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Staff-Selected Genealogy Resources Guide
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Local Newspaper Transcriptions
One of Arlington’s first local newspapers was The Arlington Journal, which began weekly publication in 1897. A competing weekly paper, The Arlington Citizen was started in the 1930s. In 1957, the two papers merged and became The Arlington Citizen-Journal. In fact, the Arlington Citizen-Journal was published by George W. Hawkes, the Central Library’s namesake. The Central Library has partial microfilm holdings of these papers starting with Volume 1, no. 4 of The Journal from August 20, 1897 through to the last editions of the Citizen-Journal in 1995.
Mr. W.E. Keller has transcribed selected items from The Journal and The Citizen, focusing mainly on death notices and miscellaneous news items. These transcripts have been donated to the library’s genealogy section as books, and are also available here.
1897 PDF, 235 KB
1901 PDF, 1.15 MB
1902 PDF, 883 KB
1903 PDF, 1.41 MB
1904 PDF, 1.31 MB
1905 PDF, 918 KB
1925 PDF, 270 KB
1927 PDF, 453 KB
1928 PDF, 465 KB
1929 PDF, 683 KB
1930 PDF, 686 KB
1931 PDF, 587 KB
1932 PDF, 235 KB
1933 PDF, 462 KB
1934 PDF, 336 KB
1936 PDF, 625 KB
1937 PDF, 671 KB
1938 PDF, 558 KB
1939 PDF, 501 KB
1940 PDF, 642 KB
The Genealogy book collection comprises materials from all 50 states except Hawaii as well as various countries. Our book collection emphasizes those locations that are important in historical immigration patterns to Texas.
Self-service photocopies are 10 cents per page. The photocopiers accept cash and do provide change.
Ancestry Library Edition
The world's largest online resource for family history documents and family trees is available at all library locations.
Local History Resources
Maps and Finding Aids
Located in the Genealogy & Local History Room.
We have two microfilm machines located in the Genealogy & Local History Room at the Downtown Library. Both machines print to our public printers for 15 cents per page.
The Plotter Printer for Family Trees
Modern high-tech tool (our Makerspace's large-format plotter printer) to help solve an age-old problem (how to display family trees)!
Arlington Local History Files
This a collection of materials such as newspaper clippings, booklets, pictures, pamphlets, and other literature currently held at the Downtown Library.
Here is the list of materials available.
- DFW International
- Hawaii Kai – Sea Life Park
- Seven Seas
- Six Flags Corp.
- Six Flags – Hurricane Harbor
- Six Flags Over Texas
- Wet ‘N Wild
Arlington Population (population size/growth)
Arlington – Backward Glimpses (newspaper series of old photos)
Arlington Early History
- General history
- Arlington Journal – History series
Arlington Early History
- Arlington History 1800s
Arlington Recent History
Arts & Theatre – Arlington
- Arlington Museum of Art
- Grandee, Joe (local artist)
- Ballet Arlington
- Antique Sewing Machine Museum
- Theatre Arlington
- Misc. – arts
Business & Industry
- Clippings 1950s
- General Motors
- Great Southwest Corp.
- Vandergriff Auto Dealerships
- Cemetery articles
- Arlington Cemetery – gravesite listing
- Tarrant County & surrounding area
- Grand Prairie Cemetery
- Ford Cemetery & Family history
- Gibbins Home & Cemetery
- Moore Funeral Home
- Tomlin Cemetery
- Cemeteries – Northside School
- Berachah Home & Cemetery
- Harrison Cemetery
- P.A. Watson Cemetery
Chamber of Commerce
- First Baptist Church
- First Christian Church
- First United Methodist Church
- Mount Olive Baptist
- Tate Springs Baptist Church
- Baptist churches – misc.
- West Fork United Presbyterian –Grand Prairie, TX
- Lonesome Dove Baptist – Grapevine, TX
- Misc. clippings
- Catholic churches – misc.
- Church of Christ – misc.
- Methodist churches – misc.
- Presbyterian churches – misc.
City Council I – Misc.
City Council – Bonds & Decisions
City Council – members
- Groves, Ken
- Holman, Dixon
- Lynn, Dottie
- Malec, Dick
- Snider, Bill
- Snider, Carolyn
- City managers
- Campbell, George (former city manager)
- Arlington Band
- Arlington Boy’s Club
- Arlington Historical Society
- Arlington Night Shelter
- Arlington Youth Orchestra/ Symphony
- Boy Scouts
- Cancer Society
- United Fund
- YMCA Foundation
- Women’s clubs
- Initiative Movement
- Arlington Community Center
- 1965 Community Development Survey
- Public Programs/ Services
Crime & Criminals
- Julie Fuller murder
- Murders of Christine Vu & Wendie Prescott
- Murder of Amy Robinson
- Dr. Zack Bobo
- Mosier Valley
- Native Americans
Festivals & Celebrations
- Arlington Centennial
- Festivals – 1990s
- Festivals – 2000s
- Fires – 1990s
- Fires – 2000s
- Cooper House
- Fielder House
- Ralph Mann Home
Historical – Indians of Arlington
- Indian Papers – Treaty of Bird’s Fort
- Indian Heritage in Arlington
- Battle of Village Creek
Historical Sites I
- Bird’s Fort
- Cross Timbers
- Goodwin Cabin – Grand Prairie, TX
- Heritage Trail
- Hanging Tree
- The Hill
- Johnson Station
- Marion Loyd Homestead – Mansfield, TX
- Jopling-MeLear Log Cabin
Historical Sites II
- Marrow Bone Spring
- Mineral Well
- Village Creek
- P.A. Watson Log Cabin
- Screaming Bridge
- Top of the Hill Terrace – Casino
- Witness Tree
- Arlington Memorial (including bound scrapbook of clippings)
- CPC Millwood Psychiatric
- HCA Medical Center
- Johnson Creek history
- Johnson Creek Project
Lakes – Arlington area
- Joe Pool Lake
- Lake Arlington
- Lake Calloway/ Lake Erie (Handley Power Plant)
- “Origin and Development of the Public Library System in Arlington”
- Misc. – libraries
- Friends of the Library
- Central Library
- East Arlingtong Branch Library (formerly Southeast)
- Lake Arlington Branch Library (formerly Southwest)
- Northeast Branch Library
- Woodland West Branch Library
- Southeast Branch Library
Maps – misc.
Masonic & Eastern Star Homes
- Greene, Richard
- Odom, Elzie
- Patterson, Harold
- Stovall, S.J.
- Arlington newspapers history
- Citizen Journal – 100 year history
- Star Telegram
- Parks – 1950s to 1980s
- Parks – 1990s
- Parks – 2000s
- Randol Mill
- River Legacy
- Caelum Moor
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Sports Center
- Meadowbrook Park
- New police building
Proclamations & Special Events
- The Johnsons – Glen, Mid & Solon
- Ayres, Joe
- Joyner, Arista
- Nichols, Dora
Race Track – Arlington Downs
Residents A – G
- Dunlop, J.W.
Residents H – R
- Solon B. Johnson – Ina Russel: Letters of Correspondence 1886-1889
- Johnson, Middleton Tate & Family history
- Mebus, Jerry
Residents S – Z
- Wright, C.H. (Punch)
- Waggoner, W.T.
- New Arrivals
Railways & Interurban
- Interurban & railways
Schools – Charter
Schools – Private
Schools – Public School System
- Johnson Station Schools
- “Panorama of the Arlington Public School System” (1955)
Schools – Elementary
- Elementary schools
- Elementary school teachers
Schools – Junior High
Schools – High School
- Arlington H.S.
- Sam Houston H.S.
- Arlington H.S. – history & reunions
- Bowie H.S.
- Lamar H.S.
- Martin H.S.
- Seguin H.S.
- Venture School
Sister City Program
Streets of Arlington
- Tarrant Co. misc.
- Arlington Subcourthouse
- Fort Worth history
- Dalworthington Gardens
- Pantego, TX
- Watsonville, TX
Texas Rangers Baseball I
- 1970s – 1980s clippings
- Ballpark in Arlington (pre 1994)
Texas Rangers Baseball II
- 1990s clippings
- All-Star Game 1995
- Nolan Ryan
Texas Rangers Baseball III
- Arlington Stadium
- Ballpark in Arlington (post 1994)
Universities & Colleges
- Arlington Baptist College
- Arlington State College
- Bauder Fashion College/ Bryan Institute
- Carlisle Military Academy
- Tarrant County Junior College (TCJC)
Universities & Colleges – UTA
- UTA Centennial
- Backward Glimpses
- UTA – Robertson Colony
- UTA clippings: 1960s – 1970s
- UTA clippings: 1980s
- UTA clippings: 1990s
- Hooker Vandergriff & Family
- Tom Vandergriff 1950s – 1960s
- Tom Vandergriff 1971 – 1975
- Tom Vandergriff 1976 – 1979
- Tom Vandergriff 1980s – 1990s
City Directories & Telephone Books
Arlington City Directories
1913, 1914, 1940, 1951, 1954, 1957, 1959-1961, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1969-1975, 1977-1979, 1981, 1982, 1984-1988
Cole's Directory for Arlington
1968, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1978-1984, 1986-2001
Cole's Directory for Dallas
Cole's Directory for Fort Worth
1976, 1987, 1988, 1991, 1998 (Vol I & II), 2000
Fort Worth City Directory
Arlington Telephone Books
Arlington Chamber Member Directory & Business Guide
Grand Prairie, TX Telephone Book
Emory, TX Telephone Book
Maps & Finding Aids
Files are located in the Genealogy & Local History Room of the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library. Listed alphabetically by drawer with description an date created (when known).
Arlington, TX 1919
Arlington, TX pictoral map c. 1977
Arlington, TX large street map n.d.
Arlington, TX ariel photo of northeastern part of city n.d.
Arlington, TX Existing Water Facilities Jan. 1, 1989
Euless, TX city map n.d.
Fort Worth, TX Greater Fort Worth street map 1953
Grand Prairie,TX city map 1967
Johnson Creek (Arlington, TX) flooded areas 31-Jul-74
Johnson Creek Corridor Plan Executive Summary Report with maps 25-Mar-97
Nacogdoches Co. – Texas state map 2-sided map c. 1976
Oshkosh, WI – Winnebago Co., WI 2-sided map n.d.
Richmond, VA showing important Civil War battle grounds, fortifications, roads & historic points of interest
Tarrant Co. in Early Days c. 1840-1896
Tarrant County, TX 1895
Tarrant County, TX 1980
TEXAS Historical Trail map
TEXAS (early Texas & part of Mexico) *shows the route of the 1st Santa Fe Expedition n.d.
UTA map map of campus with buildings c. 1980?
Big Spring, TX (including: Scurry, Howard, Mitchell, Nolan, & Fisher Counties) topographic (2) 1954
Brewster County, TX north point of county 1914
Brewster County, TX plat map — southern part of county c. 1890
Brownwood, TX topographic 1954
Brown County, TX plat map 1910
Coleman, Brown Co., TX topographic 1887 (1939 reprint)
Collin County, TX plat map c. 1880
Cooke-Tarrant County, TX c. 1860-1870
Dallas County Road Map 1983
Dallas, TX (DFW) topographic 1954
Denton County, TX n.d.
Gainesville, Cooke Co., TX topographic 1902
Garza County, TX plat map
Godley, Johnson Co., TX topographic 1961
Granbury, Hood Co., TX (also includes Somervell & Bosque Counties) topographic 1887; 1949 reprint)
Hays County, TX plat map 1902
Hood County, TX plat map 1893
Johnson County, TX plat map c. 1887
Jud, TX quadrangle 1965
Kent County, TX plat map n.d.
Kiowa Peak, TX quadrangle 1962
Lubbock, TX topographic 1954
Matagorda County, TX plat map 1920
Milam County, TX plat map 1918
Nacogdoches County, TX plat map
Palo Pinto County, TX
Parker Co., TX general highway map 1963
Shelby County, TX plat map c. 1870
Sherman, TX – OK topographic 1954
Stonewall County, TX plat map n.d.
TEXAS Early map of TEXAS 1836
Victoria County, TX plat map 1921
Waco, TX topographic 1954
Wichita Falls, TX topographic 1954
Pike Co., AL General Highway Map 1954
Gwinnett Co., GA General Highway Map 1972
Jasper Co., GA General Highway Map 1967
Bossier Parish, LA topographic 1976
Boone Co., MO zoning n.d.
Caplinger Mills, MO quadrangle 1939
Carthage, MO street map n.d.
Filley, Cedar Co., MO quadrangle 1939
Morgan Co., MO general highway map 1978-79
Davie Co., NC Land Grants of 1700s with index 1700s
Wake Co., NC c. 1870? 1771-1802?
Chester District, SC 1820
Dalrington District, SC 1820
Kershaw District, SC 1820
Landcaster District, SC 1820
Marlboro District, SC 1820
Marron County, SC 1882
Sumter Co., SC general highway map 1973
Sumter District, SC 1821
Franklin & Brentwood, TN road map 1977
Cumberland Co., VA 1754-1795
Frederick Co., VA Old Frederick County — northern neck of VA 1725-1745
Richmond, VA 1861-1865
Arizona (Territory of Arizona) 1903
Orange County Land Patents compiled by & drawn by Ulysses P. Joyner Jr. Jan. 1988
Virginia & Maryland c. 1751
Major Transportation Facilities of the U.S. call# TD12.11:F 11/999 Jan. 1999
Transportation in North America (U.S. Department of Transportation)
Rand McNally – Portfolio of 6 Antique Maps America 1570
North America 1650
New World 1695
North America 1700
Country Profile: IRAQ
Colonization & Trade in the New World (produced by National Geographic) 1720
Maps of Russia in Russian
Phillips Co, Arkansas & state map
Greater Spokane, Washington
Maps of Early Idaho Old Gold Mines, Indian Battle Grounds, Old Military Roads, Old Forts, Overland Stage Routes, & Early Towns
Indians of North America
Indian Land Areas (U.S. Dpt. Of the Interior – Bureau of Indian Affairs) 1992
Shiloh Battlefield Civil War battle at Shiloh, TN April 6, 1862
Shiloh Battlefield Civil War battle at Shiloh, TN April 7, 1862
- Arlington newspapers on microfilm dating back to 1897
- Fort Worth Star-Telegram 1997 to Present
Census records are often the first stop in genealogical research. You should start with the most recent census and work backward in time. The 1930 census is the latest to be released.
- Texas Federal Census microfilm covering years 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 & 1940. Other states also available by various years and counties.
- Texas Soundex microfilm for census years 1900, 1910 and 1920
Military records are an excellent way to delve deeper into an ancestor’s life. For instance, pension records often contain supporting documents that are invaluable to a genealogist.
- Index to Texas Confederate Soldiers; Texas Confederate Military Service Records
- War of 1812 Pension Application Files
- Galveston, Texas Passenger Lists: 1896-1948
- Texas Voter Register of 1867-1869
- Index to Texas Births: 1903-1976; Index to Texas Probate Birth Records
- Index to Texas Deaths: 1903-1973
- Census of the Cherokee Nation–1880 & 1890
- Freedman’s Bank Records
- Other miscellaneous. Keyword search our catalog for more titles.
Yearbooks & Annuals
Yearbooks and Annuals from various schools in the Arlington, Texas area are available at the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library. If you do not see yours listed, please donate to us!
Arlington Independent School District
Arlington High School "Colt Corral"
1947-1951, 1953-1956, 1962, 1964, 1966-1969, 1971, 1973-1979, 1981-1983, 1985, 1986, 1989-1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999
Sam Houston High School "Cherokee"
1967-1970, 1972-1975, 1977, 1981-1983, 1985, 1996, 1998
James Bowie High School "Explorer"
1975, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1992, 1993, 1999
Lamar High School "Valhalla"
1972, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1985-1992, 1995, 1996, 1999
James Martin High School "Phoenix"
1983, 1985-1988, 1991-1993, 1996
United States Air Force Academy (Colorado Springs, CO) "POLARIS"
Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, TX) "Horned Frog"
1958, 1961, 1962
Texas Tech University (Lubbock, TX) "La Ventana"
North Texas Agricultural College (Arlington, TX) - now UTA - "The Junior Aggie"
Arlington State College (Arlington, TX) - now UTA - "Reveille"
1960, 1961, 1965, 1966
University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington, TX) "Reveille"
1971, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1981
North Texas State University (Denton, TX) "The Yucca"
1967, 1968, 1972
Materials in our Collection
Magazines & Newspapers
The Arlington Genealogical Society meets the second Tuesday of the month, September - June, at 6:30 p.m. in the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library Excellence Room (NW corner of 3rd floor).
The archives include extensive microfilm and archival holdings for genealogy research. An index of materials is available online.
2600 W. 7th St. Suite 162, Fort Worth, TX 76115, 817-831-5620
One of many centers around the world that offer free information and resources for the beginner.
3809 Curt Dr., Arlington, TX 76016, 817-446-7088
For complete access to the U.S. Census before 1930, check out our Heritage Quest and Ancestry databases.
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Connect With Other Genealogists
The Arlington Genealogical Society meets online (via Zoom) and in-person (at the Downtown Library, 100 S. Center) at 6:00 p.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of every month from September through June. See listings on the library calendar for more details, including upcoming speakers and how to join meetings online. Visitors are always welcome!