Online Genealogical Resources

Genealogical Resources on the Web
Below is a list of resources you may find helpful in your genealogical research.  Please visit our genealogy collection located at the back of the library to see our collection of resources not available online. has over 2,500 databases to search, some are free and others are paid subscriptions. It includes Ancestry’s Online Family Tree where you and your family members can add and edit your family tree. You can access this database at the library for FREE.

TexShare Databases
Texas residents have access to this database for free. Ask at the library for the user name and password. Included is Heritage Quest, Sanborn maps for Texas, and The Handbook of Texas. Heritage Quest includes census records, PERSI, 22,000 books, and Revolutionary War Era Pensions and Bounty Land Warrant Applications. 

Lancaster Genealogical Society
Their website provides genealogical information about the Lancaster area. 

USGenWeb Project
The USGenWeb Project is a volunteer project with national projects such as the archives, tombstone project and the census project, as well as websites for each state and county.

Cyndi’s List of Genealogical Sites
Cyndi’s List is the ultimate Links site for genealogy with over 62,000 websites categorized and cross-referenced in 120 subject categories.

Family Search
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints provides a place to search Ancestral File, International Genealogical Index, Pedigree Resource File, and Web sites. Also includes the 1880 US Census and the 1881 Canadian census.

My Family
At you can in minutes set
up a password protected website for your family to keep in touch. It includes places for a family calendar, picture album, family tree, chats, news and more. 

National Genealogical Society
The National Genealogical Society is a service organization that leads and educates the national genealogical community. NGS will lend many of the books included in the online catalog.

GenForum, Texas
GenForum is a bulletin board for queries.

Rootsweb’s search engine will search both Rootsweb and Ancestry. There is a genealogy bulletin board.

Texas State Library
The Texas State Library has a wealth of information about Texas. 

List of State Libraries & Archives
Each library and archive has different material. Check to see what is available in the state you are researching.

The easiest way to find information on this site after using the surname search is to go to the site map.

Freedman’s Bureau
The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands was established in the War Department by an act of  March 3, 1865. 

American Revolution
Provides hyperlinks to most of the best websites pertaining to the American Revolution as well as original material.

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors
Names and records of Union and Confederate Troops.

National Cemeteries
Search for burial locations of veterans and their dependents.