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Online Reference Tools link

The following databases and online reference tools may be helpful to your research. To view our digitized collections view our Online Collections page or our Online Photo Collections page.

Ancestry - For genealogy research, use the Library's subscription to Ancestry, a comprehensive online source of information with billions of names in over 6,000 databases.

Austin American-Stateman Databases - The Library subscribes to several databases for searching local news articles.

Booklists - Variety of resources about Austin history, geneology, and more. Some items are in the Library's collection to check out, and some are available for use at the Austin History Center.

City of Austin Public Records - Access public records found in the Office of the City Clerk including:

  • Council-Approved Records (Council Meeting Agenda and Minutes, Ordinances, Resolutions, and more)
  • Municipal Election Documents (Ballot Applications, Contribution and Expenditure Reports, and Campaign Treasurer Appointments)
  • Municipal Utility District (MUD) Documents

Oakwood Database - A listing of burials in Austin's oldest cemetery, Oakwood, located at 1601 Navasota St. The names included in this database were extracted from centuries old ledgers preserved in the archives at the Austin History Center. The data reflects the verbatim transcription of these records dating from 1866 through 1918 with additional years being added periodically.

Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO) - Online finding aids (collection inventories) for our archival collections are searchable in this database which is hosted by the University of Texas at Austin.

Travis Central Appraisal District - Find general information about the Appraisal District and the ad valorem property tax system in Texas, as well as information regarding specific properties within the district.