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Genealogy Section

J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 8th floor
1515 Young Street | Dallas, TX 75201
genealogy@dallaslibrary.org | 214-670-1433

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Genealogy Section Services


Family History Library Microfilm Loan

The Dallas Public Library is an affiliate public library of the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City, Utah - the largest genealogical library in the world. Through the affiliate program, Dallas Library patrons can borrow microfilm and microfiche from the Family History Library's extensive collection, and view them at the Dallas Public Library.

Patrons can browse the catalog of the Family History Library to find film/fiche to order. After choosing the microfilm or microfiche from the catalog (you will need the FHL microform number to order), microfilm can be ordered from the FHL film ordering center. When ordering, you have the option of borrowing film for a short term loan (90 days including shipping time) or extended loan, which allows the material to stay at the Dallas Public Library indefinitely. During the ordering process, you need to choose the Dallas Public Library as the destination of your order. Varying fees apply when ordering from the Family History Library. Please check the Family History Library ordering center for current pricing.

Generally, film arrives in two or three weeks, and you will be notified by email when your film is available for use. You have unlimited use of the film in the Genealogy Section for a minimum of sixty days (short loan periods from FHL are 90 days including original shipping time). Film may be renewed a second time for an additional sixty days on a short term loan or converted to an extended loan where the film will remain at the library with no due date (an indefinite loan). Please be aware multiple short-term renewals will NOT convert the loan to an extended loan.

Material on indefinite loan enhances our collection of genealogies and county records. Individual patrons have added over 300 rolls of microfilm since the start of this program and The Dallas Genealogical Society has added well over 600 rolls.

The FHL ordering system is only for microfilm and microfiche, not Family History Library books. However, digitized family history books from the Family History Library can be accessed through the Family History Library website.

Please note, the Dallas Public Library is an affiliate public library of the Family History Library and is not considered an official LDS funded family history center. Affiliate public libraries provide their own equipment and computers. Affiliate public libraries do not have a Tivoli connection to FamilySearch servers and do not have access to the premium websites found on the Family History Center Portal.

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Mail Reference

The Genealogy Section of the Dallas Public Library offers a limited reference service through the mail (not including Dallas or Texas newspaper obituary requests which are available from the Dallas History and Archives Division). The library charges a $17.50 nonrefundable research fee that entitles you to 30 minutes of staff time for research and up to four photocopies (additional photocopies are 25 cents per page). Prior to sending payment, it is suggested that you email genealogy@dallaslibrary.org to ascertain if your research request can be fulfilled using the library's staff and resources. To initiate a mail order request, please send a letter describing the information you would like staff to look for along with a check or money order payable to Dallas Public Library (Texas residents must add 8.25% sales tax). Your written request and payment should be mailed to:

Genealogy Section
Dallas Public Library
1515 Young Street
Dallas, TX 75201

Patrons are limited to one hour of research and fifty photocopies per month. Requests that do not include full payment or exceed the monthly limit will be returned unanswered. Patrons may wish to check with the interlibrary loan department of their local library as they might be able to order photocopies from materials in our holdings.

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The Dallas Public Library offers orientation tours of the Genealogy section every Saturday at 10:30 am. This walking tour highlights the most important parts of our collection and showcases our print and microfilm resources, military records, state and international research, databases, family histories, maps, vertical files, and periodicals. To schedule a tour or an event at a different time, please contact Manager Gayla Bush or Library Associate Ari Wilkins at (214) 670-1433 or genealogy@dallaslibrary.org.

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