As a public university research library, we do our best to assist all patrons . We are, however, reference librarians, not genealogists. Like librarianship, genealogy is a professionalized occupation, and genealogists have specialized areas of expertise, and use a specialized set of resources and techniques. There is, of course, much overlap between the work of genealogists and librarians, but the two disciplines are distinct. Like librarians, genealogists have organizations that govern the accreditation (International Commission for the Accreditation of Genealogists
) and certification (Board for Certification of Genealogists
) of professional genealogists. And, like librarians, genealogists have their own, self-governing professional organizations (Association of Professional Genealogists
and the National Genealogical Society
). In short, we do not purport to conduct genealogy, or to offer professional genealogical advice. If you would like assistance from a professional genealogist, consult the APG’s Directory of Professional Genealogists
. Our expertise is with locating the types of resources found in libraries–especially published sources like newspapers. We will do our best to assist you, and we will let you know when a question is beyond our area of expertise, so please do not hesitate to contact us!