Find Your Family History for Free at the Library

By now, we’ve all seen the TV shows that show a celebrity having an expert trace their family tree so they can find out more about their history.  Now, research experts can help you do the same thing for free.  Four departments at the Enoch Pratt Central Library can help you trace the branches of your family tree.


The African American Department has 20 different guides to assist you in genealogy research.  Over in the Maryland Department, check out the U.S. Census records for the state as well as Baltimore City directories. In Periodicals, a collection of historic newspapers on microfilm or databases contains death notices, obituaries, wedding announcement and out-of-state directories. And Social Science and History offers basic guides to tracing your family tree with staff on hand to point you in the right direction.  To find out more about your family history for free, check out our Genealogy and Family History Resources at the Pratt.