Dallas Public Central Library

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Dallas Public Central Library
Dallas Public Library: J. Erik Jonsson Central Library exterior.

Contact Information[edit | edit source]

E-mail:[1] genealogy@dallaslibrary.org

J. Erik Jonsson Central Library Web Site


J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
8th floor
1515 Young Street
Dallas, TX 75201

Telephone:[1] 214-670-1433

Hours and holidays:[2]

Monday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday 10 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
The library is closed during major holidays.

Directions, maps, and public transportation:

  • Directions for autos from north, east, south, or west. Pay parking underground is located on the Wood Street side of the library. Wood Street is one-way eastbound. Use the first ramp for parking.
  • Dallas Public Central Library on MapQuest.
  • Getting to the Central Library via bus, or via train.

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

The Dallas Public Library has one of the largest genealogy collections in the South. It includes 111,700 volumes, 64,500 microfilms, 89,000 microfiche, and over 700 maps.[1] This includes state and county marriage, probate, deed, and tax abstracts in book form, or microfilm of originals for some states. Federal censuses 1790-1930, printed indexes 1790-1850, Soundex indexes on microfilm (1880-1930). The Ancestry Library edition database is available only at the library, but Dallas Morning News Archive, America's Obituaries, Handbook of Texas, Heritage Quest Online, Texas Digital Sanborn Maps, and WorldCat can be used on home computers with a DPL library card number. The collection also includes military records from the Revolutionary War to World War II, Civil War regimental histories, statewide births, mariages, and deaths such as Massachusetts town records, and Charleston, SC, deaths 1821-1926, Filby's Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, NARA microfilmed passenger arrival lists 1820-1950s, Black Biographical Dictionaries 1790-1950, and local-state-regional naturalization indexes. The Dallas Genealogical Society has also contributed census mortality schedule transcripts for Dallas County 1850-1870, district court minutes 1846-1855, and an online list of Dallas County cemteries.[3]

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Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Dallas Public Central Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

Similar Collections

  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, holds 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, and records pertaining to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, premier periodical collection, genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, passenger lists, ethnic collections, and Canadians.
  • Library of Congress, Washington, DC, Local History and Genealogy Reading Room is part of the world's largest library including 50,000 genealogies, 100,000 local histories, manuscripts, microfilms, maps, newspapers, photographs, books, strong in North American, British Isles, and German sources
  • New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, national in scope. Over 100 million name database, of vital records, genealogies, journals, over 200,000 books, 100,000 microfilms, and over 20 million manuscripts with emphasis on New England and New York since the 1600s.
  • New York Public Library Genealogy Division has an outstanding collection of American history at national, state and local levels; international genealogy and heraldry in Roman alphabets; Dorot Jewish collection; photos; New York censuses, directories, and vital records.
  • Newberry Library, Chicago, genealogies, local histories, censuses, military, land, indexes, vital records, court, and tax records mostly from the Mississippi Valley, eastern seaboard, Canada, & Britain.
  • Mid-Continent Public Library Midwest Genealogy Center, Independence, MO, national censuses/indexes, 80,000 family histories, 100,000 local histories, 565,000 microfilms, 7,000 maps, and newspapers.
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Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Genealogy Section" at Dallas Public Library at http://dallaslibrary2.org/genealogy/index.php (accessed 18 October 2010).
  2. "Hours" in Genealogy Section at Dallas Public Library at http://dallaslibrary2.org/genealogy/index.php (accessed 18 October 2010).
  3. "Genealogy Resources" at Dallas Public Library at http://dallaslibrary2.org/genealogy/resources.php (accessed 18 October 2010).
  4. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 107. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.