While the library does not have a subscription to a Genealogy database, the following web resources are a starting point for anyone interested in researching their family history. Many offer a limited trial subscription. The Washington State Archives is another great resource for local history and includes sources such as birth, death and marriage records, military records, housing and land records, etc. You may also call the Cheney branch to set up an appointment with the archivist. Other local resources include the Spokane Public Library's Northwest Room and their genealogy library located on the 2nd floor. Local universities such as Gonzaga, Eastern Washington University, and Whitworth have their own archives with various historical records available. Please ask at the desk for additional resources.

  • Cyndi's List

    - A comprehensive list of helpful genealogy research sites.

  • FamilySearch

    - One of the largest free collection of records, resources, and services for genealogy research.

  • Find a Grave

    - Discovery tool for graves and memorials.

  • Fold3

    - This site features premier collections of original military records. These records include the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served in the military. Many of the records come from the U.S. National archives, The National Archives of the U.K., and other international records.


    - The largest online newspaper archive. Search historical newspapers from across the United States and beyond. Explore newspaper articles and clippings for help with genealogy, history and other research.

  • Rootsweb - a free genealogy community that uses online forums, mailing lists, and other resources to help people research their family history. Founded in 1993 by Brian Leverich and Karen Isaacson as the Roots Surname List, it is the oldest free online community genealogy research website.
  • Washington State Archives

    - Digital archives.