Research Assistance and Obituary Look-up
The Library Information Department receives numerous research requests weekly. All forms of correspondence are handled and responded to in the order in which they are received.
Although staff cannot undertake actual genealogical/family history research on behalf of patrons, we will gladly assist you in learning to use the library resources.
Obituary/newspaper article look-up service is provided free of charge. Photocopies and microfilm printouts are provided and may be mailed, or scanned and emailed as a PDF/JPEG or a Word document. For copies over 5 pages, a print/copy charge will apply at 5 cents per page for computer print-outs, 10 cents per page for photocopies, and 25 cents per page for microfilm prints.
When requesting an obituary or a newspaper article look-up, please include the following information to expedite the research:
- Name of the deceased;
- Exact date of death (day, month, and year) and place of death;
- Date and place of birth, if possible.
For newspaper articles:
- Title of the article;
- Exact date of publication (day, month, and year).
Please note that the microfilm collection is not indexed or digitized, therefore, we are unable to search by name or a keyword. We regret that obituary/death notice/newspaper article search cannot be performed without the exact date of death (day, month, and year). If the exact day is not available, the librarians will attempt to search within the month, as time and staff availability permit.
E-mail us at: Infodesk.Library@co.tom-green.tx.us to request an obituary/newspaper article
Computers and Equipment
Computers for database research (with no time limit) are located in the Reference Department on the 2nd floor of the Central Library.
Public Internet stations are available on the 2nd floor of the Central Library. Library card is required to use these computers.
Prints from the computers are 5 ¢ per page (black & white) and 25 ¢ per page (color).
Photocopy machine and scanner are located in the Copy Center on the 2nd floor. Photocopies are 10 ¢ per page. The charge for using a scanner is 5 ¢ per page (black & white) and 25 ¢ per page (color).
Microfilm reader is located at the Reference Department. Prints are 5 ¢ per page.
The following resources are available at the Central Library:
Historic City Directories
School yearbooks (collection incomplete)
County histories - books on the history of San Angelo, Tom Green County and surrounding counties
San Angelo Standard Times on Microfilm (collection incomplete)
Stalkin' Kin - publication of the San Angelo Genealogical and Historical Society
Map collection – various historic maps of San Angelo and Tom Green County
Texas File - Various newspaper articles, obituaries, biographies of individuals, collected by the Reference Department.
To view a more detailed list, please click HERE
If you are new to genealogical/ family history research, begin by reading one or more how-to-books, or visit an online tutorial. Here are some examples to get you started:
Melnik, Marcia Yanizze. 2005
Baxter, Angus. 1986.
Best, Laura. 2003.
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Croom, Emily Anne. 2001.
Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo. 2002.
Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo. 2002.
Clifford, Karen. 2001.
Allen, Desmond Walls. 1998.
Taylor, Maureen. 2000.
Crawford-Oppenheimer, Christine. 2000.
Helm, Matthew. 2012.
Quillen, W. Daniel. 2012.
David, Jo. 2000.
Groene, Bertram Hawthorne. 1973
Smith, Franklin Carter. 2003.
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Hamilton-Edwards, Gerald Kenneth Savery. 1983.
Szucs, Loretto Dennis. 1998.
Ancestral Chart (pdf) - simple four-generation family history chart. An ancestor chart records the ancestors from whom you directly descend and for whom you intend to compile a complete and correct family group record.
Ancestor Analysis Chart (pdf) - form used for organizing and analyzing the events in your ancestor's life
Family Unit Chart (pdf) - two-page chart to detail a husband, a wife, and their children. Produced by the Midwest Geneology Center.
Individual Worksheet (pdf) - worksheed to serve as a guide for biographical information about an individual
Pedigree Chart (pdf) - blank pedigree chart form to be used to record pedigree information
Research Checklist (pdf) - checklist for research on an individual
Research Log (pdf) - log for recording research completed or planned research
Ancestry.com (access in library only, or by personal subscription at home)
There is a wealth of information on the Internet for genealogical and historical research. The list below is not comprehensive. Rather, it is a good place to start and find additional websites for your specific needs.
We are open to suggestions from researchers and genealogists for other websites that would be helpful to our patrons! To suggest a link, please email the Reference Department: Infodesk.Library@co.tom-green.tx.us.
Texas.gov: The State of Texas website, official compilation of all state government electronic resources– useful to get state birth, death & marriage records and more.
Family Search: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints website. Contributed, non-verified research.
Family Tree Magazine: Variety of free forms for genealogy research
Access Genealogy: Good source of genealogical information, especially for Native American research.
The Freedmen's Bureau Online: African American History.
Dear Fred: Searchable database containing thousands of identified and mystery photos for genealogy enthusiasts looking for long-lost family.
Find A Grave: Privately run website with contributed, non-verified information on gravesites.
Cemeteries of Texas: Privately run website with contributed, non-verified information on Texas cemeteries.
FuneralNet: America's most trusted online obituary, funeral, cremation, and cemetery resource.
House of Names: Commercial site for family Coats of Arms.
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