Reference By Email

For convenient service, please email Information Services at or fill out the form below.

We are happy to answer your reference questions and obituary requests, as well as questions about our materials, eBooks, online resources, programs, interlibrary loan service, library policies, and more.  We will respond in most cases within two business days.

We are unable to perform in-depth genealogical research, though we are happy to provide obituary copies by mail or email. We require a name, date of death, and place of death to be able to locate the obituary in our archives. If you have a title and page number from a family history that we have in our collection, we can also scan and mail or email that to you, but we must have the specific information.

If you require extensive research assistance, you may wish to consult with a professional genealogist from the Association of Professional Genealogists. You may also contact our local Manatee Genealogical Society  (