Genealogy & History

History Databases

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Gale OneFile: U.S. History
Provides access to scholarly journals and magazines useful to both novice historians as well as advanced academic researchers.  Offers balanced coverage of events in U.S. history and scholarly work established in the field.

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Gale OneFile: World History
Access balance coverage of events in world history and scholarly work being established in the field.

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Gale OneFile: Military and Intelligence
Search scholarly journals, magazines, and reports covering all aspects of past and present military affairs. Updated daily.

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Gale OneFile: War and Terrorism
Gain valuable insight into conflicts and their causes, impact, and perception on a global scale.

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Texas Digital Sanborn Maps (1867-1970) 
Provides digital access to more than 660,000 large-scale maps of over 12,000 American towns and cities. Available through the TexShare Databases.  Call 214.509.4905 to obtain the password.

Genealogy Resources


Available through the TexShare Databases.  Search by subject and look for the Genealogy & History category.  Call 214.509.4905 to obtain the password.

Logo:  ProQuest HeritageQuest Database

Combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized versions of the popular ProQuest Genealogy & Local History Collection and other valuable content.  

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Convenient access to US Military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.  This continually-growing collection contains millions of records from world-class archives.  

General Genealogy Sites

Other Genealogy Sites

  • (NARA)- The National Archives
  • Fold3 - A site powered by Ancestry focusing on historical military records.  Account creation is required, both free and paid options are available.

Vital Records

  • Genealogy Bank - A news bank pulling from over 3700 historical newspapers to provide information on American families from 1690 to today.  The sites' focus is on obituaries (back to 1977) and death records.
  • Social Security Death Index