Genealogy Databases

African American HeritageA groundbreaking digital resource exclusively devoted to African American family history research. Search essential historical records, including Federal Census, Marriage and Cohabitation Records, Military Draft and Service Records, Registers of Slaves and Free(d) Persons of Color, Freedman's Bank, & more.

American AncestorsUsable only within the library. Resource provided by the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS).

Ancestry.comUsable only within the library. Access 20+ Billion Records on the World's Largest Online Family History Resource.

BiblioBoardBiblioLabs offers unlimited, multi-user access through BiblioBoard, the PatronsFirst digital library.

China FamiliesThis site allows you to search across 60,000 names of men and women who lived, worked or died in China, between the 1850s and 1940s. The information is drawn from ten different sources, and you can search each one of these individually, but you can also search across all of them. There are many Chinese names here, as well as the names of foreign residents.

Densho"Preserving stories of the past for the generations of tomorrow.” Densho documents the testimonies of Japanese Americans who were unjustly incarcerated during World War II before their memories are extinguished.

FamilySearchDatabase provided by the largest non-profit Genealogy organization in the world. As an Affiliate Library the Central Library allows access to roughly a quarter of the 1.5 billion+ images that have been digitized by FamilySearch, with hundreds of thousands or records available for free outside of the library. Record access is available for both United States and International records.

Fold3Collection of US history resources - includes US military records, photos, naturalization records and more.

Gateway to North America: People, Places, and Organizations of 19th-Century New YorkFrom the New-York Historical Society, this database features over 1500 residential and business directories, organization records, urban guidebooks, and other sources rich in names and places that present a history of the people of New York City from the late eighteenth through the early twentieth century. New York was long the country’s focal point of industry, trade, commerce and immigration, and this collection features materials that track the city's inhabitants over time and place, where they lived, where they worked, and what they did. It also includes residential, trade, and occupational directories, membership lists for churches, professional groups, philanthropic and governmental institutions, ethnic organizations, and leisure clubs.

HeritageQuestGenealogy research database with United States census information, historical books, and Revolutionary War Pension files.

Historical Newspapers: The Austin American StatesmanThis historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time. Coverage: 1871 - 1980

JewishGen - The Global Home for Jewish GenealogyExplore millions of records from around the world, identify relatives, discover the towns of your ancestors, experience how they lived, connect with the global JewishGen community, and more!

Las Villas Del Norte

A genealogy database that contains 1,035,243 persons from Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, Coahuila and South Texas, as well as Zacatecas, Jalisco, Mexico City, and Spain. Ask a librarian for login.    Available in-library only

Obituary Database SearchLibrary created searchable database offering an obituary index from two local newspapers: The Courier and The Montgomery County News. Currently the database covers 1911-1912 & 1975-2017 of the Courier and 1922 of the Montgomery County News. 

The Portal to Texas HistoryContains collections across Texas from 1829 to present. Search the Conroe Courier & the Montgomery Chronicle as early as 1896.

Texas Digital Sanborn MapsCreated for fire insurance liability beginning in 1867, these maps show many buildings located in cities throughout Texas.

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FAQ

Is there a cost to using this service?
No, there is no service fee charged for using any of the seven stations. However, patrons will need to bring their own flash drive and/or blank media (DVDs, Blu-ray disks, etc.) depending on what station they are using. Genealogy staff members will let patrons know what they need to bring when they register an appointment.
How long will it take to scan my photos or copy my videos?
It depends on several factors, including how many photos, slides, videos, etc. that you have to scan and how comfortable you are with using the scanning equipment. If you contact a Genealogy staff member beforehand, they will be able to give you an estimate of how much time you will need to complete a given project and can help you register.
I'm not very good with technology? Will this be easy to use?
We have tried our best to obtain equipment that is user-friendly. There are printed and electronic user guides with pictures that will take you step-by-step on what you need to do to use each of the stations, and staff members will be there to assist you if you need additional help operating the equipment.
I own Disney's Aladdin on VHS? Can I copy it over to a DVD using your converter?
U.S. Copyright law still pertains to use of all seven of the Preservation Pad stations. While many VHS tapes and DVDs have built in copyright protection that disallow copying, it is ultimately up to the user to make sure they are compliant with copyright law when making copies using the Preservation Pad equipment.
What happens if the high-speed scanner tears one of my old photographs or my VHS tape gets eaten while copying?
The library is not responsible for damages incurred to your media (photographic, video, or digital) through use of the scanning equipment. By using any of the Preservation Pad stations, you are consenting to use this equipment at your own risk and discretion.
Can kids use the Preservation Pad, too?
We ask that an adult accompany children under 16 years of age when using the Preservation Pad.