LOCAL HISTORY AND GENEALOGY RESOURCES
 
Although our collection is not as vast as that of ASU, we are happy to offer assistance to genealogists and researchers within the limits of our resources.
The local history and genealogy resources are housed in the Reference Department of the Central Library and are available during the regular Library hours.  
 
         Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
         Friday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
         Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
 
Librarians at the Information Desk are available to assist with your research, help you locate materials and use our online databases, microfilm reader, and other equipment.
 
 
           
 
 
 

 HOW WE CAN HELP

 

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:

For obituaries:

  • 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.

 

Available Resources

 

The following resources are available at the Central Library:

Historic City Directories

Cemetery books

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

 

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GETTING STARTED

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:

Books

Family history 101: a beginner's guide to finding your ancestors

Melnik, Marcia Yanizze. 2005

929.1072 MEL 

In search of your European roots

Baxter, Angus. 1986. 

929.1 BAX 

Genealogy for the first time: research your family history

Best, Laura. 2003

R 929.1 BES 

Unpuzzling your past: the best-selling basic guide to genealogy

Croom, Emily Anne. 2001.

929.1 CRO 

Organizing your family history search: efficient & effective ways to gather and protect your genealogical research

Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo. 2002.

929.1072 CAR 

Your guide to cemetery research

Carmack, Sharon DeBartolo. 2002.

929.5 CAR 

The complete beginner's guide to genealogy, the Internet, and your genealogy computer program

Clifford, Karen. 2001.

929.10285 CLI 

First steps in genealogy: a beginner's guide to researching your family history

Allen, Desmond Walls. 1998.

929.1 ALL 

Uncovering your ancestry through family photographs

Taylor, Maureen. 2000.

929.1072 TAY 

Long-distance genealogy

Crawford-Oppenheimer, Christine. 2000.

929.1072 CRA 

AARP genealogy online: tech to connect

Helm, Matthew. 2012.

929.10285 HEL 

Mastering online genealogy

Quillen, W. Daniel. 2012.

929.102 QUI 

How to trace your Jewish roots: discovering your unique history

David, Jo. 2000.

929.1 DAV 

Tracing your Civil War ancestor

Groene, Bertram Hawthorne. 1973

929.3 GRO 

A genealogist's guide to discovering your African-American ancestors: how to find and record your unique heritage

Smith, Franklin Carter. 2003.

R 929.1 SMI 

In search of British ancestry

Hamilton-Edwards, Gerald Kenneth Savery. 1983.

929.1 HAM 

They Became Americans: Finding Naturalization Records and Ethnic Origins

Szucs, Loretto Dennis. 1998.

929.1072 SZU

 

Free Online Guides for Beginner Genealogists

Introduction to Genealogy: an online course

Genealogy Learning Center

 

Genealogy Forms 

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

 

 

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GENEALOGY DATABASES
 
The library offers free access to these subscription-based resources (valid Tom Green County Library card required):

Ancestry.com  (access in library only, or by personal subscription at home)

HeritageQuest Online

Texas Digital Sanborn Maps

 
 
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BEST OF THE WEB

 

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.

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

LoneStar Genealogy

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Access to Archival Databases

American Memory Project

RootsWeb

Genealogy.com

Cyndi's List

Family Search: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints website. Contributed, non-verified research.

National Genealogical Society

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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LOCAL RESOURCES
 
WEST TEXAS COLLECTION
Suzanne Campbell, Head
Phone: (325) 942-2164
 
SAN ANGELO GENEALOGICAL AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY 
Susan E. Ball, President
P.O. Box 3453
San Angelo, Tx 76902
Meetings: 1st Tuesday Sept - May at 7:00 pm - Fellowship Hall at Trinity Lutheran Church 

3536 YMCA Dr., San Angelo, TX 76904

Phone: (325) 942-5741
 
TOM GREEN COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Suzanne Campbell
3801 Millbrook Dr.
San Angelo, Tx 76904
Phone: (325) 949-5585
 
TOM GREEN COUNTY HISTORICAL COMMISSION
Golda M. Foster
P.O. Box 1625
San Angelo, Tx 76902
Phone: (325) 655-1380 (Foster residence)
 
BUFFALO SOLDIERS LIVING HISTORY
Bob Bluthardt 
630 S. Oakes St.
San Angelo, Tx 76903
Phone: (325) 481-2646
 
CONCHO VALLEY ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY
Larry Riemenschneider
4222 N. Third Road
Miles, Tx 76861
Phone: (325) 653-8216
 
DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REV./POCAHONTAS CHPT.
Joyce Gray
598 LINDELL AVE.
Mertzon, Tx 76941
Phone: (325) 650-2507
 
DAUGHTERS OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE
Jeannie Sklenarik 
502 W. 1ST ST.
Miles, TX 76861
Phone: (325) 468-7291
 
DAUGHTERS OF THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS
Joyce Gray
 
FT. CONCHO INFANTRY/CALVARY
Christopher Morgan, Director of Education
630 S. Oakes St.
San Angelo, Tx 76903
Phone: (325) 481-2646 or (325) 657-4444
 
FT. CONCHO LIVING HISTORY
Christopher Morgan
630 S. Oakes St.
San Angelo, Tx 76903
Phone: (325) 657-4443
 
HISTORIC SAN ANGELO, INC.
Margaret Mallard
2174 Sul Ross St.
San Angelo, Tx 76904
Phone: (325) 949-4880
 
SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION (SAR) DANIEL WOOD CHAPTER #22
Otis J. Murray, President
210 Laurel Dr.
Winters, TX 79567
Phone: (325) 754-4601
John L. Sawyer, Registrar
6033 Lyndhurst Dr.
San Angelo, TX 76901
Phone: (325) 949-3478
 
SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS
David McMahon
1221 Tres Rios
San Angelo, TX 76903
Phone: (325)651-5095