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Genealogy: Books & Journals

This guide will help you find information and resources on genealogy and family history. Click on the various links to access library resources plus reliable, relevant websites.

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Search the GSU Library Catalog

Search for books or journals at GSU with have the subject term of "genealogy"


Search for books or at GSU with have the subject term of "genetic genealogy"


Search the GSU Library GIL-Find Catalog
Note: Using this feature will take you away from this subject guide. 

For more complex searches, use the Advanced Search option.
Search Tips:
  • Use quotes to search for phrases:
    • "family history"
  • Use * for wild card searches:
    • genealog* will return genealogy, genealogical, and genealogists
  • Use AND and OR  to narrow or broaden your search. Note: AND and OR must be ALL caps:
    • genealogy AND records - to retrieve results that include both terms
    • ancestry OR lineage - to retrieve results that contain either term

Get Books From Other Libraries

Use the options listed below to find books not in the GSU library:

1.  The GIL Universal Catalog, allows you to search and request books from any University System of Georgia library. After you find the book you need, click the "Log in to enable GIL Express Requests" link to have the book transfered to the GSU Library. Requests take anywhere from 4-7 days to arrive at the GSU library.

2.  You can also check out books in person from any University System of Georgia library or Emory University's libraries using your PantherCard. Call the library before you go for information on their borrowing policies.

3.  If you still are not finding enough information, use the WorldCat database, which allows you to search the collections of libraries throughout the world. Books located in WorldCat can be ordered via the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) ILLiad system. To do so, first locate the book you would like to request in the WorldCat database. Then, log into  ILLiad with your library ID number (on the back of your PantherCard) to place a request. ILL requests may take two weeks or more to arrive at the GSU Library, so plan ahead.

Still stuck? Ask a librarian for help.

FamilySearch - Family History Books

Where's My Book?

When you search GIL-Find, GSU Library's Online catalog, get this information to find the book:

  • Call number
  • Location
  • Status (Checked Out, Not Checked Out, Renewed, etc.)

These web pages provide more information

Still can't find your book? Here are your options:

  1. Ask for help at the User Services desk on Library North 1
  2. Use the Universal Catalog and the GIL Express service to get the book from another University System of Georgia library.