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Special Collections

Special Collections is currently closed at the 2000 S Loop 256 location. Staff is currently packing it up to move to our new location at 315 W. Oak St. in the Redlands Annex-Opening date TBA. All services via e-mail and in person are temporarily suspended.   We appreciate your patience and understanding while we make this transition. 

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According to the 72-Year-Rule, "the National Archives releases census records to the general public 72 years after the Census Day".

The 1950 Census was released in April 2022. The 1960 Census will be live after April 2031 on 

  • Click on the link to enter the database when using the library computers. The National Archives has embedded some brief videos on its website that explain the importance of the Census and how details about population, housing, and agriculture can furnish clues to your ancestry lines. 

Other sources for the Census images include: (some may be fee based)


About our Special Collections

The Special Collections room contains more than 8,500 items. Subject areas include Genealogy, the Civil War, Texana, and local history (Palestine and Anderson County). Our vertical files contain information on cemeteries, individual families, houses and businesses in Palestine and general information about Anderson County. 

Ancestry Library Edition and other database subscriptions are available. Free local newspapers dating to 1857 are available on microfilm as are several years of the late 19th century for the Galveston Daily News. (Note: some issues are missing). 

Volunteers who have photographed headstones and found death records and obituaries have helped move the Anderson County Cemetery database closer to being ready to post to the library’s web site. This compilation of records which includes directions, GPS coordinates, enumerations, photos, obituaries, and more will prove invaluable to researchers. There is still plenty of work to do and volunteers are always welcome.

Genealogical information using Internet resources, maps, city directories and telephone books, and genealogical-historical journals are available for browsing. Microfilm reader is available.

Library staff members may assist patrons in finding historical and genealogical material only . The library is not staffed for extensive research. See below for basic query research we can provide. If extensive research is needed, you will need to find a professional researcher, the library may not recommend anyone at this time. 


Worth a Look Websites:

The DAR Genealogical Research System is a combination of several databases created in recent years to organize the large quantity of information that the DAR has collected since its inception in 1890.
Help finding and obtaining a photo of an ancestor's grave marker.
Good place to put basic family outlines online for others to view.
Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities present the National Digital Newspaper Program. Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington are available now, but more will be coming over the next few years.
Texas Death Certificate images online. Free!
The Portal to Texas History, from the University of North Texas
Texas Adjutant General Service Records: 1836 - 1935

This series combines both official service record files from the Adjutant General's Office and alphabetical files created by other agencies that contain records related to an individual's service in a military unit.

Other Social Media Sites:

Texas Genealogy Network

Criminal Genealogy