Genealogy Gateway Sites
- Ancestry Library Edition - The world's largest family history resourse is available through the library, which has a subscription to this site, so the site is accessible when searching at the library. Features include digital images of the U.S. Census 1790-1930, some with indexing, passenger lists, and military records. Full access is available only at the Wichita Falls Public Library. Home users may access www.ancestry.com and must pay a subscription fee.
- Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers - Search and view newspaper pages from 1860-1922 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).
- Digital Archives of the WFPL - Digitized coverage of 1977-87 Record News, Wichita Times 1977-1987, and Times Record News 1987-98, December 2015-current. Accessible at the library only.
- Elephind.com - Search all of the world's digital newspapers from one place and at one time, allowing simultaneously searching across thousands of articles using key words & phrases.
- FamilySearch.org - From the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, renowned for their genealogical research, this genealogical search engine combs files of millions of names in three immense databases, as well as thousands of additional Web sites, and includes lots of digital images.
- Fold3.com - The web's premier collection of original military records, providing convenient access to US military records, including stories, photos, and personal documents of men and women who served. Remote access is available with your library card.
- Genealogy.com - a source for family history buffs to find genealogical research originally posted in GenForum and our most popular genealogy articles.
- GeneaNet - This site is free, but registration is necessary to use all features; contains helpful international links.
- GENUKI - For genealogy research on Great Britain and Ireland
- HeritageQuest Online - Searchable US Federal Census images as well as family histories, genealogical serials, local histories, and primary sources in full image. Provided by the Texas State Library's Texshare Program. To access from home, request Texshare URL and password from Adult Information Desk, 767.0868 x4234. WFPL Library card required. Find out what's new!
- Mocavo - Free access to thousands of historical records; sign up for a Mocavo Basic (free) or Mocavo Gold (subscription fee) account will allow creation of a profile to upload family trees, family history documents and photos, as well as connecting with other members. Mocavo Support provides help; receive emails on genealogy tips and Mocavo updates.
- NewsBank - Digitized text content from the Wichita Falls Examiner (2008-2016). Available at the library and remotely with a library card number.
- USGenWeb Project - A volunteer-led service in which each volunteer adopts a county and creates a Web page for that county with all the information that you would possibly need to begin your search. With so many contributors, each site is different in content, but not in format. Look for "your" counties and you'll be pleasantly surprised.
- Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet - Enormous list of useful sites that have been categorized into 100 different categories
- Genealogylinks.net - An international focus, with sections on Europe, Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and more
- Association of Professional Genealogists - Find a researcher or find support for your research
- Atlas of Historical County Boundaries - Documents county boundary changes in all 50 states, from the Newberry Library
- Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy - For legal searches, such as tracking down heirs
Libraries and Archives
- Clayton Microprint Database - Located at the Houston Public Library
- Dallas Public Library
- Fort Worth Public Library
- Lawton Public Library
- Moffett Library - Located at Midwestern State University
- Allen County Public Library Genealogy Department
- Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library - Research library connected to the Alamo historical complex in San Antonio, containing more than 12,000 titles on Texas, 800 linear feet of manuscripts, documents, and files, and 37,000 photographs, and more. Website contains selected bibliographies, but no holdings are online.
- Library of Congress Local History and Genealogy Reading Room - Start here for research in local history and genealogy collections at the Library of Congress, and find hours, policies, and locations.
- National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) - Both a storage facility for federal documents and a resource for genealogists. There are no genealogical records online, but there is a good online introduction to genealogical research. Also contains links to each of the regional archives that are part of NARA, with descriptions of each facility, hours, services, and features.
- National Archives of Ireland - The preservation and maintenance of records from the Republic of Eire, as well as historical and cultural materials; includes departmental databases, genealogical research guides, and information on holdings.
- Newberry Library - Located in Chicago, Illinois, this library contains extensive collections on genealogy and local history, especially for the Midwest, with materials on cartography, western Americana, and Native Americans.
- The National Archives of the UK - The official archive and publisher for the UK government, England and Wales; guardians of some of Briatin's most iconic national documents, dating back over 1,000 years.
- Texas State Library and Archives Commission - Located in Austin, TX
Genealogical and Historical Societies
- Federation of East European Family History Societies - Pioneer web portal for central and east European genealogy since May 1995.
- Federation of Genealogical Societies - Serves the needs of its member societies, providing products and services needed by member societies, and marshalling the resources of member organizations. Only genealogical societies may join.
- National Genealogical Society (NGS) - Calendar of events, program information, membership information, and a wide variety of materials for sale (by mail) from NGS.
- North Texas Genealogical Association - Wichita County resources, including the Wichita County 1880 & 1900 Federal Census, a reconstructed 1890 Wichita County census, and Wichita County wills.
- Oklahoma Historical Society - General information on the extensive holdings of the Oklahoma Historical Society, as well as information on events and web resources.
- Texas State Genealogical Society - Resources for Texas genealogy enthusiasts
- Texas State Historical Association - Links to some Texas history primary source documents on the Internet
Vital Records Resources
- Online Searchable Death Indexes & Records: A Genealogy Guide - Organized death records and notices by state and county
- General Land Office Records - Public-to-private land patents from the official site of the Bureau of Land Management, with digital images available for many of the patents.
- Texas General Land Office Archives and Records - Preserves and provides access to records detailing the transfer of public lands into private ownership.
- Ellis Island Passenger Arrival Records - From 1892-1924, over 22 million passengers and members of ships' crews came through Ellis Island and the Port of New York; free registration required.
- Immigrant Ships Transcriber's Guild - Passenger lists are deciphered & transcribed by over 500 volunteers, and uploaded regularly
- The ShipsList - Ships' passenger lists, immigration reports, newspaper records, shipwreck information, ship pictures, ship descriptions, shipping-line fleet lists, hundreds of passenger lists to Canada, the USA, Australia, and South Africa.
- Geographic Names Information System from the U.S. Geological Survey - "The Geographic Names Information System contains information about almost 2 million physical and cultural geographic features in the United States. The federally recognized name of each feature described in the database is identified, and references are made to a feature's location by state, county, and geographic coordinates."
Civil War Resources
- Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System - Union and Confederate servicemen, regiments, battles, and historic sites; match soldiers and sailors to regiments and regiments to battles. Created by the National Parks Service.
- Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion (1894 - 1922) from Cornell University Library.
- The War of the Rebellion: a Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies (1880 - 1901) from Cornell University Library.
Resources in Military Genealogy, 1898-
- Vietnam War U.S. Military Fatal Casualty Statistics - Vietnam War fatalities
- Vietnam Project from Texas Tech University
Cemeteries & Obituaries
- Cemetery Records Online from Interment.net - Publisher of cemetery records and materials relating to cemeteries to locate burials, trace family history, and learn about cemeteries.
- FindaGrave.com - Free resource for finding the final resting places of famous folks, friends and family members
- Obituary Daily Times - Obituary entries from U.S. and Canadian newspapers
- Wichita Falls Cemetery Index - Records for Riverside, Hillcrest, Rosemont, and Lakeview Cemeteries in Wichita Falls, a very large file in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format.
- Portal to Texas History - Digital gateway to the rich collections held in Texas libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and private collections from the University of North Texas
- Texas GenWeb Project - Texas section of the USGenWeb Project
- Texas Department of Health - Includes Bureau of Vital Statistics, responsible for birth, death, and marriage certificates in Texas.
- Texas State Genealogical Society - Resources for Texas genealogy enthusiasts
- Texas State Historical Association - Links to some Texas history primary source documents
- Texas State Library and Archives Commission from the Texas State Library in Austin
- Wichita County GenWeb Project - Wichita County section of the USGenWeb project
Native American Resources
- Cherokee Nation - Official site of the Cherokee Nation
- Cherokee.net - Home of the Cherokee Archival Project
- Federally Recognized American Indian Tribes from the American Indian Heritage Foundation
- Index of Native American Genealogy Resources on the Internet
- Indian Nation Census Records - Free resources from Census Finder
- Native American Links from Cyndi's List
- AfriGeneas Homepage - For descendants of African people who were brought to North America
- Guide to African-American Documentary Resources in North Carolina from the University Press of Virginia
Other Ethnic Resources
- JewishGen - Home of Jewish genealogy
- Adoption.org - Volunteer-operated information resource for the adoption community
- All You Need to Know About Adoption from usa-people-search.com
- Texas Dept. of Health Central Adoption Registry - Enables people 18 years or older to list their name on the registry to locate other family members who are also listed