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Local History and Genealogy Resources

A guide to the local history and genealogy resources at Coates Library.

Where to Begin


Local newspapers often contain obituaries, wedding announcements, and news stories that may help you explore your family history. Below are a few newspapers to which the library has digital access; your hometown library likely has a subscription to the local paper for that area. 

Other Places to Look

  • Historical societies representing the local area where your ancestors lived
  • Colleges and universities where they attended schools
  • Archives from religious groups with which they were affiliated
  • Archives associated with an occupation, professional organization, fraternal organization, or social group