Saturday, April 20, 2019

Genealogy Resources in Our Community

For monthly meetings in March and April the Tri-City Genealogical Society met at two important resources for genealogy within our community.  Attendees learned how two libraries can help them in their genealogical pursuits.

In March TCGS met at the Richland Family History Center located at 1314 Goethals Ave., Richland.  This is where TCGS houses its extensive genealogical book and periodical collection.  Also available onsite are microform records and computers with access to websites like,, and FindMyPast, just to name a few.

Computer Lab in the Lower Level

Microform Room
The facility is free to use and has liberal hours that make it possible for almost everyone to find a time to visit that works with their schedule.  You can find their hours here.  It will be worth your time to use this great resource.

In April TCGS made a visit to the Kennewick Branch of the Mid-Columbia Libraries system.  The library holds a collection of instructional genealogy books and the Tri-City Herald on microfilm.  If you find a book or microfilm at library outside of library district it may be possible for you to request that item through interlibrary loan for a small fee.

The library has a subscription to for patron use at the library and library card holders can access a few other databases from home such as HeritageQuest, Washington newspapers, and ArchiveGrid.  You can find these databases here.

For those of you who live in Richland, the Richland Library offers similar services and databases.

Libraries are a great place to find resources that can help you with your family history research.

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