Genealogical Services at the Downtown Library:
We provide Ancestry.com, Heritage Quest, Find-a-grave and FamilySearch.org 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
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.
|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 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.
|Digital Public Library of America connects people to the riches held within America’s libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural heritage institutions.|
|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 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.|
Services labeled (TS) are TexShare resources. You can access these services by using the TexShare login information.
|(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.|
|(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.
|(TS) Texas Reference Center is an EBSCO powered database. It provides users access to thousands of full text articles from academic journals and magazines.|