Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County

Introduction

 
Among the many benefits of using our library is that we are a Family History Center Affiliate Library which allows our patrons to have microfilm that they order on the Family Search website shipped directly to our library. We have longer hours than the typical FHC in this area which makes it easier for our patrons to view their films. We recently donated a state-of the-art microfilm viewer to the PBC Public Library in which we are located, which allows you to print images, save them to your USB drive, e-mail images to yourself, in addition to other featurees that improve the entire experience. We have a second film/fiche reader/printer in our library for those needing assistance and as a back-up unit.
 
Before using our library catalog for the first time, it may be helpful to read "RPL CATALOGING PLAN" on the left under the LIBRARY button to understand our shelving method. The first time you click on LIBRARY CATALOG please click on and read the "How to Search" link. These two steps will make you searching much more productive .
 
The library is a critical part of our mission. Our goal is to make the library as “patron friendly” as possible and to have every patron find the information for which they visited the library, or at least learn something useful.  We continually remove technically outdated resources that are available in newer formats, including the internet. We are open Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 4:00pm. Check our calendar for special dates that we will be closed.
 
We have gone to a genealogy library specific cataloging system (RPL  System) which patrons find it very intuitive.   Library volunteers have enthusiastically embraced the new RPL System.  For more information on the system, click on "RPL CATALOGING PLAN" on the left, under library.
 
Additional resources in our library include:
Our surname card file with about 130,000 index cards has been digitized and can be searched from this website, see the button in the column at the left of the screen. Over 80,000 pages of unpublished documents, many are family histories, have been scanned and can be searched electronically in our library. Loose materials in vertical files are currently being scanned. We have "Genealogical Periodical Annual Index" (GPAI) and "Periodical Source Index" (PERSI). Our volunteers are very willing to assist you, just ask.
 
Our four patron computers  have been upgraded to cable internet connectivity for maximum performance when accessing our information subscriptions on the internet.  The library subscribes to Ancestry Library Edition, American Ancestors (NEHGS), and others, through which we can access censuses, the Social Security Death Index, immigration lists, Civil War records, WWI draft registration cards, etc.
 
New in 2016, many of the unindexed family histories and vertical files have been digitized, as part of a continuing project, and can now be searched via computer, saving many hours of browsing. This makes these histories much more usable. These resources are only available at the library and not on the internet.
 
 
Some of Our Major Holdings Include:
American State Papers Indexes
Barbour Collection - General Index & Vital Records
Bussy Collection - Irish Books
Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, 6 volumes
Mayflower Descendant Vol. 1 to current
New England Register 1847 to current
Passenger & Immigration Indexes Vol. 1 to current
Southern Historical Society Papers, 52 vols.
The American Genealogist Vol. 1 to current
The Genealogist Vol. 1 to current
The Mary & John (Passengers)
The Rebellion Record