AfriGeneas States Research Forum
[TX] Dallas Public Library Research
Just a note for researchers who find themselves in the Dallas, TX area. If you have the opportunity to go to the Dallas Central Library on Young St., GO!
They have oodles of microfilm from each state broken down by General then County. For instance, they had an extensive collection for Tennessee (almost more than on Texas!) on microfilm including: Compiled Service Records for Union Volunteers, ALL the Confederate Questionaires (which is much more complete than the book) plus a roll of Union Questionaires, the Confederate Veteran & Widow
For the people in Rowan and Martin county, they had a pretty
Logistics. Parking is expensive but they have an underground garage which is $8.00 a day. Parking on the street is allowed up till 4 p.m. and after 6 p.m. but that is 25 cents for 15 minutes (1.00 / hr). Street front parking is free on Sundays. Microfilm copies are 25 cents / copy and the printers tend to pick up any darkness present in the film.
Take plenty of change although they do have a change machine which accepts up to $5.00 bills. Parking payment is
Homeless people abound in the area of the library so personally, I like the underground parking as I don't have to worry about being accosted for cigarettes, etc. Security is very good and the staff helpful. The seventh floor (most of the genealogy stuff is on the 8th floor) has historical records, telephone directories, and microfilm of old TX and other states' newspapers. There is a nice finding aid for the TX papers, an index of all names mentioned in the collection. For instance, I found one relative, W.J. HARDISON, sheriff of Martin county, who was endorsing some patent medicine in the late 1800s.
All in all, a worthy addition to any researcher's list of places to visit.