Ruth's Genealogy

“I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.” -Abraham Lincoln

Genealogy libraries (and dedicated departments in regular libraries) are true treasures in the family history community.  Tell us about your favorite genealogy library. What or who makes it special?

I have already covered a couple of local libraries with fantastic genealogy departments in a previous 52 Weeks post, so I won’t go there again.

Instead, here is my “Bucket List” of genealogy libraries, those places that I would like to visit before I become an entry in a distant descendant’s database:

Outside the entrance to the Salt Lake City Family History Center

1. The Family History Library– Salt Lake City, Utah

If you’ve been wondering about your family history, come on in! You won’t know who you’re related to until you look. Visit the Family History Library, where you can delve into two million rolls of microfilmed records. Discover a feeling of belonging as you explore your family tree.The Family History Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints houses a collection of genealogical records that include names of more than 3 billion deceased people. It’s the largest collection of its kind in the world.

2. Clayton Library for Genealogical Research– Houston, Texas

The Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research has been named one of the best genealogical research libraries in the United States. The Clayton Library houses national and international collections of family history research materials in print, microprint and online. These include published and unpublished family histories, vital records, state and county histories and information and materials from all over the United States, as well as foreign countries such as Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom and German.

Genealogy Staff

3. The Genealogy Section of the Dallas Public Library– Dallas, Texas

The Genealogy Section of the Dallas Public Library contains one of the largest and most comprehensive collections for family history research in the Southwest. Over 50,000 individuals visit annually, with many traveling from out of state to utilize the collection which includes all states and counties of the United States. Resources for many foreign countries are also available.

Texas Heritage Museum

4. The Historical Research Center at Hill College– Hillsboro, Texas

The Historical Research Center aspires to be widely acknowledged-by the college community, by the people of Texas, by scholars world-wide, and by our professional peers—as one of the nation’s finest Civil War collections repositories, bringing international distinction to Hill College by advancing scholarly research and education at the college and beyond Included in the Historical Research Center is an extensive collection of maps, photographic collections, microfilm, and an archive that contains numerous files of soldier’s letters, diaries, and unpublished manuscripts form all Texas wars. It also features original art, art prints, and sculptures depicting the Civil War plus personal items belonging to Hill College graduate Bob Bullock during his term as Lieutenant Governor of Texas. Over 10,000 books detail the military operations of the United States with an emphasis on Texas and Texans during wartime.


52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

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