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Genealogy Research Guide

Article databases

The following databases can be particularly useful in genealogical research.

*Resources marked with an asterisk require a Tarleton username and password for access from your home or off-campus.

*A to Z Maps – check the Antique Map Collection.

*Access World News - print and online-only newspapers, blogs, newswires, journals, broadcast transcripts and videos, 1977 and later, with both a text-based and map-based search interface. Newpapers include the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (December 1990-current) and the Austin American-Statesman (1989-current), as well as 62 other Texas sources.

*African American Archives - this database and the two following are part of, a subscription database often used by genealogists.

*Revolutionary War Archives - (Select from top pull down menu).

*World War II Archives - (Select from top pull down).

*Archive of Americana – includes *American Historical Newspapers ranging from 1690 to 1989, and the *U.S. Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1980.

*Biography and Genealogy Master Index – provides citations to other resources with biographical information.

*Dallas Morning News: Current (since August 1984; including indexed death notices from 12/29/02) or Historical (October 1885 through 1984).

Handbook of Texas Online – a free resource provided by the Texas State Historical Commission, it is especially useful for information on the history of places in Texas.

*Heritage Quest – available through the Texas State Library’s TexShare program, this database includes the U.S. Federal Census from 1790-1940 (with most years searchable by name), the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), Revolutionary War Pension Applications and Bounty Land Warrant Applications and Freedman's Bank Records, and over 28,000 searchable family and local histories.

In the First Person – an index to English language personal narratives, including letters, diaries, memoirs, autobiographies, and oral histories.

*Lexis-Nexis Academic or *WestLawNext - sometimes a legal case involving a family member will provide clues in your family history.

New York Times: Current (including 2011 through the present) or *Historical (1851-2010), the latter via *ProQuest.

*Texas Digital Sanborn Maps– available through the Texas State Library’s TexShare program, Sanborn fire insurance maps ranging from 1867 through 1970 have been digitized for 436 Texas communities, including most county seats. Sanborn maps can help document the history of land and buildings. The Texas Historical Commission has a guide to using Sanborn maps (start with “Finding the Location” when using the maps through Tarleton). Color versions of Sanborn Maps of Texas from 1877 through 1922 are available in the University of Texas Perry-Castañeda Map Collection Online. 

If the person you are researching was associated with Tarleton State University (student, faculty, staff), also try:

Grassburr Yearbook Archives – via the Portal to Texas History (a free website), it currently includes yearbooks from 1970 through 2012, with earlier and more recent yearbooks to be added later.

J-TAC Newspaper Archive – via the Portal to Texas History, it currently includes digitized J-Tac student newspapers from the first in 1919 through 2007, with more recent years to be added later.

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Books, periodicals, videos, etc.

Tarleton State University Libraries Catalog - most of our genealogy resources are located in the Local History – Genealogy Collection or in Special Collections, both located on the lower level of the Dick Smith Library, and open 8 AM to 5 PM Monday-Friday (except university holidays).

eJournals  SFX

WorldCat through FirstSearch is a catalog of over 1.4 billion items at more than 10,000 libraries worldwide, maintained by OCLC, the Online Computer Library Center, Inc., a global library cooperative.   Search on a last name plus the word family (both together within quotation marks) to find genealogies and family histories.  If the name is common, add another term, such as a place, to focus on the most relevant matches.  If you find a promising source, you can see what libraries have it, and/or perhaps request the item or copies of relevant pages through interlibrary loan.  OCLC has a WorldCat quick reference guide for genealogy with more information.

LC Call Number Area

[CS] - Genealogy

Interlibrary Loan

If you need items that the library does not own, request them through Interlibrary Loan. 


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