Genealogy and Local History Collection

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Genealogy Society Members

Collections are moving!

Due to the closing of the current Central Library and the building of a new library, the genealogy collection will be separated into different locations.
  • Genealogy book collection will be shelved at Northeast Branch 
  • Microform collection will be at our warehouse and need to be requested in order to view
  • Local newspapers, phonebooks, city directories and yearbooks will be available at Central Express
  • Microform reader and printer will be at Central Express

There will be a short period of transition between the locations when the material will be unavailable.

The Arlington Genealogical Society meets the second Tuesday of every month from September through June at 6:30 p.m. at the West Arlington Police Service Center Community Room at 2060 W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington, Tx. Visitors are always welcome. For more information contact Ruth Goodman.

More information is available on the Central Library Project web page at This site will offer construction updates, answers to frequently asked questions, calendar events, library history, special features and fascinating vintage photos.

Available from Home

Genealogy databases

Most genealogy databases can be accessed from home.

Death notices and miscellaneous news items

The Arlington Journal and The Arlington Citizen from the years 1897 - 1940.

Staff-selected genealogy resources

Available at all Library Locations

Ancestry Library Edition

World's largest online resource for family history documents and family trees.

Print Genealogy Collection

Local history resources

  • Obituaries, death notices, and newspaper clippings on local events in our Arlington local history vertical files
  • Select Arlington ISD school annual yearbooks
  • Historical Arlington City directories and phone books

Arlington Genealogical Society surname index

Genealogy books

From all 50 states except Hawaii and various countries, with an emphasis on those places that are important in historical immigration patterns to Texas. Search in our catalog.

Various genealogy resources on microfilm

Genealogy Reference Magazines

Map files. World maps sorted by Country and Region; Travel maps by State and City

Photocopy machines

Copy machines are provided on the first and second floors of the main building. Self-service photocopies are $.10 per page. The photocopiers accept cash and do provide change.

Microprint copy machines

Two machines are available on the second floor of the main building. We have one state-of-the-art microfilm machine that prints to our public printers for $.15 per page.