Dallas Public Central Library

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Dallas Public Central Library

Dallas Public Library: J. Erik Jonsson Central Library exterior.

Contact Information

E-mail:[1]  genealogy@dallaslibrary.org


J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
8th floor
1515 Young Street
Dallas, TX 75201

Telephone:[1]  214-670-1433

Hours and holidays:[2]

Monday --
Tuesday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday 12 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Directions, maps, and public transportation:

  • Directions for autos from north, east, south, or west. Pay parking underground is located on the Wood Street side of the library. Wood Street is one-way eastbound. Use the first ramp for the parking garage.
  • Dallas Public Central Library on MapQuest.
  • Getting to the Central Library via bus, or via train.

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description

The Dallas Public Library has one of the largest genealogy collections in the South. It includes 111,700 volumes, 64,500 microfilms, 89,000 microfiche, and over 700 maps. This includes state and county marriage, probate, deed, and tax abstracts in book form, or microfilm of originals for some states. Federal censuses 1790-1930, printed indexes 1790-1850, Soundex indexes on microfilm (1880-1930). The Ancestry Library edition database is available only at the library, but Dallas Morning News Archive, America's Obituaries, Handbook of Texas, Heritage Quest, Texas Digital Sanborn Maps, and WorldCat can be used on home computers with a DPL library card number. The collection also includes military records from the Revolutionary War to World War II, Civil War regimental histories, statewide births, mariages, and deaths such as Massachusetts town records, and Charleston, SC, deaths 1821-1926, Filby's Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, NARA microfilmed passenger arrival lists 1820-1950s, Black Biographical Dictionaries 1790-1950, and local-state-regional naturalization indexes. The Dallas Genealogical Society has also contributed census mortality schedule transcripts for Dallas County 1850-1870, district court minutes 1846-1855, and a list of Dallas County cemteries.




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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Genealogy Section" at Dallas Public Library at http://dallaslibrary2.org/genealogy/index.php (access 18 October 2010).
  2. "Hours" in Genealogy Section at Dallas Public Library at http://dallaslibrary2.org/genealogy/index.php (access 18 October 2010).