Frances Pittman Malcolm Genealogy Room
Welcome to the Grapevine Public Library’s Frances Pittman Malcolm Genealogy Room! We have developed an extensive collection of over 13,000 books, several subscription databases, over 12,000 rolls of microfilm, and many other resources to encourage researchers in the discovery and documentation of their ancestors. The focus is on Texas and the South, but other areas are being built up as researchers’ interests indicate.
What databases do you have?
We provide in-house access to the following databases: NewsBank, which includes America’s GenealogyBank; NewspaperArchive.com; Newspapers.com; Ancestry Library Edition; Fold3; HistoryGeo, and HeritageQuest Online.
Can I access them from home?
HeritageQuest Online can be accessed from home through the TexShare database portal if you have a Grapevine Library card. You must first show your card to a librarian in order to obtain access to TexShare databases. NewsBank can be accessed from home with your library card barcode.
Do you have newspapers?
We have the following Grapevine newspapers on microfilm: The Grapevine Sun from 1898 to the final issue of April 30, 2009, with some gaps; The Banner from 1978-July 1982, and The Herald from September 17, 1964 to March 27, 1969 We also have access to current newspapers nationwide through NewsBank, and historical newspapers via NewsBank's America’s GenealogyBank. Historical newspapers are also available via NewspaperArchive.com and Newspapers.com
Do you have genealogy records on microfilm?
A list of our microfilms can be found HERE.
When is the Genealogy Room open?
It is open whenever the library is open.
Do you have books I can check out?
Yes, we have a small circulating collection mainly consisting of how-to books relating to various aspects of genealogical research, such as how to get started in genealogical research; how to use and care for photographs; how to do ethnic research; how to do online research, and more.
Can I print/save/e-mail items from databases?
Depending on the database, you can do one or more of those things.
Do you have old maps of Grapevine?
The best “old” map of Grapevine that we have was drawn in 1982 and shows how Grapevine likely looked between the 1800s and 1920. We have a few older fold-out street maps. We also have a few nineteenth-century plat maps of Tarrant County which show original Grapevine landowners.
Do you have Grapevine city directories?
Yes, but only one. The only copies of a Grapevine city directory known to exist are from 1972 and are at this library, theState Library in Austin, and the Dallas Public Library. Fort Worth Public Library has directories for greater Fort Worth but Grapevine is not included in them. The Dallas Public Library has telephone directories for Grapevine for the years 1955-1962 and 1964-1996.
Do you have old photos of Grapevine?
We do not have any original photos of Grapevine. The only photos are those in the Grapevine Area History book, the book Grapevine’s Unforgettable Characters, and the book Grapevine, from the Images of America series. We have a few photocopies of photos in the Grapevine Local History File.
Do you have aerial photos of Grapevine before they built the lake?
The only photos we have of Grapevine prior to lake construction are a few photocopied articles from the Dallas Morning News in the Local History File.
Do you do lookups?
Yes, we can look up specific information about an individual in a specific book or database. We cannot do lengthy research on an individual or family.
How much do copies cost?
Photocopies and printouts cost ten cents each. Anything that is photocopied and mailed by the staff costs one dollar per page to cover copying and postage costs.
Can you send me a copy digitally?
Yes, we can scan and send a reasonable number of pages if you provide your e-mail address. There is no charge for this.
Do you have genealogical periodicals?
Yes, we have many genealogical periodicals. They are not cataloged. A list of titles and issues can be found HERE.
Do you have genealogy classes?
We currently offer a free beginner program in March, an intermediate program in June, and an advanced program in September. However, individual assistance is available year round.
Do you take donations of genealogy books, periodicals, or microfilms?
At the Genealogy Librarian's discretion, we accept donations appropriate for the collection that are not duplicates and are in good condition.
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