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Libraries & Other Archives
Sharron Mirikitani

Libraries and Other Archives. Featuring local resources. What records are available and where to find them.

Ellis County Museum:  http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txecm/
The purposes of the Ellis County Museum are (1) to collect, preserve, and interpret artifacts and information on the scientific, technological, artistic, social, political, educational, natural, economic, and cultural history of Ellis County; (2) to make Museum holdings and information accessible to the public by means of publication and exhibition; (3) and to engage in and to encourage others to engage in study and educational use of Museum holdings and collections.

Nicholas P Sims Library:  http://www.simslib.org/
515 West Main Street”
Waxahachie, TX 75165

Genealogy resources:  http://www.simslib.org/genealogy.html
Sims Library offers hundreds of Genealogical references, including microfilm, electronic, and print format. Their microfilm collection contains the archives of the Waxahachie Daily Light newspaper (1902-present) and the Waxahachie Enterprise (1876-1931), as well as other local newspapers from Ellis County.

Reference/Genealogy Hours (located on the lower level)
Tuesday 11:30-7:45 PM
Wednesday-Friday 11:30-5:45 PM
Saturday 9:30-2:15 PM

Ennis Public Library http://www.ennistx.gov/library/
501 W. Ennis Ave
Ennis, TX 75119
Ph: (972) 875-5360

Local History & Genealogical Resources http://www.ennistx.gov/Genealogy-Regional-History/
Monday-Wednesday 10am – 6pm
Thursday 10am – 8pm
Friday 10am – 6pm
Saturday 10am – 2pm

Ferris Public Library: http://ferristx.org/index/index.php/2014-04-07-21-03-55/library
301 E 10th St
Ferris, TX
Tuesday – Friday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Judge Grace Campbell McKnight genealogy collection is available for your family research during regular Library hours. Ancestry is currently installed on all public use computers.

A H Meadows Public Library is a joint Public and High School Library funded by the City of Midlothian and the Midlothian Independent School District
922 S 9th St
Midlothian, TX 76065

S M Dunlap Library
300 W Main Street
Italy, TX 7665

Library of Congress E-Resources Online Database  http://eresources.loc.gov/
Online Databases: The Library of Congress > E-Resources Home > Databases

American Libraries Online  https://archive.org/details/americana?&sort+-downloads&page=2

Archive.org is an online digital library of e-books.  https://archive.org/

Descriptive and oral text of Ellis County, Texas  https://archive.org/details/descriptivehisto00rust

Texas Share Database:  https://www.tsl.texas.gov/texshare/databases

Library Resources:  http://www.libraryoftexas.org/texshare/ RMN1389 TX75165

Requires Ancestry Academy subscription

Public Libraries: Mining Untapped Genealogy Resources https://www.ancestry.com/academy/course/genealogy-public-libraries

Making the Most of Public Libraries https://www.ancestry.com/academy/course/public-libraries-research​