Genealogy & History

History Databases

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Logo: Texas Reference Center Database

Texas Refence Center
A collection of journals and books about Texas and Texans with topics including the State's history, its ethnic and cultural diversity, literature, public health, business, leisure, and more.

Logo: Bibliography of Native North Americans Database
Bibliography of Native 
North Americans
A bibliographic database that covers the culture, history and daily life of native North Americans.  Research the contributions, struggles, and issues of North Americans indigenous peoples.

Logo: ProQuest Digital Sanborn Maps Database

Texas Digital Sanborn Maps
Provides digital access to more than 660,000 large-scale maps of over 12,000 American towns and cities. Available through the TexShare Databases.  Call 214.509.4905 to obtain the password.



Logo:  ProQuest HeritageQuest Database

Combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized versions of the popular ProQuest Genealogy & Local History Collection and other valuable content.  Available through the TexShare Databases.  Call 214.509.4905 to obtain the password.

General Genealogy Sites

Other Genealogy Sites

  • (NARA)- The National Archives
  • Fold3 - A site powered by Ancestry focusing on historical military records.  Account creation is required, both free and paid options are available.

Vital Records

  • Genealogy Bank - A news bank pulling from over 3700 historical newspapers to provide information on American families from 1690 to today.  The sites' focus is on obituaries (back to 1977) and death records.
  • Social Security Death Index