TCGS Library Resources

Distance Usage

TCGS Catalogue

The TCGS library includes 2,900 books, 450 periodicals, 200 CDs, 3000 microfilms and thousands of microfiche. Our catalog is separated into four sections to make it easier to access and to help you prepare for a visit to our library. Each sections starts with a page of hyperlinks to the content about that name (location name or surname) and a page that describes how to use Adobe Reader's built in search facility.

  • Books updated Jan 2014
    • Each book entry includes a short description that often include surnames or counties covered
  • CDs updated Jan 2012
    • Each CD entry includes a short description that often include surnames or counties covered
  • Microfilm and microfiche new May 2014
    • Films & fiche can now be found by using the catalog on Look for “Search these Family History Centers” on the lower left. Using the drop down list, choose 'Richland Washington Family History Center”. Then search for the location, keyword, etc. that you desire.
    • The Jan 1970-Jun 2001 microfilms for The Tri-City Herald, our local newspaper are also available. This set is not included in the catalog.
  • Periodicals updated Jan 2012
    • Major articles in the periodicals are indexed by surname or location and content (e.g., Benton County World War I Draft Registration). While you won't find every reference to a specific surname you can find index entries for articles primarily about that surname (e.g., WEST, Matthew, Family in N. Eng, Pr21.1, V9#7:20)

Usage instructions are:

  • * You can use Adobe Reader’s powerful search function to find all occurrences of a topic, place, name, etc.
    • Go to Edit/Find and enter the word or phrase of interest. Then use Previous or Next to access the references.
    • Click or Edit/Advanced Search and enter the word or phrase of interest. You will see a list of all references. Click each to access the reference.
    • There is no wildcard capability, but you can enter a few letters to find all the words containing those letters. For example, entering penn finds all occurrences of Pennsylvania. Similarly, entering Osbo and select Case-Sensitive finds all the Osborn, Osborne, Osburn, etc. spelling variants.
    • Enlarging the Search window shows the word or phrase with its surrounding words, and clicking on the item of interest takes you to its location in the document.

Assistance for Out-of-Town Researchers

Our TCGS researchers will search these resources for you for a fee. See our Research page for details.

Local Usage

Building Map

Map of the Richland Family History Center showing collection locations.

Electronic Books

Online State Resources for Genealogy compiled by Michael Hait. CD 950

Webinars on CD

TCGS has purchased the CDs from the Legacy Family Tree Webinar collection. They are available for listening to at the FHC (headphone provided).

  • Navigating the 1940 US Census by Thomas MacEntee. CD 940
  • Plan Your Way to Success by Marian Pierre-Louis. CD 941
  • Chasing Women: Finding Your Female Ancestors by Leland K. Meitzler. CD 942
  • Ten Brick Wall Tips for Beginners by Marian Pierre-Louis. CD 943
  • Building a Family from Circumstantial Evidence by Judy Russell. CD 944
  • Building a Research Toolbox by Thomas MacEntee. CD 945
  • The Five Cs for Success in Genealogy Today by Barbara Renick. CD 946

Library Location and Hours

Our Library is housed in the Richland Family History Center at 1314 Goethals Ave Richland WA 99352. It is directly behind the Mormon church which is at 1314 Jadwin Ave.

  • Hours are:
    • Mon, Fri, Sat 9am - 5pm
    • Tues, Wed, Thur 9am - 9pm
  • Phone (509) 946-6637.
  • Free family history classes are offered. See the Calendar or the Monthly Update for the latest classes.
  • Check out the online resources accessible for free at most Family History Centers, including the Richland Center.

TCGS Library History

Other Libraries in the Tri-Cities

Check out the area's Other Libraries.

tcgs/libraries.txt · Last modified: 2016/08/24 00:22 by janis
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