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The Daily Genealogist: Long Beach Public Library, California

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Long Beach Public Library, California

Long Beach is a city located in Los Angeles County, California. The Long Beach Public Library has made resources available on its website, including the LBPL Digital Archive, which contains Long Beach City directories, high school yearbooks, and photographs from the library’s Long Beach History Collection. Click on the LBPL Digital Archive link to access the resources. Next, choose a collection by clicking on an icon.

Long Beach City Directories

The city directory collection covers the period from 1899 through 1969. Click on the thumbnail of a directory to open a new screen that allows for page by page browsing. You can look through the volume by clicking on the “previous” and “next” page links, which are located on the right side of the page. Click on the thumbnail of the page in the box in the center of the webpage to zoom in. Click on the PDF icon in the box to download the entire directory, which you can then browse at your leisure. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the downloaded file.

Long Beach High School Yearbooks

The yearbook collection ranges from the 1900s through the 1950s. The high schools represented are David Starr Jordan, Polytechnic, and Woodrow Wilson. This collection is fully keyword and name searchable. The search box is in the upper right corner of each page. The browse function operates as described above in the city directories collection.

Long Beach Photos

This collection, containing nearly 5,000 images, covers more than 100 years of the history of Long Beach. The collection can be searched by keywords and names, using the search box in the upper right corner of each page. You can also browse through the collection, which is organized alphabetically. Click on the thumbnail to open a new page with detailed information about the image. Click on the image to enlarge it. You can share, save, and print the images, as long as you credit the Long Beach Public Library. If you would like high resolution copies of images, you may purchase then from the library. Ordering information is available on the website.

Long Beach History Index

This database is an index to citations related to Long Beach history found in local newspapers. The newspapers include the Long Beach Press Telegram, the Press, the Press Telegram, and several weekly newspapers as well as selected magazine articles, pamphlets, and documents. You will find references for obituaries, events, some family histories, and more. You can search the index by keyword.

You can also research an address in the city of Long Beach through the history index database. Click on the Research a Long Beach Address link, and read the instructions on how to conduct a search. You will need to enter keywords in the search box that include the street number and street name. Do not include words such as street, drive, avenue, boulevard, etc.

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