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Genealogy Databases

The Dallas Public Library maintains subscriptions to databases for our patrons to utilize for research. Some of the databases may be accessed from your home computer using your Dallas Public Library card to log in. These databases are marked by an asterisk (*). Others may be used free of charge only in the library, and some may require no login at all. The level of access is noted for each database, but all of them may be accessed free of charge in the Genealogy Section of the Dallas Public Library.

 

Ancestrylibrary.com

[Free in-library use only]

Ancestry Library Edition provides unprecedented access to family history via documents that record the lineage of individuals from North America, the U.K., Europe, Australia, and more. Ancestry Library Edition, the world's most popular consumer online genealogy resource, includes more than 7,000 databases of family information available to you via the library.

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American Ancestors

[Free in-library use only]

American Ancestors is a collection of more than 500 searchable resources maintained by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, including: vital, probate, cemetery, church, and other records for New England, New York, Canada, and beyond. American Ancestors also has a large collection of periodicals including The New England Historical & Genealogical Register, The American Genealogist, The Virginia Genealogist.

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HeritageQuest *

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HeritageQuest Online provides libraries with a unique and growing collection of research materials for genealogists and historians. It includes the digitized UMI Genealogy & Local History Collection, 1790-1930 U.S. Federal Census, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), the Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, the Freedman's Bank records and Private Relief Actions, and Memorials and Petitions from the Lexis Nexis® U.S. Serial Set. This premiere genealogy database is distributed exclusively by ProQuest to the library market and is an excellent complement to Ancestry Library Edition.

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Fold3 History and Genealogy Archives *

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Fold3 provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. Through a close relationship with the United States National Archives and the Library of Congress, Fold3 is the leading provider of digitized original documents.

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Dallas Morning News Archive *

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The Dallas Morning News Historical Archive (1885-1984) is a unique genealogical and historical collection featuring digital facsimiles of newspaper issues that document major events in Texas, as reported by this leading metropolitan daily newspaper. This archive is a valuable resource for genealogical research, providing obituaries, marriage and birth announcements, biographical sketches and much more. The text is fully searchable from cover to cover, and researchers can browse by date and topic or view PDFs of full pages or individual articles, photos, graphics, maps, political cartoons, editorials, obituaries, display and classified advertisements, recipes -- indeed the complete content of each issue of this renowned newspaper for nearly 100 years.

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America's Obituaries & Death Notices *

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The largest and most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices. Extensive editorial review of all newspaper sections ensures thorough selection of obituaries for easy access. An easy-to-use interface allows searching by name, date range, or text such as institutional name, social affiliation(s), geographic location(s), philanthropic activities, etc.

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Genealogy Bank *

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Quickly find your ancestors in over 300 years of historical newspapers, books, pamphlets and government reports. Search over 1,000 newspapers; the American State Papers; US Congressional Serial Set and more. Find obituaries, birth & marriage notices; pension records etc. Read every article on every page of the newspaper.

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American Indian Histories and Cultures *

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Explore manuscripts, artwork and rare printed books dating from the earliest contact with European settlers right up to photographs and newspapers from the mid-twentieth century. Browse through a wide range of rare and original documents from treaties, speeches and diaries, to historic maps and travel journals.

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The American West *

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Sourced from the Everett D. Graff Collection at the Newberry Library, Chicago, 'The American West' allows browsers to explore tales of frontier life, Pioneers, Wild West shows, the Gold Rush, vigilantes and outlaws. Document types include: manuscripts, trade cards, wanted posters, photographs, claim certificates, news sheets, rare printed works, brand books, broadsides, correspondence, diaries, directories, journals, pamphlets, periodicals, and artworks. Full color. Searchable. Multiple added features.

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Bibliography of Native North Americans *

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Bibliography of Native North Americans (BNNA) is a bibliographic database covering all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life. This resource covers a wide range of topics including archaeology, multicultural relations, gaming, governance, legend, and literacy. BNNA contains more than 122,000 citations for books, essays, journal articles, and government documents of the United States and Canada. Dates of coverage for included content range from the sixteenth century to the present.

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Marquis Who's Who

[Free in-library use only]

Marquis Biographies Online, a 'high-speed', searchable online database, features comprehensive profiles on over 1.5 million of the most accomplished individuals from all fields of endeavor including: government, business, science and technology, the arts, entertainment, and sports. Recognized globally since 1899 as the premier biographical data provider, Marquis Who's Who now gives you the ability to conduct powerful searches of its entire database of achievers from around the globe. Search by name, gender, occupation, geography, hobbies and interests, religion and much more. [ back to the top ]


ReferenceUSA *

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Contains basic directory information for more than 210 million U.S. residents and 14 million businesses in all zip code areas of the United States. Information includes name of business, address, telephone number, headquarters, branch and subsidiaries identification, SIC codes, yellow pages headings, ticker symbol, credit rating, number of employees, and estimated sales volume. Also includes some federal, state, and municipal offices.

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Handbook of Texas

An encyclopedia of Texas history, geography, and culture comprising more than 23,000 articles on people, places, events, historical themes, institutions. Provide concise, authoritative, and accessible articles that provide factual, nonpartisan accounts on virtually every aspect of Texas history and culture.

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Texas Digital Sanborn Maps *

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Sanborn fire insurance maps are the most frequently consulted maps in both public and academic libraries. Sanborn maps are valuable historical tools for genealogists, local historians, and anyone who wants to learn about the history, growth, and development of American cities, towns, and neighborhoods. They are large-scale plans containing data that can be used to estimate the potential risk for urban structures. The maps also give street names, street and sidewalk widths, property boundaries, building use, and house and block numbers.

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WorldCat® *

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OCLC WorldCat® (the OCLC Online Union Catalog) (WorldCat®) OCLC catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

  • Contains all the records cataloged by OCLC member libraries
  • Offers over 179 million bibliographic records
  • Includes records representing 400 languages

WorldCat® is a registered trademark and is used with the permission of OCLC and the OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.

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Notes

* Indicates free remote access with valid Dallas Public Library card. Access to all databases is free in the genealogy section. No library card is required.

** All registered trademark product logos used with permission.

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