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10/1/2002
The top 10 public libraries' genealogy collections compared.
Books in Open Stacks Soundex Census Index US Federal Census Holdings Family Histories Microfiches Microfilms Online Catalog Periodicals Books Library
Complete 1790-1930: complete ALLEN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY 49.813 291,259 26,000 volumes 2% 201,398 100% of books and periodicals, 0% of microforms 104,266
26,800 BIRMINGHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY Partial (primarily Southern states) 1790-1840: complete, 1850-1910: primarily Southern states, 1920-1930: partial 79.420 11,500 95% 2,121 72,300 volumes 100% coverage
69,500 1880-1920: complete 1790-1920: complete, 1930: partial, plus 1850-1860 slave schedules, 1850-1860 mortality schedules, 1850-1880 and 1890 veterans census 100% More than 15,000 CLAYTON LIBRARY CENTER FOR GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH 95% of books, about 50% of periodicals, see Web site for microform, periodical, CD-ROM and map holdings 2,556 titles 71,520 book and periodical volumes 31,500 microfiches, 6,500 microcards
95% 52,000 Unknown 80,000 1880: complete, 1900-1930: partial More than 700 titles 90,000 book and periodical volumes Online library catalog covers 100% of books, but few other items. DALLAS PUBLIC LIBRARY(Genealogy Section only; not including Texas/ Dallas History and Archives Division) 1790-1930: complete
Counted with book volumes Counted with microfilms 85,000 microfilms, microfiches and microcards 60,000 DENVER PUBLIC LIBRARY (Genealogy Collection only; not including Western History Collection) 98% 7,500 All open, except rare and valuable books 1880, 1900 and 1920: Colorado and New Mexico 1790-1880: complete, 1900-1920: states west of the Mississippi River, 1930: Colorado and New Mexico
6,000 volumes 33% DETROIT PUBLIC LIBRARY 50,000 65% coverage (only items added to the collection since 1991) 45,000 1790-1930: complete 1880-1920: Michigan and various other states 400,000 (includes some that are not strictly genealogical) 8,000
1790-1900 and 1920: complete, 1910 and 1930: partial on microfilm, plus online access to the complete census Unknown LOS ANGELES PUBLIC LIBRARY 70% 1880, 1900 and 1920: complete, 1910 and 1930: partial Unknown 45,000 More than 10,000 More than 600 titles 100% (but not pamphlets and manuscripts)
22,000 MID-CONTINENT PUBLIC LIBRARY 100% Complete 45,000 1790-1930: complete 1,200 titles 250,000 90% coverage 60,000, plus 7,000 in the circulating collection
Counted with book volumes Unknown 1790-1810: complete, 1820-1930: New York and some for Connecticut, New Jersey and Puerto Rico on microfilm, plus online access to the complete census Unknown All relevant Soundexes THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY 100% coverage of books and 90% coverage of periodicals 300,000 book and periodical volumes About 1% 45,000
1790-1920: complete, 1930: partial More than 12,000 1,500 titles 1880-1920: complete, 1930: partial More than 100,000 50,000 PUBLIC LIBRARY OF CINCINNATI AND HAMILTON COUNTY 33% 100 coverage 250,000
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