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 patron in the Genealogy collection The genealogy collection is one of the largest in Southern California and has a strong emphasis on the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries in the United States.

Genealogy staff has created user guides to assist patrons in using some of the more complex or difficult sources in the collection.

To find items in the collection, search the Carlsbad City Library catalog.

The collection includes:

  • Printed books and journals, microfilm, microfiche and CDs
  • United States city directories through 1881 on microfiche and microfilm
  • County histories in print and on microfiche
  • County atlases in print
  • State censuses on microfilm
  • A small circulating collection of duplicate books

The Library has online subscriptions to:

 Access Newspaper


Access NewspaperArchive (available in the Library only)
Newspaper pages from around the world, dating from 1759. 

 American Ancestors


American Ancestors (available in the Library only)
Search more than 110 million names from the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS).

Ancestry Library Edition (available in the Library only)
Images of the U.S. Census from 1790 to 1940, the American Genealogical and Biographical Index, passenger lists and more


Documents on the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, U.S. presidents, historical newspapers and naturalization documents.

 Heritage Quest

Heritage Quest 
Images of the U.S. Census from 1790 through 1940, more than 25,000 genealogies, local histories, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Applications and PERSI.

The North San Diego County Genealogical Society sponsors the following programs:

  • Business meeting/sharing: second Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the Cole Library Community Room
  • Program/lecture: fourth Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. in Carlsbad City Council Chambers
  • Computer genealogy: second Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. in Carlsbad City Council Chambers
  • Beginning genealogy classes: occasional Saturday and Monday evenings. Please ask at the Genealogy Desk for schedules and to sign up.

N.S.D.C.G.S. also supports the genealogy collection by donating books and other materials.

Contact Information

Cole Library
760-434-2931 Genealogy
760-434-2870 main

1250 Carlsbad Village Drive
Carlsbad, CA 92008
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General Information

Genealogy hours
Monday – Thursday
9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Friday – Saturday
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Located on the second floor of the Cole Library.