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Books, Articles, Census, Films on Family and Marriage

I.   Library Resources and Tools

II. Ancestry/Genealogy/Family Search (TAMU Library Databases)

  • Ancestry Library (ProQuest)
    Provides access to genealogy resources, including census, birth, marriage, death, military records, immigration & travel, newspapers & publications, stories, memories & histories, maps. atlases & gazetteers, tax, criminal, land & law, reference, dictionaries & almanacs, and family tree. The collection covers from 1300 to the present, with about 4000 databases included. Some records are full text online; others are just index entries. New content is added on a regular basis.

    Search Examples:
    - By last name
    - By a place your ancestor might have lived
    - By keyword (e.g. flying tigers  in Census and Voter Lists)

    - Advance Search (where you can select or combine any of these categories: name, year, life events, family member, keyword, gender, race, and restrict to limiters)

    The largest free genealogical resource on the web. RootsWeb includes 465 million names in hundreds of family trees, 30,000 individual websites, and over 30,000 mailing lists. Sources include: worldconnect, rootsweb surname list, social security death index (SSDI), death records, international [Australia, UK, Canada, Germany, Irish, Italy etc.), United States (state & country index, African Ame./ Colored records. birth records. cemetery records, census indexes, Church records, court records, death/marriage records, tax & voter lists etc.)

    RootWeb has two search interfaces:
    - By last or first name
    - By Keyword

    - By last or first name
    - By Advanced Search (Recommended)

    Create Your Own Family Tree (
    You can enter a few simple facts and the database will help you to discover more.
    - > Click on's Advanced link > click on "Family Tree" > Click on "Start your tree

  • HeritageQuest Online
    contains similar kinds of records as in Ancestry Library Edition, but on a much smaller scale.  It does include thousands of published family histories which are not included in the Ancestry database.

  • Historical Newspapers, a Library's subject guide
    Other commonly used resource are historical newspapers.  For information on newspapers that are available online or on microfilm, see the library’s newspaper guide.

  • FamilySearch
    provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Their website lets you search online indexes for birth, marriage, death, census, church and other records from around the world.  Some records are full text online; others are just index entries. New content is added on a regular basis.  It also has links to numerous Research helps in the form of articles, guides and online classes to help you with your research. New content is added on a regular basis. 

  • Family History Archive           

III.   Journal Articles

IV.  Legal Cases

V.    Free Web Resources  


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