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Genealogy Collection

Watch this segment featuring the library’s genealogy department that aired on the Finding Your Roots series.

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The Main Library’s Genealogy Department is an official Family History Center. The Main Library houses genealogical source material specializing in Florida and the southeastern United States, as well as local records, including school yearbooks and city directories, for Jacksonville, Clay, Duval and St. Johns counties. Microfilms of Federal and state censuses, 19th and 20th century genealogy periodicals, county and local histories, as well as material on the original thirteen colonies are available. Over 13,000 books, journals, CDs  and microfilms have been cataloged in the Genealogy Collection.

The Genealogy Collection is open for use during regular library hours. The collection is for research. Materials may not be checked out and are not lent out on interlibrary loan to other libraries. Copy machines are available for your convenience. Photocopies and copies from microfilm/fiche are available for 10¢ a page.

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Jacksonville Public Library also subscribes to the online database Ancestry Library Edition for in-house use only.

Customers can order over 2.5 million microfilms owned by, formerly known as the Genealogical Society of Utah. Films are available for 90 days at a cost of $7.50 per film, and will be delivered to the Main Library. They may not be removed from the library, and they may not be transferred from one library to another. Customers must have a valid JPL library card, and must order and pay for the films online at Online Film Ordering.

The catalog is available at Catalog Search, a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints website which is free and accessible from home. The site also provides hundreds of free, online genealogy courses. These resources are at the Learning Center, and cover all regions for which the Family History Library has records. Many of the record collections have been digitized and are available online, and the FamilySearch Wiki has up-to-date summaries of collections, courses and resources.”

You may contact the Genealogy Department at (904) 630-2409.