Category Archives: genealogy

I recently had a DNA test to help figure out my ancestry. Now I’m not sure what the test really means. Do you have suggestions for helping me interpret the results of my DNA test so that I can understand how that might advance my genealogical research?

While conducting traditional genealogical study is the very best way to trace your ancestors, DNA tests are one of the available tools for enhancing your ability to determine your lineage.  Among other things, DNA tests can indicate the likely geographic … Continue reading

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I’m looking to learn about genealogy research, but I can’t make it downtown to the Genealogy Section at the Central Library. Are there any books on genealogy that I can check out at my local branch?

While we do hope that you choose to visit the downtown Central Library’s Genealogy Division (ranked as one of the top 10 genealogy libraries in the country by Family Tree Magazine), the genealogy staff realizes that not everyone has the … Continue reading

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I’m interested in finding articles that will help me with genealogy research. Can you suggest how to start?

The Genealogy Division houses hundreds of periodical titles, but locating specific articles can be tricky if you don’t know where to begin. Genealogy staff recommends starting with PERSI (the Periodical Source Index), an online database from HeritageQuest that allows you … Continue reading

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I am working on researching my family history. What are some services and resources that are available in the genealogy department?

Take a tour! – The Dallas Public Library is one of the most highly regarded genealogy research facilities in the country. The Genealogy Division houses an impressive collection of books, microfilm and microfiche. The department offers a walking tour highlighting the most important parts of our collection. The tour showcases our print and microfilm resources, military records, … Continue reading

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Does your genealogy department have any information about tracking down individuals that were better known to the police than to reputable sectors of society? Family legend has it that my great grandpa was a rascal who was frequently on the wrong side of the law.

It seems every family has stories they would rather keep from the light of day. Fortunately, the Genealogy Division has a lot of material that may help track down the skeletons in your clan closet.   Here are some books … Continue reading

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