Genealogy eBooks & Digital
Ancestry Library Edition
FREE access to more than 7,000 databases, including U.S. Federal Census schedules 1790-1940, immigration passenger lists, vital records, and U.S. military records.
Databases are constantly being added and updated.
Ancestry Library Edition is only available by visiting the Genealogy Department of the Midland Centennial Library. Please ask a staff member for more information.
HeritageQuest® Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, convenient research guides, interactive census maps, and more.
Discover the amazing history of you with HeritageQuest Online. With more than 4.4 billion records, it delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past.
HeritageQuest is available on TexShare Databases with your library card. Ask a librarian for login information.
Powered by Ancestry®, this amazing collection consists of the following core data sets:
- Census collection contains over 700 million records from the U.S. Federal Census 1790-1940, and national censuses from other countries.
- Books collection contains over 22,000 family and local histories
- City Directories with over 1.5 million records from various US city and county directories during 1821-1989.
- Military Records containing over 2 million records from selected state and country military records .
- Wills and Probate Records searchable records included from all 50 states spread over 337 years (1668-2005).
- Freedman’s Bank records
- US Serial Set
- Maps & Photos
- Cemeteries & Obituaries
- Free Books
- General Resources
- United States
- Over 16 million digitized items from libraries, archives, and museums.
- Non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more - including the Wayback Machine.
- Over 25 million digitized items, searchable by "Full Text Only" to see only free titles
- Free genealogy records from southern states, military records, small torn newspapers, and Native American records.
- Discover your family history. Explore the world's largest collection of free family trees, genealogy records and resources, including a comprehensive wiki for research information and free recorded classes.
- Free recorded conference sessions and blog posts.
- Cyndi's List is a comprehensive index containing more than 332,000 links to genealogical research sites online.
- Free Genealogy Websites
- Started in February 1996, has more than 1900 pages of free genealogy records to help you find your brick wall ancestors and build your family tree.
- The Internet's oldest and largest free genealogical community. An award winning genealogical resource with searchable databases, free Web space, mailing lists, message boards, and more.Unavailable at the moment. Currently being updated.
- Free genealogy and family history online made possible by the USGenWeb Project volunteers. Search free genealogy websites for your ancestors by U.S. state and county.
- Site contains more than 400 national, regional and other specify sites offering research tips and useful links.
- This wiki for genealogy is home to pages for more than 2 million people and families. Its powerful search contains nearly 104,000 surnames and more than 989,000 places.
- The Allen County Public Library ACPL has one of the largest research collections available, incorporating records from around the world. Special collections focus on Native American, African American, military, and family Bible records.
- Index to 1.5 million U.S. Railroad Retirement Board Pension Records
- This website includes histories, transcriptions, surnames, home of the Texas friendly email list and family histories. A great place for beginners and professionals!
- Texas Genealogy is a genealogical and historical resource listing Texas county websites.
- This collection includes microfilm of the federal census schedules for all states through 1910, printed family and county histories, and a variety of Texas government records.
- This is a volunteer effort with a page for each county containing useful tips and online databases.
- The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper.
- Information about where to obtain vital records such as birth certificates, death records and marriage records from each state, territory and county of the U.S.
Note: Texas vital records can be obtained from the County Clerk's office of any county in Texas.
- Generated when ancestors bought land from the federal government. Five million records dating back to 1820.
- Genealogical records created by counties with interactive map.