The library is an excellent place to research your family tree.The Reference Section, located on the fifth floor of the Broward County Main Library, provides a variety of materials related to genealogy and genealogical research.                       

Print Sources – Books

The Reference Section includes many reference books for individuals who are doing genealogical research. Circulating books on genealogy are located on the fourth floor of the Broward County Main Library.

Note: Books on genealogy are available at many branches of the Broward County Library and are generally classified in the 929.1-929.2 Dewey Decimal section. 


The Broward County Library’s collection of electronic books is available through NetLibrary or OverDrive.

There are many online resources you can use in your geneaology search.Reference Databases

Ancestry Library Edition (website) provides birth, death, immigration, marriage, and military records as well as information from the U.S. census. Access to this database is available only at the Main Library and the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center. Ask a staff member at the library for assistance in accessing this database.

Links to Websites on Genealogy

Additional information on genealogy may be found on the following websites:

ipl2: Information You Can Trust - website
This is a searchable and annotated subject directory of internet resources that provide accurate, factual information on many topics. To start your search, type “Genealogy” or a related keyword in the search box.

Access Genealogy - website
Information about accessing genealogical records, using the census, is provided here.

FL GenWeb Project, Inc. Digital Library and Archives - website
This organization’s goal is to preserve the heritage of Florida and educate the public about it.

Kindred Trails - website
With Kindred Trails, users may explore genealogy in Broward County and beyond.

Community Resources

Broward County Historical Commission - website
301 Harmon Avenue (S.W. 13th Avenue), Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Phone: 954-357-5553
Fax:     954-357-5522

Fort Lauderdale Historical Society - website
219 SW 2nd Avenue,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Phone: 954-463-4431
Fax:     954-523-6228    

Genealogical Society of Broward County Florida - website
P.O. Box 485, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33302

Jewish Genealogical Society of Broward County, Inc. - website
P.O. Box 17251,
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33318

Phone: 954-873-4403
Fax:     954-577-9247  


Updated 6/13