Microfilm & Microform copy machines

Two machines are available on the second floor of the main building. We have one state-of-

the-art microfilm machine that prints to our public printers for $.15 per page.


Available at Central Express

  • Arlington newspapers on microfilm dating back to 1897
  • Fort Worth Star-Telegram 1997 to Present

All other microfilm holdings are shelved in our warehouse and may be requested to be sent to Central Express for use.

Census Holdings

Census records are often the first stop in genealogical research. You should start with the most recent census and work backwards in time. The 1930 census is the latest to be released.

  • Texas Federal Census microfilm covering years 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 & 1930. Other states also available by various years and counties.
  • Texas Soundex microfilm for census years 1900, 1910 and 1920


Military records are an excellent way to delve deeper into an ancestor’s life. For instance, pension records often contain supporting documents that are invaluable to a genealogist.

  • Index to Texas Confederate Soldiers; Texas Confederate Military Service Records
  • War of 1812 Pension Application Files

State Records

  • Galveston, Texas Passenger Lists: 1896-1948
  • Texas Voter Register of 1867-1869
  • Index to Texas Births: 1903-1976; Index to Texas Probate Birth Records
  • Index to Texas Deaths: 1903-1973


  • Census of the Cherokee Nation–1880 & 1890
  • Freedman’s Bank Records
  • Other miscellaneous. Keyword search our catalog for more titles.