Dallas Public Library and FamilySearch Team Up to Digitize Collection

The Dallas Public Library and FamilySearch International have teamed up in order to digitize the Dallas Public Library’s extensive family history book collection. This initiative will expand free patron access worldwide to the Dallas Public Library’s historical records.

The Dallas Public Library is located in Dallas, Texas. It strengthens communities by connecting people, inspiring curiosity and advancing lives. The Dallas Public Library Genealogy Collection includes: books and periodicals, microform, and over 3,000 files of family research left to the collection by the library’s patrons.

Digitizing this collection will give researchers from around the world unprecedented access to rare and one-of-a kind family histories. The Dallas Public Library’s family history book collection is a small part of the library’s genealogy collection. Its full genealogy collection is considered one of the largest and most comprehensive collections for family history research in the Southwest.

Dallas Public Library Director Jo Giudice said, “The Dallas Public Library has a long relationship with FamilySearch through microfilming Dallas County records in the 1990s. We’re excited to take the next step in scanning books with the FamilySearch team.”

The family history book collection will be scanned by FamilySearch volunteers. It contains more than 16,000 volumes of material donated to the Dallas Public Library over a 60-year period. The first records that will be digitized are rare family history books that were printed before 1923.

The FamilySearch Family History Books collection contains more than 350,000 digitized genealogy and family history publications from the archives of some of the most important family history libraries in the world. It includes family histories, county and local histories, genealogy magazines and how-to books, gazetteers, and medieval histories and pedigrees.

FamilySearch has put together a list of partner institutions that genealogists can click on. Those institutions are the ones where the most valuable resources in the Family History Books collections come from.

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