(Library Edition) database has added more than 220 million searchable historical records from Mexico, including new birth, marriage, and death records dating back to the 1500s.  These records are now available on the Ancestry site, many of them important historical records never before available online.

These newly loaded records will help Mexican nationals and the estimated 34 million Mexican-Americans research their family history.  Note that civil registration births and civil registration deaths records for individual Mexican states can list names of parents and spouses as well as the names of the deceased.


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Here is one of Alameda County Library’s newest databases for anyone interested in their family history, and/or genealogy.  World Vital Records offers records of over 1 billion names from vital records, census records, court records, directory lists, family histories, family trees, immigration records, military records, newspapers and reference materials.

Here are some other unique features found on World Vital Records :

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Besides that, one can access key collections: COMPLETE U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1940; military records; enhanced Social Security Death Index (SSDI) records; millions of newspaper articles; unique, exclusive local and international collections.

*If you are trying to access the World Vital Records database remotely, you will need an Alameda County Library card, or and eCard.

“Below are some of the main practical triggers as to why people search for their Ancestors:

  • Validate Family Stories – To determine if family stories about their ancestors are true.
  • Famous People – To find out if they are related to someone famous.
  • Historical Event – To gain a better understanding of an ancestor’s involvement in a famous historical event.
  • Trace Medical Conditions – To assess the risk of getting certain medical conditions that run in families.
  • Trace a Family Inheritance – To determine genealogical proof of a family connection for potential heirs.
  • Trace Land Ownership – To settle questions of land ownership by providing proof of descent.
  • Trace a Family Portrait – To see why someone bears a strong resemblance to an ancestor in an old family portrait.
  • Find Birth Parents – To determine the birth parents of an adopted child.
  • Proof of Paternity – to determine the biological father of a child.
  • Religious Tenet – To satisfy the tenets of the religion. The most notable example is the Mormon Church (Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).
  • Community History – To document a community history by understanding the families that founded and influenced the community.
  • Historic Studies – To provide insight into history through the scholarly study of a famous family, such as a royal family.
  • Heritage Societies – To provide proof of lineage to qualify for a heritage society.
  • Preserve a Close Relative’s Legacy – To learn more about a parent, grandparent or sibling after their death.
  • Preserving Family Traditions – To preserve family knowledge of ancestors who contributed to a family traditions, such as a family recipe book.
  • Preserve Family Culture – To allow families that have migrated to another country the opportunity to preserve some of the culture of their old country.
  • Resolving Family Trees in Bibles – To understand the names written into an old family bible.
  • Understand Family Letters/Diaries – To gain context around an intimate glimpse into an ancestor’s experiences and feelings.
  • Understand a Namesake – To learn more about the person you were named after.
  • Settle Ownership of an Heirloom – To help resolve disputes over the origin of a family heirloom.
  • Reconnect with Family –  To find and reconnect with living relatives.
  • Family Legacy – To fulfill a desire to pass on a legacy to future generations.”

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If you have any of the above questions or some that are not listed, volunteer genealogy docents from the Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society (L-AGS) will be at the Dublin Library THIS SATURDAY in the Group Study Room to assist you with your questions.  The Discover Genealogy @ the Dublin Library is free and all ages are invited!  Here is some more information as follows:

Bring whatever information may be available regarding the city, town, or where your grandparents lived in the years 1920, 1930, and/or 1940. if you have a flash drive, please bring it to save found documents.


October 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th

10:30 AM – 1:30 PM


Contact Dublin Library 925-803-7252
Location: DUBLIN BRANCH – Get Directions

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Have you wanted to discover your own family heritage but don’t know where to start?

Volunteers genealogy docents from the Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society (L-AGS)

will be on hand in the Group Study Room every Saturday in October

to assist the public to begin their family history research.

Bring whatever information may be available regarding the city, town,

or where your grandparents lived in the years 1920, 1930, and/or 1940.

If you have a flash drive, please bring it to save found documents.

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This program is part of the Library’s participation in the Tri Valley heritage for October 2013. The Library thanks the volunteers from the Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society (L-AGS) for making this program possible.

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Our friends at the Livermore-Amador Genealogical Society (L-AGS) just released a new database of historical information.

Here’s the following press release by Richard Finn the project leader:

“L-AGS has posted a new database on its Web site which will be of interest to people researching the history of the Tri-Valley area. This is the first of several books that L-AGS will be placing online and in print based on the research of the late Mildred “Millie” Freitas.

“Millie” Freitas, 1919-2012, was a well-known Tri-Valley genealogist who hired students to transcribe birth, marriage, death and other vital data from microfilm of early issues of the Livermore Herald. She compiled it all in a typewritten manuscript in 2000, and made it ready to publish, but never did so for some unknown reason.

Our database consists of searchable images of the typescript, plus a newly compiled index of 11,000+ entries. To view the data, go to and click on “Searchable Local Records – Cemetery, Census, etc.” Then scroll down to the category “Biographical and historical data” and click on “The Mildred E. Freitas Collection: Genealogical data extracted from the Livermore [California] Herald, 1899-1913.

A book in print is in process and will be released in a few weeks.

Editors of the Web and print editions are George Anderson, Patrick Lofft and Terry Berry. We thank Doug Mumma for many contributions.”

Here are some more historical/genealogical resources available through Alameda County Library:

* Alameda County Genealogy Libguide
* Access Dublin history anytime, anywhere.
* Dublin reflections; and bits of valley history by Virginia Smith Bennett
* Fleet City : selected images by Steven S. Minniear
* Dublin by Mike Lynch