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Genealogical Services at the Downtown Library:

We provide, Heritage Quest, Find-a-grave and on 6 genealogy computers. Access to these is Mon-Thurs 9-9 and Fri/Sat 9-6 and Sun 2-6pm. We also offer two law libraries on computers: West Law and Nexis-Lexis.

At the Downtown Library we have trained staff ready to assist with genealogical research, microfilm usage, archived Amarillo newspapers on microfilm, as well as a large collection of Family Biographies, County Histories and a good collection of pedigree charts in the Vertical Files. We have a set of rare Sanborn Map Books showing the development of early Amarillo and we have a great map collection, as well as a local history collection of newspaper clippings.

Family History Forms

Records Check List
Cemetery Record
Family Group Form
Pedigree Chart 4 Gen
Pedigree Chart 5 Gen
Obit Extraction Form
File Naming Template-converted
File Name Template Worksheet-converted

Online Services


MyHeritage Library Edition allows you to learn more about your family history and genealogy by searching through more than 5 billion records. Card authentication is currently unavailable.

 FamilySearch Family Search lets you discover your family history. Explore the world's largest collection of free family trees, genealogy records and resources.


National Archives has the census schedules on microfilm available from 1790 to 1940, and free online access is available through our digitization partners at any National Archives facility.
 Find a grave

Find a Grave allows you search for ancestors, create virtual memorials or add photos, virtual flowers and a note to a loved one's memorial. 


Portal to Texas History is a gateway to rare, historical, and primary source materials from or about Texas. The Portal leverages the power of hundred content partners across the state to provide a vibrant, growing collection of resources.

 DLPA Digital Public Library of America connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions.
logo-loc-new-branding Chronicling America lets you search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1963 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. 


The following resources are only available at the Downtown Library.

 ancestry  Ancestry is the world’s largest online family history resource and the best place to build a family tree, find new ancestors, and share discoveries with family.


TexShare Services

Services labeled (TS) are TexShare resources. You can access these services by using the TexShare login information

 heritageq (TS) HeritageQuest Online is a service powered by Ancestry. This family history resource is a great option and it is available to use at home through Texshare. 
 american west (TS) The American West lets you browse a wide range of rare and original documents including printed books, journals, historic maps, broadsides, periodicals, advertisements, photographs, artwork and more.
 logoEhostLg (TS) Texas Reference Center is an EBSCO powered database. It provides users access to thousands of full text articles from academic journals and magazines.