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Genealogy: Suggested Subject Headings

This guide is highlights the most important indexes, tools, and resources for those doing genealogical research and family history. Although the Library does not support Genealogy, we do collect many resources for researching family histories.

Subject Headings for the Online Catalog

Personal name

[e.g. Rufus Dryer] (last name first name in the catalog)

Family Name

[e.g. Whiting Family]

Geographical Location(s):

Hanover, New Hampshire (hanover n h in the catalog)

Boston, Massachusetts (boston mass in the catalog)

Connecticut River Valley

Orange County, Vermont (orange county vt in the catalog)

New Hampshire

New England

United States

Yorkshire, England


Most geographical locations can be subdivided further by some of the following useful headings:
Archives Bibliography Biography
Cemeteries Census Church Records
  Directories Emigration
Gazetteers Genealogy History
History--Sources Manuscripts Maps
Parishes Peerage Periodicals
Manners and Customs    
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Registers, Lists, etc.
United States--History--War with Mexico, 1845-1848--Personal Narratives
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Regimental Histories


Other Subjects or Topics of Interest:

Many of the following topics can also be subdivided further by geographical locations:

African Americans Agriculture
Church Records and Registers Deeds
Epitaphs World War, 1914-1918
Family Folklore
Genealogy German Americans
Heraldry Indians of North America
Jews Land Grants
Marriage Licenses Mayflower (Ship)
Names, Geographical Military Pensions
Naturalization Records Names, Personal
Peasantry Obituaries
Physicians--Biography Prisoners
Probate Records Quakers
Registers of Births, etc. Ships--Passenger Lists
Swiss Americans Visitations, Heraldic
Wills World War, 1939-1945



(Text and resources taken from the print edition of: Jaccaud, Robert D, comp. Passages to Family History: A Guide to Genealogical Research in the Dartmouth College Library. Rev. ed. Hanover: Dartmouth College Library, 1994).