The Huntsville Public Library will be closed on Friday, April 14th and will reopen at 10 a.m. Monday, April 17th.

Basic Genealogy classes

There will be a series of Genealogy Classes teaching the basics of research at Huntsville Public Library on Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. beginning January 26, 2017.  Johnnie Jo Dickenson will guide participants in the research of their family history using investigative tools such as online databases and resources and the library’s extensive genealogy collection. The two-hour sessions will be held every week through February 23, 2017 in the Library’s Community Room. Please register here or call Mary Kokot at 936-291-5471.

Genealogy Dead Ends Saturdays

The Huntsville Public Library is pleased to announce an opportunity for genealogy enthusiasts to meet with an experienced and qualified genealogical researcher. Two-hour sessions will be offered the first and second Saturdays for a six-month period beginning in November. Sessions are scheduled from 1:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Attendance will be limited to no more than three researchers. The small group will allow each participant to receive individual attention. Those dates for December are Saturday, December 3 and 10. Register here.

WCGS monthly meeting set

The Walker County Genealogical Society will meet from 10 a.m. to noon on Jan. 21, in the Huntsville Public Library Community Room. The meeting is open to the public. The topic for the January meeting will be "Whole Census."

Winter Lock-In

Sunday Winter Library Lock-in will be from 12:30 to 6 p.m. February 19, 2017. A light lunch will be served. Marian Hunter will be available to discuss “Revisiting Family Search”. The Genealogy Room and Computer Lab will be open for research.
winter lock in 2017

About the Johnnie Jo Sowell Dickinson Genealogy Room

Explore your family history at the Huntsville Public Library.

Family history, sometimes known as genealogy, is said by many to be the fastest growing hobby in America. Popular television programs tickle our fancy by exploring the family history of celebrities and prominent people. Television and radio advertisements entice us to explore our family tree and learn about our heritage. The question on many people’s mind is, “Where do I begin and how do I get started?”

Here’s an answer. Get started on your family history at the Huntsville Public Library. Stop by 1219 13th Street. Visit with the genealogy staff and volunteers. Ask questions. Take a look at all the Huntsville Public Library has to offer. Take advantage of the library’s excellent collection of print materials and array of electronic resources including Heritage Quest, American Ancestor, and the popular Search the U.S. census and military records. Find marriage and death records of long forgotten ancestors. Explore your family history.

Family history is fun and a fascinating pursuit. It’s also a free service provided by your Huntsville Public Library. The Huntsville Public Library is a FamilySearch Affiliate Library.

The Johnnie Jo Sowell Dickenson Genealogy Room at the Huntsville Public Library houses more than six thousand books, newspapers, microfilm, and computer based resources for family history research. The Genealogy collection covers wide historical and geographical content. The collection has been developed to give particular attention to Walker County and Southern roots.  Volunteers from the Walker County Genealogical Society regularly assist patrons with their family history questions in the Genealogy room. Seven computers are reserved for genealogy researchers. Please read the Genealogy Room policy for proper use of and behavior in the Genealogy Room.


The Huntsville Public Library has access to HeritageQuest Online through the Texshare Databases. Heritage Quest is a premier online genealogy database that includes images and indexes of federal census records from 1790 to 1940.  Heritage Quest also makes available more than 20,000 full text family history and local history books. Heritage Quest includes the Freedman's Bank Records, a primary source for African American family history research. 

Access  to the Texshare Databases and Heritage Quest Online is readily available at the Huntsville Public Library. Outside access requires a login and password. Please contact the Huntsville Public Library for details.

The Library subscribes to Ancestry Library Edition and American Ancestors, the website of the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Ancestry Library Edition is a comprehensive source for conducting local and family history research. Ancestry Library Edition includes census records, the Social Security Death Index, immigration records, photographs, maps, military records, and more.

American Ancestors is an award-winning genealogical website. It a product of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and is the online repository for more than 200 million searchable names covering New England, New York, and beyond.

These subscription-based websites can be accessed in the Library only.

How to access Heritage Quest from home

Available Staff

Toni Herrington is available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. She can be reached at 936-291-5473.

Richard Lane is available from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Friday and Noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday. He can be reached at 936-291-5473.

Be sure to check out the following Genealogy resources on the web:


Stephen F. Austin Digital Archives

Focuses on East Texas related resources with an emphasis on history, science, and multicultural resources.

Walker County Treasures

Consists of 9 collections of photographs and documents related to Walker County, Texas.

Walker County Genealogical Society

The website of the official genealogy society of Huntsville and Walker County.  Meeting information, workshops, genealogy events, research materials available and much more!

History of Baylor County, Texas From 1879 to 1930



This award-winning genealogical website is part of the New England Historic Genealogical Society and is the online repository for more than 200 million searchable names covering New England, New York, and beyond.
Ancestry Library Edition
A comprehensive source for conducting local and family history research, Ancestry Library Edition includes census records, the Social Security Death Index, immigration records, photographs, maps, military records, and more. Due to licensing restrictions, Ancestry Library Edition can only be accessed in the Library.
The Portal is a gateway to Texas history materials. You may discover anything from an ancestor's picture to a rare historical map. From prehistory to the present day, you can explore unique collections from Texas libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, genealogical societies, and private family collections. The Portal continues to grow as additional partners contribute digital versions of their collections. We hope you'll return often to discover our latest additions.
The Texas State Library offers an extensive set of free online databases for librarycardholders. Categories include academic research, books and literature, science and technology, homework help, genealogy and history, and health and medicine.



Family Tree Maker

Search by surname and individual

LDS Family Search

Search by surname and individual

Cyndi's List

General research site


Search by state, then by county


Search by surname


Search by surname

Library of Congress

Genealogy website of the Library of Congress


Genealogy resources from the National Archives and Records Administration

Surname Web

Searchable registry of thousands of surnames and links

Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness

Get the help you need

Find a Grave

Use this site to locate a grave or cemetery

Mayflower Genealogy

Caleb Johnson's Mayflower pages with information about the famous ship

African American Cemeteries Use this site to locate a grave for African American relatives