Genealogy & History

Library Resources & Databases:

Ancestry Library (Available Inside the library ONLY)
The link on this page will direct you to an information page by ProQuest that will explain more about this service. Ancestry® Library Edition, distributed exclusively by ProQuest and powered by, delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more.
The City of Schertz, A Digital History
Anthology containing articles, images, documents, and publications on the history of the City of Schertz.
Heritage Quest (TexShare Database)
HeritageQuest Online combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular ProQuest Genealogy resources.
Texas Digital Sanborn Maps (TexShare Database)
Historical maps for historians, geographers, and genealogists.
Texas Reference Center (TexShare Database)
Search EBSCO resources for Texas-related information.

Schertz Area Genealogists
This is the  library calendar of events with information on the Schertz Area Genealogists Group meetings.  This group meets at the library the first Tuesday of every month @ 6:30 PM except for July because of the holiday. 
Genealogy records that span billions of names across hundreds of collections—including birth, marriage, death, probate, land, military, IGI extracted, and more.
Texas State Library and Archives Commission-Genealogy
This page will inform you of what resources are available at the State Library as well as links to other commonly used Web Sites.
U.S. National Archives
This site is an archive of governmental documents that were obtained through course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever.
BYU Family History Library
The BYU Family History Library is located in the Harold B. Lee Library on the campus of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. It is one of the Family History Centers devoted to assisting library patrons in genealogical research.
World Gen Web Project

The WorldGenWeb Project is a non-profit, volunteer based organization dedicated to providing genealogical and historical records and resources for world-wide use online.
U.S. Gen Web Project

Free genealogy and family history online made possible by the USGenWeb Project volunteers. Search free genealogy websites for your ancestors.
Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection (PCL 1.306) is a general collection of more than 250,000 maps covering all areas of the world. Many of the maps are included in the University of Texas Library Catalog. More than 11,000 map images from the collection are available online.
Castle Garden: America's First Immigration Center is a free database developed and funded by The Battery Conservancy. It contains and makes available eleven million records of immigrants who arrived at the Port of New York from 1820 - 1892. Today more than 100 million Americans can trace their ancestry to this early period of immigration. 
Cyndi’s List
A comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.
Ellis Island--Passenger Search
Ellis Island Passenger Search database, home to 65 million records of passengers arriving to the Port of New York from 1820 to 1957.  
Find A Grave
Find the graves of ancestors, create virtual memorials, add ‘virtual flowers’ and a note to a loved one’s grave, etc.
RootsWeb is the Internet’s oldest and largest FREE genealogical community.
Olive Tree Genealogy
Olive Tree Genealogy, created by Lorine in February 1996 was started to bring genealogists FREE genealogy records. Olive Tree Genealogy has more than 1,900 pages of free genealogy records to help you find your brick-wall ancestors and build your family tree.
Voyages: Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database is the culmination of several decades of independent and collaborative research by scholars drawing upon data in libraries and archives around the Atlantic world.
The Ships List
TheShipsList website, online since August 1999, will help you find your ancestors on ships’ passenger lists.
The Genographic Project
The Genographic Project is seeking to chart new knowledge about the migratory history of the human species by using sophisticated laboratory and computer technology.
Chronicling America (LOC) Newspapers
Chronicling America is a website providing access to information about historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages. Search America’s historic newspaper pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.
Prints and Photographs Reading Room
Photographs, historical prints, posters, cartoons, documentary drawings, fine prints, and architectural and engineering designs that document the history of the United States and the lives, interests, and achievements of the American people.
Ultimate Guide to Military Records for Genealogy
A summary of the major U.S. wars from 1776-1945, along with the records generated before, during and after each war.
Portal to Texas History
The Portal to Texas History is a gateway to rare, historical, and primary source materials from or about Texas. Created and maintained by the University of North Texas Libraries, the Portal leverages the power of hundreds of content partners across the state to provide a vibrant, growing collection of resources.