Explore Your Genealogy

If you are interested in learning more about your family history, the Genealogy Department at the Mesquite Public Library is the place to begin your search. An excellent collection of genealogy materials is housed at the Main Library (300 West Grubb Drive).

The collection includes microfilm census records for Texas and other areas of the U.S., journals from genealogy societies, family histories, city directories, local histories, yearbooks and over 7,000 books to assist you in tracing your family history. Call 972-216-6229 for assistance. The TexShare databases that are offered by the library provide access to HeritageQuest online.

Ancestry Library Edition provides access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos, plus local narratives, oral histories, indexes and other resources in over 30,000 databases that span from the 1500s to the 2000s. This program is available only in the library buildings and cannot be accessed remotely.

Whether you’re a seasoned researcher or just beginning the search for your roots, our genealogy librarian can help you get started on your journey to discover more about yourself through your family history.

Local Newspapers on Microfilm

Mesquite News (1904-2018)

The Dallas Morning News (1885-2011)

The Dallas Times Herald (1956-1991)


Texas Resources on Microfilm

  • Complete Federal Census, 1850-1930
  • Birth and Death Indexes
  • Selected Dallas County Probate Packets and Tax Rolls, 1846-1900
  • Voter Registration of 1867
  • Texas Confederate Service Records