (Oakland Public Library , San Francisco Public, or  Contra Costa Public)

MyHeritage  Research genealogy at the library or from the comfort of your home with MyHeritage!  (Access through Ms. Bogas)

  • More than 5 billion historical ​records from all over the world
  • The USA federal census (1790-1940) and the UK census (1841-1901) with images​
  • 1.5 billion exclusive family tree profiles from MyHeritage and Geni
  • 816 million US public records
  • Hundreds of millions of Nordic records
  • More than a hundred million tombstone photos
  • More than 80 million historical photographs
  • Military records, immigration records and passenger lists
  • Citizenship & naturalization records
  • Directories, guides, references, biographies and yearbooks
  • Government, land and court records
  • Wills and probate records
  • Exclusive databases such as the Jewish Chronicle historical newspaper
  • Additional content under license including Tributes obituaries, WikiTree, Billion Graves, Canadian Headstones and many others
  • 200 million additional records added on average every month


Reputable Websites

Family Search - non-profit service sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Cyndi's List  - This is a gateway to thousands of genealogy web links. Categories include African Americans, German, LDS & Family History Centers, and Scotland to name a few. A particularly helpful feature is the Surnames, Family Associations & Family Newsletters section which gives hundreds of sites arranged alphabetically by surname.

Ellis Island

Ellis Island - Advanced Passenger Search

​Search arrivals from 1892-1924 by many parameters, including ethnicity. You can also search "sounds like" variations of last names. Free registration required to view results.