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Genealogy ~ Association Links

Federation of Genealogical Societies: Provides links for anyone interested in genealogy. The above link will provide access societies in Texas; however, you can search all states and find more information and contacts.

National Genealogical Society: Established to serve and grow the genealogical community by providing education and training and promoting access to genealogical records.

Texas State Genealogical Society: Organized and operated as a non-profit whose mission is to research, record, accumulate, reproduce, distribute, and circulate genealogical and historical material.

West Texas Children's Aid and Welfare Association: Established in 2002 so adoptees or their families may be able to locate and contact one another.

West Texas Genealogical Society: Covering 13 counties in West Texas, the purpose of the society is to promote interest, research, and preservation of family histories. Group meets regularly in Abilene.


Genealogy ~ Miscellaneous Links

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet: Provides a comprehensive, categorized and cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.

HeritageQuest Online (Database): Library Card Required: Click on "Research Aids" when you log in and access guides to help you get started when it comes to genealogy researching.

Mary's Genealogy Treasures: Canadian site providing genealogy links to several countries and ethnic groups as well as research aides. Sections provided on the U.S. as well.

Researching Your Family Tree: A free web course in basic genealogy research. This self-paced tutorial is designed for beginning genealogists with basic computer and Internet skills.

Texas Cemeteries: Provides cemetery histories, inscription records, directions, and photographs of Texas cemeteries and burial grounds. Stories, inscription records, directions, and photographs.

The USGenWeb Project: Created by a group of volunteers working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and state of the U.S.

The USGenWeb Project ~ Taylor County: Provides access to the Taylor County Archives portion of USGenWeb.


Genealogy ~ Records Links

National Archives and Records Administration: The nation's record keeper of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted in the U.S. federal government.

Public Information Online
: Searchable database of state, national, and international online public records including property, criminal, court, birth, death, marriage, and more. May require fees for full access.

Texas Department of Health's Bureau of Vital Statistics: Access vital records for Texas including birth and death certificates, marriage applications, and divorce records.

Vital Records Information for the United States: Connects users with information on where to obtain vital records information from each state, territory, and county of the United States.


Genealogy ~ Search Links

Abilene Reporter-News ~ Search Page: Powered by, this site allows you to perform searches for obituaries and guest books through the Abilene Reporter-News.

Family Reunion: Search for family reunion locations and dates online. Please note that the reunion has to be announced on this page by a family member for it to be listed.

Family Search: Provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, this nonprofit site allows you to search through a large collection of genealogical and historical records.

Find a Grave: A volunteer run site for locating over 121 million grave sites including famous grave sites, searching by location and date, looking at most popular searches and more.

MyHeritage: Founded by a team of people with a passion for genealogy with a vision for making it easier for people to use the Internet to discover their heritage. Register on this site to search billions of records.

Rootsweb: Powered by to search births, deaths, marriages, and divorces all over the world with search tools available through the site.

Rootsweb - Taylor County: Powered by to Search births, deaths, marriages, and divorces in the Taylor County area.


History ~ Country Studies Links

CIA World Factbook: The CIA World Factbook contains plenty of detailed information on the geography, demographics, government and economics of countries, territories, and regions of interest to the U.S.

LC Country Studies: Offers information on countries including history, economics, culture, etc., in an effort first sponsored by the U.S. Department of the Army.

Nationmaster: Access information for comparing statistics from several nations from a compilation of data from hundreds of sources.


History ~ Miscellaneous Links

Anne Frank Center USA: This center uses the diary and spirit of Anne Frank as unique tools to advance her legacy and educate young people about the dangers of intolerance.

Costume Gallery: Provides a look at costumes from the past and what people were wearing as far back as the 1800s.

World Flag Database: Offers brief country information with images of flags. Contains over 260 pages with country name, capital, currency, and other facts.


History ~ Texas History Links

12th Armored Division: Serving as a display and teaching museum for the study of World War II and its impact on the American people. Located across the street from the Main Library. Offers information for the Hispanic population in Abilene including resources, calendars, newsletters, and a history of Hispanics in Abilene.

Daughters of the Republic of Texas: Founded in 1891 to perpetuate the memory and spirit of those who achieved and maintained the independence of Texas.

Fort Phantom Hill Lake: Learn about the rich history of Lake Fort Phantom Hill. Acquire information if visiting and view a calendar of upcoming events.

Journal of Texas Music History: The first academic journal to focus on all aspects of southwestern music history and part of the History Department at Texas State University.

New Handbook of Texas: One of the best and most authoritative sources of information on Texas history as a project of the Texas State Historical Association.

Portal to Texas History: Serving as a gateway to Texas history materials to discover anything from an ancestor's picture in a college yearbook to a rare historical map.

Taylor County Historical Commission: Government office organized to remind the residents of the area of their heritage, and to keep alive the names and places which are important to the rich history of this region.

Texas History and Culture: Offers links and information to sites concerning Texas history thanks to El Centro College.


History ~ U.S. History Links

African American Registry: Access to a calendar-based series of Black American accomplishments from before the Mayflower to the present. This site also contains a poetry and lyrics link which holds collected works of both genres of Black culture.

The American Presidency: The Miller Center is a nonpartisan institute that seeks to expand understanding of the presidency, policy, and political history, providing critical insights for the nation's governance challenges.

American Rhetoric: Contains over 5,000 speeches and sermons, plus a declaration or two, and indexed on this site that contains some of the most stirring words in history.

Battlefield Vietnam: Includes a brief history, timeline, information on guerrilla tactics and air war from the PBS site.

Founding Fathers Page: Hosted by the National Archives and Records Administration, this site offers brief biographical information on the 55 delegates to the Constitutional convention.

Poetry and Music of the War Between the States: Offers both Union and Confederate music and poetry written during and after the War.

POTUS: Presidents of the United States: Locate background information, election results, cabinet members, notable events, and some points of interest on each of the presidents. Also provides links to biographies, historical documents, audio and video files, and other presidential sites.


History ~ World History Links

Gifts of Speech: Provides access to speeches made by influential contemporary women.

The History Place: Offers a guide to interesting people, important events, birthdays, and more.

HistoryNet - This Day in History: Discover what happened on this day in history as well as exploring different points in history for researching purposes.

World War I Trenches on the Web: An Internet History of the Great War: Provides statistics, biographies, song lyrics, timelines, and much more recommended by the U.S. WWI Centennial Commission, The Library of Congress, the U.S. National Archives, and more.