The Colony Public Library

History & Genealogy

Genealogy databases, world, U.S. and Texas history, maps and information on Texas.
African American History Online

African American History Online:

Thousands of cross-referenced entries, covering the entire spectrum of African-American history over the past 500 years.

American Indian Histories and Cultures

American Indian Histories and Cultures:

Native American history including photos, newspapers, treaties, speeches, diaries, maps and journals.

The American West

The American West:

Original manuscripts, journals, personal accounts, maps, city directories, catalogues, photos and other rare printed works. is a popular genealogy research resource and is available on the History Corner workstation at the Library.

Bibliography of Native North Americans

Bibliography of Native North Americans:

Citations of resources covering all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life. Click on the title to access this resource.

HeritageQuest Online

HeritageQuest Online:

A collection of digitized material that puts family research in an historical, social and cultural context.

P4A Antiques Reference

P4A Antiques Reference:

Everything you want to know about antiques, fine art & collectibles--pictures, descriptions & selling prices.

Texas Digital Sanborn Maps

Texas Digital Sanborn Maps:

Valuable tools for learning about the history, growth and development of Texas cities. Access through the Library catalog (see below).

TSHA Online

TSHA Online:

Texas State Historical Association's gateway to Texas history. Includes the Handbook of African American Texas.

World Vital Records

World Vital Records:

Family History and Genealogy records, family trees, U.S. Federal Census images & indexes from 1790 to 1940; military records; Social Security Death Index (SSDI), newspaper articles & international records.

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Accessing online resources through the Library catalog:

You can access these databases by logging into our catalog at with your Library card ID and password.

  • Your initial password is "userpass" and you will be asked to change it.

  • Click on Resources to the right of the Search box.You will see a list of our online resource categories drop down. Click on the arrow next to the category to view available sites. You can check one or more to search, or you can click on a title to go directly into the resource site.

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