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Local and online resources for genealogy researchers

Getting Started in Genealogy

Begin with the names of family members and include for each:

  • Relationship
  • Date and location of birth
  • Date and place of marriage
  • Date and location of death
  • Military service
  • Place and date of adoption
  • Schools attended
  • Occupation

Document the information you've gathered on your family from papers you or your family may already have on hand:

  • Birth certificates
  • Death certificates
  • Marriage certificates
  • Report cards
  • Yearbooks
  • Military service records
  • Photographs
  • Old letters and correspondence

To continue the search for documentation for what you have, and to gather new information, the next step is to fill in the blanks with documentation found through research and additional resources. While some of the documentation you might be searching for can be acquired through county and state administrative offices, many such resources are also available online in digital form, such as:

  • Birth certificates/indexes
  • Death certificates/indexes
  • Marriage records/indexes
  • School yearbooks
  • Draft registration cards
  • Military muster rolls
  • City directories
  • Census records
  • City and County histories
  • Maps and land surveys

Additional resources for getting started in genealogy research are provided below. The list is by no means exhaustive nor does the list represent an endorsement of any of the links shown.

  • Communicate with more distant relatives - they may have additional clues to your family's history.
  • Review the documents you have for additional clues.
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Local Resources for Genealogy Research

Arlington Public Library Genealogy and Local History Collection

Arlington Texas Family History Center - provides access to resources and databases not available online.

Dallas Public Library - Genealogy Section - one of the top ten genealogy resources in the U.S.

Fort Worth Library Genealogy, History, and Archives

UTA Special Collections - town and county histories, old city directories, survey maps, family papers, family-published genealogies and histories.

The National Archives at Fort Worth - the Southwest regional facility for the National Archives and Records Administration

Databases available free through UTA Libraries

Free Online Resources for Genealogy Research

FamilySearch - access to online resources compiled by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

TX GenWeb Project - a quicklink to this subdivision of the U.S. GenWeb Project

U.S. GenWeb Project

Find a Grave - a database pinpointing grave locations and compilations of cemetery interments with tombstone images and more.

BillionGraves - a searchable database for locating cemeteries and burial plots.

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries - a visual aid for changes in state, county, and territorial boundary lines will help you physically locate your ancestors. Records may suggest an ancestor moved, when actually the state or county line was changed.

County-Clerks.com - Contact information for all county clerk and court record offices in each of 50 states of the United States’ 3,143 counties and county equivalents. County offices have marriage licenses, divorce records, birth certificates, death certificates, and county judicial, probate, criminal, and court records. In some states, records may also be available through a centralized state office. (Caution: this website has advertising links to fee-based services.)

FamilyTree101

Texas Digital Newspapers - this resource provides online access to many early small-town newspapers throughout the State of Texas.

IMMIGRATION

Castle Garden - The first immigration center for the port of New York from 1820 to 1892.

Ellis Island - Search passenger lists.

National Archives - Immigration records online consisting of ship passenger arrival records and land border entries.

 

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