Phone #: (361) 293-6321
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Welcome to the Library's Genealogy Section!
Genealogy Resources

Here, you will find in print information and other useful resources to help you on your research journey.
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The First Hundred Years - 1887 - 1997 - Yoakum Book

Yoakum Newspapers - 1890 to present
A fantastic tool to search Yoakum's history and obituaries published in the Yoakum papers.
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.

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

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