Family history probably wasn’t on Andrew Carnegie’s mind when he championed the creation of public libraries. Neither were road trips, probably. But today, the local library system he helped create provides the means for millions of people to trace their family trees. Here are the top 10 worthy of a genealogy road trip.
Some of those local libraries have gone above and beyond to develop incredible family history collections that draw genealogists from well outside their neighborhoods. The Allen County Public Library’s genealogy collection has garnered a national reputation and attracts more than 100,000 researchers from across the country each year.
A version of this article appeared in the October 2002 issue of Family Tree Magazine