Genealogy is the study of family history and the discovery of one's roots. Tracing your family's ancestry takes basic research skills, patience and time. Start at the beginning - with yourself, and your generation. Then just keep working backwards - generation by generation. Organize your data as you go along. Take good notes and keep records of the resources you use.
Guides for Starting Genealogy Research
- Genealogy Learning Center
- Family Tree Maker's Online Genealogy Courses
- Library of Congress Guides to Genealogical Research
- National Archives Genealogy Information
- Austin History Center
- Austin Genealogical Society
- Central Texas Genealogical Society
- LDS Family Search Centers
- Texas General Land Office
- Texas State Library
- Travis County TXGenWeb Project
- Austin American Statesman through Gale (back to 1996)
- Austin American Statesman through Factiva (back to 1989)
- Austin History Center Obituary Requests (all dates)
- Ancestry Library Edition (available in the Library only)
- HeritageQuest (available in the library, or from home with a valid APL card)
- AtoZdatabases Residential Database (available in the library, or from home with a valid APL card)
- Access Genealogy offers links to mostly free genealogy databases and sites.
- Archives.com has the 1940 census.
- Cyndi's List features links to more than 180,000 genealogy sites categorized and cross-referenced in over 150 categories.
- DAWES Rolls (Native Americans)
- Family Search provides facts on individuals before 1920, and many of the LDS genealogy databases.
- Fold3 has military records.
- SlaveAncestors is a guide to tracing slave ancestors.
- Old Bailey Online has texts detailing 197,745 criminal trials held at London's central criminal court 1674-1913.
- Rootsweb has links to both free and subscription databases, research guides, and online community.
- UKCensus Online provides census records which were taken every ten years in England and Wales between 1841 and 1911.
- Where to Write for Vital Records tells you where and how to obtain birth, death, marriage, and divorce records in every state.