Are you on a quest to find your family? Now, is the perfect time to start your research, because October is Family History Month. The Metropolitan Library System has a wealth of resources to help you on your journey. At the Downtown Library, a genealogy librarian is ready to help you, as are several other staff members who have years of experience in genealogical research. We love to get genealogy questions and help you find your ancestors!
Your MLS library card grants you access to many genealogy databases, all of which are available at any of the MLS libraries, and many are available remotely (so you can search from home in your jammies at midnight). Here are a few of our genealogy databases:
Search antique maps plus search for your ancestor in the first landowner’s project in History Geo that displays the original landowners in 21 states based on federal and state land records. Currently, there are over 9 million records. This database is in-library use only. Created and maintained by Arphax Publishing, eventually, this database will include land records from the 23 public land states and Texas. Arphax also publishes these maps in hardback, and many can be found at the Downtown Library.
Historic newspapers can be accessed through several of our databases:
Be sure to check out Ancestry.com (in-library only), Fold3, and HeritageQuest for census records, military records, and much more.
Our genealogy collection at the Downtown Library is definitely worth a visit. We have city directories for Oklahoma City back to 1901. For those searching for school alumni, we have yearbooks for schools throughout the state plus some unusual alumni directories including the 20th (1962) and 40th (1982) Oklahoma City Air Logistics Command, Tinker AFB Anniversary yearbooks, the Wesley School of Nursing yearbook (1946 and 1947), the Oklahoma Military Academy, Claremore (1942/1943 and 1950), and Oklahoma City Fire Department (1978).
To help you on your ancestral journey, check out these genealogy books:
This is a glimpse into what you can discover at the library. Come check us out in person or by visiting metrolibrary.org for more resources to help you find your elusive ancestors.