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 Genealogy Gateway Sites

  • Ancestry Library Edition - a wealth of valuable searchable databases. The library has a subscription to this site, so all databases are accessible when searching at the library. Many new databases are added each week. Digital images of the U.S. Census 1790-1930 are available, some with indexing. Also includes passenger lists and military records. Full access is available only at the Wichita Falls Public Library. Home users need to access and pay a subscription fee.
  • Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers - Search and view newspaper pages from 1860-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).
  • - The purpose of is to make it possible to search all of the world's digital newspapers from one place and at one time. allows you to simultaneously search across thousands of articles using key words and phrases.
  • - from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, renowned for their genealogical research, comes this genealogical search engine that combs the files of millions of names in three immense databases, as well as thousands of additional Web sites. Includes lots of digital images.
  • - a large, all-purpose genealogy resource from the publisher of the popular CD-ROM title by the same name. See how-to articles, links to useful genealogy resource sites, and search services.
  • (formerly - the web's premier collection of original military records. There is a membership fee, but you can sign up for a free membership to view some of the records.
  • - "The number one source in German genealogy."
  • GeneaNet - This site is free, but you will need to register to use its features. Contains helpful international links.
  • GENUKI - the springboard for genealogy research on Great Britain and Ireland.
  • HeritageQuest Online - includes searchable US Federal Census images as well as family histories, genealogical serials, local histories, and primary sources in full image. Provided by the Texas State Library's Texshare Program. To access this site from home, request the Texshare URL and password from the Information Desk at the Library - 767-0868, ext 234. WFPL Library card required.
  • Mocavofree access to thousands of historical records and growing every day. Signing up for a Mocavo Basic (free) or Mocavo Gold (subscription fee) account allows you to create a profile where you can upload family trees and family history documents and photos as well as connect with other members, get help from Mocavo Support, and get emails on genealogy tips and Mocavo updates.
  • - provides access to historical newspapers, including the Wichita Falls newspapers 1911-1976. Available at the Library only.
  • RootsWeb - great free site that enables you to search many databases at one time.
  • USGenWeb Project -This ambitious site grows daily, with more and more information added by its volunteer staff. Each volunteer adopts a county and creates a Web page for that county with all the information that you would possibly need to begin your search. Since there are many contributors, each site is different in content, but not in format. Keep looking for "your" counties and you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Genealogy Directories

Research Help

  • Atlas of Historical County Boundaries - documents county boundary changes in all 50 states. From the Newberry Library.
  • Soundex Conversion Program - The Soundex system is the means established by the National Archives to index the U.S. censuses (beginning with 1880). It codes together surnames of the same and similar sounds but of variant spellings. Soundexes are arranged by state, Soundex code of the surname, and given name.
  • Town Search 1.0 - Rootsweb developed this program that allows you to find the appropriate county for any known city, village, or hamlet.

Libraries and Archives

Genealogical and Historical Societies

Census Resources

Vital Records Resources

Land Records

Passenger Lists

  • - offers free access to an extraordinary database of information on 10 million immigrants from 1830 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened.
  • Ellis Island Passenger Arrival Records - Free registration required. Between 1892 and 1924 over 22 million passengers and members of ships' crews came through Ellis Island and the Port of New York.
  • Immigrant Ships Transcriber's Guild - over 500 volunteers work diligently to decipher and transcribe passenger lists which are then uploaded to the website on a regular basis.
  • The ShipsList - Includes ships' passenger lists, immigration reports, newspaper records, shipwreck information, ship pictures, ship descriptions, shipping-line fleet lists and more; as well as hundreds of passenger lists to Canada, USA, Australia and even some for South Africa.

Geographical Resources

  • Geographic Names Information System from the U.S. Geological Survey - "The Geographic Names Information System contains information about almost 2 million physical and cultural geographic features in the United States. The federally recognized name of each feature described in the database is identified, and references are made to a feature's location by state, county, and geographic coordinates."
  • The TopoZone - "is the Web's center for recreational and professional topographic map users. [They've] worked with the USGS to create the Web's first interactive topo map of the entire United States."

Civil War Resources

Resources in Military Genealogy, 1898- 

Cemeteries & Obituaries

  • Cemetery Records Online from - is a publisher of cemetery records and materials relating to cemeteries. Use their resources to locate burials, trace family history, and learn something about cemeteries in general.
  • - a free resource for finding the final resting places of famous folks, friends and family members.
  • - "America's most trusted online obituary, funeral, cremation, and cemetery resource."
  • Obituary Daily Times - A database of obituary entries from U.S. and Canadian newspapers.
  • Wichita Falls Cemetery Index - Includes records for Riverside, Hillcrest, Rosemont, and Lakeview Cemeteries in Wichita Falls. This is a very large file in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format.

Texas Resources

Native American Resources

African-American Resources

Other Ethnic Resources

 Adoption Resources