Genealogy Resources @ Sims Library

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An introduction to the genealogical resources available at Sims Library, both in print and online.

An introduction to the genealogical resources available at Sims Library, both in print and online.

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  • 1. Genealogy Resources @ Sims Library Samantha Estey Reference Librarian Nicholas P. Sims Library www.simslib.org [email_address]
  • 2. Sims Library’s Reference & Genealogy Room Basement Level
  • 3. Hours
    • Tuesday & Thursday 9 AM – 7:45 PM
    • Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 9 AM – 5:15 PM
  • 4. Sims Library Website
  • 5. What is in the Reference/Genealogy collection?
    • Nearly 6,000 sources in-house
    • Family Histories
    • Vertical Files
    • Microfilm Newspapers – Waxahachie, various Ellis County, more
    • City and County Directories
    • Census Records
    • Various genealogy quarterlies and magazines
    • Oral History Project
  • 6. Popular Print Resources
    • ECGS’s Cemetery Records series
    • Waxahachie City Directories 1895-Present
    • Filby’s Passenger and Immigration Lists
    • DAR’s History of Ellis County series
    • Various genealogy magazines
      • Family Tree, Ancestry, Heritage Quest, UDC, etc.
    • Vertical Files
    • Ellis County Maps
  • 7. Zytron Digital Microfilm Machine
  • 8. Zytron Digital Microfilm Machine
    • Exceptionally clear images
    • No glass to touch film prevents scratches & tears
    • Automatic focus, auto enhance
    • Scan up to full newspaper page in one pass
    • Print or Email out images
    • PDF, JPG, PNG, TIFF formats
  • 9. Microfilm Readers
  • 10. Microfilm Collection
  • 11. Popular Microfilm Resources
    • Waxahachie Enterprise 1876-1931
    • Waxahachie Daily Light 1898-2008
    • Texas Death Index 1903-1976
    • Census Records
    • Ellis County Tax Rolls
    • Vital Records (birth, marriage, etc.)
  • 12. Popular Subscription Databases @ Sims Library
    • Heritage Quest
      • Available remotely from home with valid Sims Library card www.simslib.org
    • Ancestry: Library Edition
      • Only available on Sims Library computers
  • 13. Heritage Quest Available through the TexShare Databases
  • 14. Heritage Quest Available through the TexShare Databases
    • Enter the Surname, year and State.
    • Narrow the search down to County
    • Only search Head of Household
    Searching:
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  • 21. Heritage Quest
    • Census – U.S. Federal Census, 1790-1930
    • Books – Digitized versions of UMI microfilm collection consisting of over 25,000 family and local histories
    • Persi ™ – Periodical Source Index
    • Revolutionary War Era Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files
    • Freedman’s Bank Registers
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    • Sometimes referred to as Fire Insurance Maps
    • Large-scale plans containing data used to estimate potential risk for urban structures
    Texas Digital Sanborn Maps Available through the TexShare Databases
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    • The Sanborn Maps often included:
    • Building outlines, sizes
    • Street names, street & sidewalk widths
    • House, block numbers
    Texas Digital Sanborn Maps Available through the TexShare Databases
  • 24. Ancestry: Library Edition Available at Sims Library
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  • 31. Ancestry: Library Edition Available at Sims Library
    • Searchable family trees
    • Input by other users
    • Fewer family trees available in Library Edition
  • 32. Other Good Online Resources
    • Family Search: Pilot Site – Vital Records
      • http://pilot.familysearch.org/
    • US Gen Web Project
      • http://www.usgenweb.org/
      • Search by State, County
    • Texas Department of State Health Services
      • http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/vs/reqproc/vsulocations.shtm
      • Vital records for every County
    • Ellis County Museum
      • http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txecm/
  • 33. Other Good Online Resources
    • Find a Grave
      • http://www.findagrave.com/
      • User input cemetery details
    • Genealogy Bank
      • Historic newspapers 1690-1980
      • America’s Obituary 1977 - Current
      • Subscription site
      • http://www.genealogybank.com
      • Ellis County Clerk’s Office
      • http://www.co.ellis.tx.us/index.aspx?NID=74
  • 34. Family Search: Pilot Site Indexed birth, marriage, death, census and other records http://pilot.familysearch.org/
  • 35. Genealogy Bank Leading online genealogical resource from NewsBank, inc . Featuring a wealth of exclusive material-including modern obituaries and historical newspapers, books, pamphlets, military records, government documents and more. http://www.genealogybank.com
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  • 38. Obituary Looks-Ups @ Sims Library
    • Can’t visit in person? Call, write, or email Sims Library for an Obituary Look-up.
    • $5 per name researched
    • 20¢ per printed page
    • Nicholas P. Sims Library
    • Attn: Reference Dept.
    • 515 W. Main St.
    • Waxahachie, TX 75165
  • 39. Questions? Answers! Genealogy Workshop @ Sims Library
    • Presented by Pat Kemper
    • Every Tuesday 1-3 PM And Thursday 6-7:30 PM
    • 972-775-3074 or pakemper@aircanopy.net
    • http://gogsmembers.wordpress.com/
  • 40. Genealogy Workshop Covers
    • Tools, rules and tricks
    • Vital records and substitutes
    • Overview of U.S. Census from 1790 to 1930 (every form asked different questions)
    • Searching The World’s Records
    • Name Game, changes
    • Local records
    • Military records
  • 41. More questions?
    • Samantha Estey
    • Nicholas P. Sims Library
    • 515 West Main Street
    • Waxahachie, TX 75165
    • 972-937-2671
    • [email_address]
    • Thank you for your attention!