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Genealogy Basics

Ready to jump into genealogy? This guide gives you the basic resources to get started the right way.


Thanks to Char Kimball, Urbandale Public Library (Urbandale, IA) who did the original version of this pathfinder.

Updated June 25, 2013 by Sarah S. Uthoff of  with book recommendations from Kerry Scott of and some other resource additions from Kathy Bopp (Cedar Rapids, IA). A couple of additions made Summer 2014.

Last updated August 22, 2019 by Sarah S. Uthoff

Cedar Rapids Campus Library

Benton Hall

6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA

Iowa City Campus Library

107 Credit Center Building

1816 Lower Muscatine Rd., Iowa City, IA