Blanco Library

Genealogy Resources

Use these sites to find obituaries, cemeteries, and other traces of your departed ancestors:

(courtesy of Family Tree Magazine and the Texas Historical Commission) 

American Battle Monuments Commission: If you have military ancestors buried in U.S. cemeteries abroad, this is the place to find them. The site covers 24 overseas military cemeteries with almost 125,000 American war dead, plus Tablets of the Missing that memorialize more than 94,000 U.S. servicemen and servicewomen.

Cyndislist: Links over 280,000 genealogical websites listed by category.

Family Search: Digitized copy of vital records as they appear in the courthouse covering most states and Canadian provinces and many other countries.

Find a Grave: This simple, yet powerful, cemetery database has grown to more than 31 million grave transcriptions. You can search by name, birth date, death date, or cemetery location, or browse a cemetery for people you think might be your ancestors.

Texas Land Grants: The General Land Office contains records of land grants awarded for military service to Republic of Texas and Confederate soldiers. A user-submitted gravestone records that cover cemeteries that no longer exist, along with graveyards beyond the U.S. special collections cover veterans' cemeteries, flooded cemeteries, California mission graveyards, Woodmen of the World burials, and more. You can track ancestors using this website that provides free transcriptions of the 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880 census mortality schedules. Enumerators recorded information on all people who perished within the 12 months preceding the census.

National Archives and Records Administration: The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has complete pre-World War I military service records.

National Personnel Records Center: The National Personnel Records Center contains millions of military personnel, health and medical records of discharged and deceased veterans of all services who served during the 20th century.

Nationwide Gravesite Locator: This is the Department of Veterans' Affairs Website that searches burial locations of veterans and their family members in VA National Cemeteries, state veterans cemeteries, and various other military and Department of Interior cemeteries. It also includes veterans buried in private cemeteries where the grave is marked with a government grave marker.

Rootsweb: Contains the Social Security Death Index along with search engines and message boards.

The Portal to Texas History

Texas State Library and Archives Commission: The Texas State Library and Archives Commission houses numerous military records, including information on individuals who served in the Republic of Texas Army and Navy, the Texas Rangers and frontier forces, Confederate States Army, Civil War-era home guard units and soldiers who served in the Spanish American War.

US GenWeb: Local information generated in counties across the country.