Genealogy & Local History

Plan Your Visit

Our genealogy collection is currently housed at different locations.

Book Collection

The genealogy book collection is shelved at Northeast Branch. From all 50 states except Hawaii and various countries, our book collection emphasizes those locations that are important in historical immigration patterns to Texas. All books are listed in our catalog, including Arlington Obituary books compiled by volunteers.

Self-service photocopies are $.10 per page. The photocopiers accept cash and do provide change.

microfilm machine

Various genealogy resources on microfilm

Most of our microform and maps collections are located at our warehouse and needs to be requested in order to view. Our Fort Worth Star-Telegram microfilm collection and microform reader and printer is located at Central Express. We have one state-of-the-art microfilm machine that prints to our public printers for $.15 per page.

Local history resources at Central Express

Ancestry Library Edition

The world’s largest online resource for family history documents and family trees is available at all library locations.

Available from Home

Get started with our staff-selected genealogy resources guide.

Genealogy databases

Most genealogy databases can be accessed from home.

Death notices and miscellaneous news items

The Arlington Journal and The Arlington Citizen from the years 1897 – 1940.

Online Photo Collections

Special online collections including police museum, World War II, and photos from the early years of Arlington.

Local Newspaper Transcriptions

Transcribed selected items from The Journal and The Citizen.

Meet other genealogists

The Arlington Genealogical Society meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month from September through June at the West Arlington Police Service Center Community Room at 2060 W. Green Oaks Blvd. Visitors are always welcome. More information about the Arlington Genealogical Society can be found on their website.