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Genealogy Department

The genealogy and family history collection is located in the northeast corner of Mahon (Main) Library. As part of the library’s mission to provide the highest quality resources and services to a diverse population, the genealogy collection provides beginning and experienced family researchers with a broad and well-rounded collection of research resources. The South Plains Genealogical Society (SPGS) has donated their collection to the library and continues to add material.

The focus of the genealogy collection is the United States, including material on African American, Native American, and Hispanic American genealogy. There are also British and German sources, along with passenger lists and immigration information.

Sources are in many formats: books, microfilm, CDs, periodicals, maps, vertical file materials, newspaper clippings, and photographs. Material in the genealogy collection does not circulate. Some genealogy books may have duplicate copies in the non-fiction section which can be checked out. Library staff will assist with interlibrary loan requests to attempt to provide materials not available in-house.

There are two computers in the genealogy area for searching the CD-ROM collection; these can only be used under the supervision of a SPGS volunteer. The microfilm readers in the genealogy area can be used at any time. There is a microfilm printer in the library's general reference area.

Volunteers may be available from 9-12 and 1-4 on weekdays. Call 806-775-3106 if you need to be certain a volunteer is on duty. If you need further assistance, please visit our partner society web page of the South Plains Genealogical Society, Inc. (SPGS) or email SPGS at txspgs@hotmail.com.