Genealogy & History

  1. Genealogy
  2. History
  3. Vital Records
General Genealogy Sites 

Other Genealogy Sites 
  • (NARA) - The National Archives
  • Family Tree Connection - both free and subscription based; provides access to secondary resources like yearbooks, city directories, Masonic rosters, and church records. Browsable by US regions or record type.
  • - A social networking site brings together over 40 million original historical documents and continues to grow. Partnered with the National Archives, it added and interactive World War II collection, which includes and interactive version of the USS Arizona Memorial, World War II Hero Pages and World War II photos. Other material includes the Matthew Brady collection of Civil War photos and UFO documents from 1947-69.
  • The Origins Network - The place to go for British, Irish and Scottish origins information. Subscription required; prices are in British pounds.

Genealogy Databases 
Beginning with more than 25,000 family and local histories, HeritageQuest Online is growing to include the complete U.S. Federal Census from 1790-1930, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), the Revolutionary War Pension Applications & Bounty Land Warrant Applications, and the Freedman's Bank Records. Available through Discovery Texas (Call 214-509-4905 for login information.) 

Digital Sanborn Maps
Digital Sanborn Maps - (1867-1970) - provides digital access to more than 660,000 large-scale maps of over 12,000 American towns and cities. Founded in 1867 by D. A. Sanborn, the Sanborn Map Company was the primary American publisher of fire insurance maps for nearly 100 years.Sanborn maps are valuable research tools for geographers, social historians, urban specialists, genealogists, planners, local historians, architects, environmentalists, and anyone who wants to learn about the history, growth, and development of American cities, towns, and neighborhoods. Users of Digital Sanborn Maps have the ability to manipulate the maps, magnify and zoom in on specific sections, and easily print them out. 

Each large-scale plan contains detailed property and land-use records that depict the grid of everyday life across a century of change. The maps provide a wealth of information, such as building outline, size and shape, construction materials, height, building use, windows and doors, street and sidewalk widths, boundaries, and more. The plans often include information and shading for steel beams or reinforced walls, plus symbols for stables, garages, warehouses, etc. Also depicted are pipelines, railroads, wells, water mains, dumps, and heavy machinery likely to affect the property's vulnerability to earthquake, fire, and flood. Maps also give street names, street and sidewalk widths, and house and block numbers. Available through Discovery Texas. Call 214-509-4905 for login information.