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Welcome to the Library's Genealogy Section!
Here, you will find in print information and other useful resources to help you on your research journey.
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Other Helpful Genealogy Resources

Salem Press Reference eBooks
These books explore each era/decade in U.S. History. A fantastic research tool for genealogy or American History. The richly-illustrated text provides an interesting way to study a truly unique time in American History. Includes census information. If you are an active patron, please give us a call at
361-293-5001 for the sign in credentials.

Resources available include: This is Who We Were in 1492-1775, 1880-1899, 1900s, 1910s. 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, The Value of a Dollar, Working Americans: Farming & Ranching

1887 - 1987
View this book in its entirety by also visiting the Portal
 (click on book image to the left).
Portal to Texas History
Yoakum Newspapers - 1890 to present
Through the generosity of the Tocker Foundation and the University of North Texas, the Yoakum newspapers are being uploaded to this database and are available for research, viewing, and printing to

DeWitt Co. History
Book outlining the history of DeWitt County, Texas, broken up by major historical eras, with information about important businesses and families in the area.

America’s News through Newsbank:
Explore and stay informed on local and national topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues and more.  Features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources spanning the U.S. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device. Use your library card number to login.
Heritage Hub - Obituary Database
Explore your family history with the premier collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices for in-depth genealogical research from 1704 – today. HeritageHub helps you easily identify relatives, uncover new information and potentially unknown family members. Includes deep coverage from all 50 states, hard-to-find content from the mid 1900’s, and original obituary images. Access is available 24/7. Use your library card number to login.

If you are an active patron of the Carl and Mary Welhausen Library, you have FREE access to these resources (below) through TexShare. This database service is paid for 100% by the Library and made possible by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission funding resources.

Your account information will be verified prior to releasing the password.
1) Please click on "Choose Your Library" in the upper right hand corner of the TexShare screen, 2) Select the Carl and Mary Welhausen Library, 3) Enter in the password you have been given by library staff, 4) Click on "Access", 5) Locate the service
listed below that you wish to access.

HeritageQuest HeritageQuest® Online combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular ProQuest Genealogy & Local History collection and other valuable content. Powered by Ancestry® with more than 4.4 billion records and coverage dating
back to the 1700s.
SanbornMaps Texas Digital Sanborn Maps
Digital Sanborn Maps provides digital access to 2118 large-scale maps of 436 Texas towns and cities, including Dallas, Houston, Austin, El Paso, Fort Worth, and San Antonio.
TXReferenceCenter Texas Reference 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
NativeNorthAmericans Bibliography of Native North Americans
A bibliographic database that covers the culture, history and daily life of native North Americans, which is ideal for researching the contributions, struggles and issues of North Americas indigenous people.

Search Census - Find ancestors in the complete set of U.S. Federal Census images from 1790-1940, including name indexes for many years