How To

Getting Started in Family History 

Our free Family Search Center in the John P. Parker Library is a great place to get started with family research. But if you can't visit, here are some tools from Family Search to get you started:

Start with what you already know, write it down, and work back gradually to earlier generations. Don’t worry right now about “how far back you can get”—start at home. Interview your parents, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. Seek out old photos. Then you can add information from other sources. 


Have you ever been interested in discovering your family's origins, but never had the tools? Now you can take advantage of the FREE family history resources available at the FamilySearch Center at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Volunteers provide free, personalized assistance in tracing your family tree.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.


General Admission Tickets:

Adults: $15.00
Children (ages 3-12) $10.50
Seniors (60+). $13.00
Children (under 3) FREE

Advance purchase not necessary. For special event tickets, click here.

Plan Your Visit

Visitors come from across the United States and many countries to experience the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in person. 

We hope you will consider a visit with us soon, to experience our immersive exhibits that share the stories of freedom's heroes from yesterday and today.

PLEASE NOTE: We recommend leaving backpacks, large bags and large umbrellas in your car or at your hotel. To ensure the safety of the collection, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center does not permit visitors to carry bags on their backs in the exhibits. 


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