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Genealogy and Family History: Get Started

A resource guide for researching genealogy and family history.

Get Started

In Search of Our Roots

Use this guide for all of your information needs about genealogy and family history resources.  You can explore the content of each tab, or simply choose what you may need. 

  • Library Databases - use library databases to find reference, magazine & jourrnal articles on your topic 
  • Books / DVDs - find books, DVDs and more at the CCAC libraries
  • Websites - get started with sites that have been evaluated & selected by CCAC librarians
  • Citations - take advantage of citation tools
  • Ask Us - contact us with questions


Be sure to check our eBook Collection (EBSCOhost).  There are lots of books there about genealogy and heraldry.

See also the tab above for Books/eBooks/DVDs to search for each of these in AlleyCAT at all of the CCAC Campuses.

New Books - AlleyCAT

Italian Heritage Day - Heinz History Center - Sun., Oct. 5, 2014 • 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Tu e la tua famiglia are cordially invited to commemorate your italianità at the History Center with a full day of interactive activities designed with K-12 students in mind. In honor of Italian Heritage Month, local community groups and museum staff will facilitate educational activities on every floor of the museum. Activities are conceived in a manner that will allow all members of the family to work together to learn about Italian American history and culture. Intergenerational participation is encouraged, so bring tua madre, tuo padre, tua nonna, tuo nonno, tua zia, tuo zio, e tutti i tuoi fratelli, sorelle e cugini. Children 17 & under get into the museum for free on Italian Heritage Day!

Activities include:

Besides fun family activities, Italian Heritage Day will also feature an Italian American bazaar in the Mueller Center with vendors, live entertainment, and information tables about local Italian heritage groups, including Roots in the Boot, University of Pittsburgh’s Italian Nationality Room, Lucchese Nel Mondo, Mondo Italiano, Societa Dante Alighieri, Ciao Pittsburgh, and more! Learn how you can celebrate your Italian heritage all year round.

Italian Heritage Day is made possible through a generous donation from Mascaro Construction. For questions regarding Italian Heritage Day or the Italian American Program, please contact Melissa Marinaro at 412-454-6426 or


Children 17 & under get into the museum for free on Italian Heritage Day. Adults 18 & over: regular museum admission rates apply.

The Nationality Rooms - University of Pittsburgh

The Nationality Rooms are located on the first and third floors of the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning. The rooms were designed to represent the culture of various ethnic groups that settled in Allegheny County and are supported by these cultural groups and governments. Tours are conducted year round. The public is invited to experience their ethnic identity and ancestral roots. The rooms are also in use as University classrooms.

Jewish Heritage in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh's Scotch Irish Heritage


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