Genealogy Center

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Genealogy Center News

Watch the August Brown Bag Presentation for FREE! Monday, August 3rd at noon – Monday, August 10th

"That Splendid Little War" : Military Records of the Spanish American War, a Brown Bag program with Bill Buckner

Did your ancestors fight in the Spanish American War? We'll help you find out! Learn what records are available and how to use service, pension, and casualty records to seek and find your ancestors. This program will be available from noon on Monday, August 3rd, until Monday, August 10th. Visit www.ctgs.org or the library's video page to access.

Free temporary access to Ancestry Library Edition is being offered until September 30th, to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry. To access this resource visit our eResources page or click here and sign-in with your library card.

Looking for some reading material? Click here to browse books relating to genealogy that can be checked out. 

5 Genealogy Projects To Do From Home

1. Sort through papers. Do you have a stack of notes and photo copies that has piled up? Take some time to review the things you’ve found and get your research organized. You never know what you will re-discover while cleaning up.

2. Write a biographical sketch of one of your ancestors. Is there someone you have spent a lot of time researching? Put all of that hard-work to good use! Write their life story. Having a written story makes it easier to pass this information down to other family members. If you write a few of them, you’ll have created a family history! Make sure to cite your sources so future researchers know where you found the information.

3. Watch a genealogy webinar. There are so many excellent videos available for free online. Take this opportunity to learn tips and tricks to improve your own research. FamilySearch and RootsTech both have a large library of free video webinars.

4. Contact relatives. Call, email, or message your aunts, uncles, cousins, and anyone else who may have family stories. Information and heirlooms get passed down through different lines of the family. Maybe a cousin remembers a story that your grandmother never shared with you, or your brother may have a box of old photos just waiting to be scanned.

5. Research using the library's eResources. Log-in using your WMCL Library Card to access databases like Ancestry Library Edition, Fold3, Newspapers.com, HeritageQuest, and Texas Digital Sanborn Maps all for FREE. Click here for our eResources page.

What's happening at the Genealogy Center?

What is in the genealogy collection?

  • Over 23,000 books
  • Census and Soundex
  • Texas County Records on microfilm are available through Interlibrary Loan.
  • We also have 10 microfilm readers, 3 microfiche readers, 2 microfilm/-fiche copiers, 1 photocopier, and 7 computers with internet access.

Can I access genealogy resources online?

Yes! We have access to some great electronic resources. 

the library version of Ancestry.com contains over 1.2 million records including the US Census from 1820's-1930's, births, marriages and death records, immigration records and more.
a continuously growing digital database that has partnered with the National Archives and provides millions of original documents of historic and genealogic interest.
provides patrons with searchable genealogy content. Census images and indexes are provided for various censuses as well as access to 25,000 family and local histories.

one of the largest collections of genealogical data in the world with 2 billion digital images organized in three main places on the website – the FamilySearch historical records collection, catalog and online books.

Family Search Affiliate Library

a family history software service for linking old maps and land records to your genealogy research. Until recently, we were probably best known for providing online versions of the Family Maps and Texas Land Survey Maps book series, but that perception has changed since the release of our revolutionary First Landowners Project.
Access to this resource has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.
Available for use in any of our locations.
Available for in-library and remote use.

Create a free account to access the resources.

Available for use in any of our locations.

Available for Genealogy Center use only.

For more information about donating items to our local history collection, click here.

I want to learn more about the Genealogy Center!

Great! Watch this video and come visit us anytime.

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