Genealogy and History

American Indian Histories and Cultures A TexShare resource
‘American Indian Histories and Cultures’ is a unique resource that makes available, for the first time, many rare and significant documents from the Edward E. Ayer Collection at the Newberry Library, Chicago; one of the strongest archival collections on American Indian history in the world. Spanning four hundred years, document types include manuscripts, artworks, speeches and petitions, diaries, correspondence, linguistic and ethnographic studies, photographs, maps, photographs, rare printed books and American Indian newspapers. Full color. Searchable. Multiple added features.

Bibliography of Native North Americans A TexShare resource
A bibliographic database covering all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life. This resource covers a wide range of topics including archaeology, multicultural relations, gaming, governance, legend, and literacy. BNNA contains more than 137,000 citations for books, essays, journal articles, and government documents of the United States and Canada. Dates of coverage for included content range from the sixteenth century to the present. The database is an essential research tool for anthropologists, educators, historians, political scientists, sociologists, psychologists, legal and medical researchers, linguists, theologians, ethnobotanists, and policy makers.

Chronicling America: National Digital Newspaper Program
The National Digital Newspaper Program, a partnership between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities, has digitized thousands of newspapers from all 50 states. These newspapers can be downloaded into PDF and JP2 formats. The National Digital Newspaper Program is a great resource for primary historical records.

HeritageQuest Online A TexShare resource
HeritageQuest Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past. The collection consists of six core data sets: U.S. Federal Censuses, Genealogy and local history books, Periodical Source Index (PERSI), Revolutionary War Records, Freedman’s Bank Records,and The LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set.

National Archives Catalog
Whether it's reports from Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson or notes written by John F. Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the National Archives has an extensive collection of primary documents available online. The catalog search is presented in simple search engine format, which is handy for casual users. After a search term has been entered and the results appear, click on Available Online along the top banner to narrow the results to electronically accessible records. Researchers can easily adjust the results by chronology, file format, and subject. Users can seamlessly switch between results available in PDF, JPG, GIF, and a variety of other file formats.

Texas Digital Sanborn Maps A TexShare resource
Delivers detailed property and land-use records that depict the grid of everyday life in more than 12,000 U.S. towns and cities across a century of change. The maps provide a wealth of information, such as building outline, size and shape, windows and doors, street and sidewalk widths, boundaries, and property numbers. Plans often include details on construction materials and building use, and depict pipelines, railroads, wells, water mains, dumps, and other features likely to affect the property's vulnerability to earthquake, fire, and flood. Combined with other sources such as city directories, photographs, small-scale maps, census records, genealogies, and statistical data, Sanborn maps provide an unparalleled picture of life in American towns and cities.

Texas Reference Center A TexShare resource
Texas Reference Center is a Texas specific product designed specifically for school and public libraries. The database is comprised of periodicals, reference books, reports, and other content relevant to the state. Texas Reference Center contains 30 full text periodicals, 100 full text reference books, several Texas newspapers, and much more. Examples of titles offered include: Best in Texas, Texas Business Review, Texas Education Review, Texas Journal of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Texas Journal of Women & the Law, Texas Journal on Civil Liberties & Civil Rights, Texas Law Review, Texas Magazine, Texas Monthly, Texas Public Health Association Journal, Texas Review, Touchstone (Texas State Historical Association), and many more.

Texas State Library and Archives: Online Collections
Select from a wide variety of resources exclusive to the Texas State Library and Archives collections, including: Adjutant General Service Records, Andrew Jackson Houston Collection, Civilian Conservation Corp Drawings, Confederate Pension Applications Index, Fire Insurance Maps, Historical Map Collection, Online Exhibits, Republic Claims, Republic of Texas Passports, Voices of Texas History, and more!

The World Factbook, CIA
The CIA has compiled a veritable encyclopedia of world geography. While the U.S. Census Bureau focuses on demographics within the U.S., the CIA casts and international net. The World Factbook can provide quick answers to many questions about the nations of the world. How many people live in Ireland? What percentage of Canada's energy consumption comes from renewable resources? How do China's defense expenditures compare to those of the U.S.? Obtaining substantial population, economic, and historical data about any nation is just a click away with The World Factbook.