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Genealogy Research Guide: Home


Welcome to the FSU Ort Library Genealogy Resource Guide! It connects you to a wide variety of materials to aid your local genealogy and family research.

For specific inquiries, please email the librarian of the Dr. David M. Gillespie Special Collections, Liza Zakharova, at or call 301 687-4889.

 If you plan a visit to the Dr. David M. Gillespie Special Collections and the Rare  Book Room, please call 301 687-4889 or email for an appointment.  Your visit is important and this will insure that we can provide the best service to you.         


Access and hours of service are limited.


Obituary Policy

The Ort Library will provide photocopies of obituaries for your genealogical research. One or two requests for photocopies of obituaries from newspapers held by the Ort Library will be processed by the InterLibrary Loan staff as time permits.  Please include the date (month, day, and year) as well as given name and surname.

Please refer to our Obituary Copy Policy for more details, including the cost of the service.

You are always welcome and encouraged to visit the Library. The librarians and library staff will assist you with resources that are available in print and microform.


Online reference services


Ask a Librarian


Welcome to the Library's "ask a librarian" page. A librarian checks for questions at least once a day; excluding weekends, holidays, and unscheduled closings. You may also contact us at


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Maryland AskUsNow!

Would you rather ask a librarian in real time? Try Maryland AskUsNow, a live online interactive chat service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!  It uses the expertise of librarians to provide answers to questions and research guidance. Librarians from the Ort Library chat only during certain hours, so you may be helped by a non-FSU librarian late at night, but they have access to information about the Ort library and can help you use the library catalog or the library databases!

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