Carolyn Davis, DGS Director of Publicity

The Genealogy Division of the Dallas Public Library (DPL) has added a premier resource to its online collection of databases for the family history researcher.

DPL has secured an Institutional Research Membership to The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), giving Dallas patrons access to 500 searchable online databases offering information on more than 200 million people.  From the broad-based appeal of The American Genealogist and American Ancestors Magazine to niche items such as Danbury, CT: Members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1848–1851 and The Town Book of Bow, New Hampshire, this collection is invaluable to anyone with New England ancestors.

NEHGS Databases – You can view database descriptions, citations, and search tips.  A particularly useful feature is the database-specific “Search Tips” that NEHGS provides for each database in the collection.

DPL patrons can only access American Ancestors through thepublic computers in the Genealogy Section; they cannot be accessed from home.  It is accessed in the same manner as people currently access Ancestry.com.

Patrons can print to the printer at the Genealogy Reference Desk (the cost is 25 cents per page) as they do now with the other databases, but if a user has a flash drive, he/she can download records to it at no cost.

If you have ancestors from New England or even “back East,” plan a trip to the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library to check out this new treasure.

Here are two examples from the collection:

  1. Searching for Missing Friends; Irish Immigrant Advertisements, 1831-1920. Category—Journals and Periodicals.
  2. Descendants of Thomas Lamkin of the Northern Neck of Virginia. Category—Genealogies, Biographies, Heraldry, and Local Histories.