Genealogy Research Database logo

We have many genealogical resources availble here at the library for patron use. We have an entire section dedicated to genealogy research. Our online databases are available below.

Ancestry library edition logo

Discover what makes you uniquely you! There are many paths to finding your family story. Whichever way you choose—tracing your family generations back with a family tree or uncovering your ethnicity with AncestryDNA—we'll be here to help you. After all, your family story is the story that leads to you!

Heritage Quest logo Discover your family history

Discover the amazing history of you with HeritageQuest Online. 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. Powered by Ancestry. Available FREE through Texshare Database. Please contact the library for username/password.

Beeville Bee Picayune logo

Collection of local Bee County Newspapers. Collection currently covers all available issues of the Beeville Bee and The Bee-Picayune from 1886 to 1999. This digital, searchable, online collection was made possible through the generous support of the Coastal Bend Community Foundation (CBCF), H-E-B Texas Grocery, and the Beeville Publishing Company. FREE.

Yearbooks archive logo

Our local collection of A. C. Jones yearbooks from 1898 to 2010. Also includes 1968-1971 yearbooks from Coastal Bend College ("Bee County College") and 1956 Skidmore Bobcats yearbook. This collection is not complete. We welcome yearbook submissions for digitization. FREE.

Family Search logo

It's all about family. FamilySearch safeguards more than 3.5 billion images on microfilm, microfiche, and digital media. Family Search's purpose is simple: to help people connect with their ancestors through easy access to historical records. We gladly join with others who share this vision. Create a FREE account to search database.

National Archives logo

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever. Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching a historical topic that interests you.

Ellis Island records logo

Create a free account to search for family arrival records in our database of 51 million+ passenger records. FREE.

Ellis Island records logo

Created by the Battery Conservancy from records at NARA, this free online searchable database contains entries for 10 million immigrants from 1830 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened. Searchable by passenger name, the database provides information including age, sex, literacy, occupation, country of origin, port of embarkation, date of arrival into New York, and ship name. From 1855 - 1890, Castle Garden was America's first official immigration center.

Cyndi's List logo

A comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online. Your genealogy starting point for more than 20 years! FREE.

Find a Grave logo

Find the graves of ancestors, create virtual memorials, add 'virtual flowers' and a note to a loved one's grave, etc. FREE.

Library of Congress logo

Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1924 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to 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. logo

Historical and government records can help you trace your heritage and build your family tree. The following resources may help with genealogical and family research: State archives contain historical information including state census, microfilm, Native American records, and pioneer certificates. The U.S. Census Bureau's Genealogy Page provides resources that may help your search for historical information, including the recently released 1940 Census Data. The Nationwide Gravesite Locator can help you find burial locations of veterans. The Department of the Interior provides a guide to tracing your Native American heritage (PDF, Download Adobe Reader). The National Archives and Records Administration offers genealogical workshops and courses. Topics include an introduction to genealogy and research into records such as Census schedules, military service and pension records, and passenger lists.

TSLA archive logo

The collections include microfilm of the federal census schedules for all states through 1910; selected states from the 1920 and 1930 censuses; printed family and county histories; and a variety of Texas government records.