Genealogy SIG

Third Thursday, 10:00 AM, Annex

The Genealogy SIG provides a forum for the exchange of information and experience about the use of computer programs and the many resources found on the World Wide Web for genealogy research.

   For information contact:
                                                Betty Jean Steinke
  or  Sarah Christiansen  

    We have the following support groups that meet in the Annex: 

             Legacy Support Group meets on the first Wednesday at 10 AM 

             DNA Support Group meets on the second Wednesday at 10 AM

             Family Tree maker support group meets the 4th Tuesday at 1 PM  

Genealogy Resources - Nearby
Resources for a long day trip or more
On-line Genealogy Sites  

Genealogy Tips
Genealogy Library - Books & CDs
Genealogy Software

Special Local Genealogy Meetings

Regularly Scheduled Local Meetings

The SCTX Computer Club Genealogy SIG meets from 10 AM until 11:30 AM on the third Thursday of each month in the Annex located in the Activities Center. Check the Club Meeting Calendar link on the Club home page.

Williamson County Genealogical Society , meets the 3rd Thursday of each month, 7:30 PM, Round Rock Library, 216 E. Main St. Visitors are welcome. 

Austin Genealogical Society , meets the 4th Tuesday of each month, 7 PM, Highland Park Baptist Church, 5206 Balcones Dr., Austin. Visitors are welcome. 

Educational Opportunities

Computer Club Genealogy Classes - Sun City residents teach basic genealogy courses in the CyberCenter Classroom. Check the Training Program page for details. 

RootsWeb's Guide to Tracing Family Trees - A free on-line series of lessons covering all aspects of Genealogy. Presented in an easy-to-follow manner with many links to related sites.

Cyndi's List - Beginners , How-to , How-to~Tutorials & Guides , Supplies, Charts & Forms

Genealogy Resources - Nearby

Georgetown Public Library , 402 W. 8th, Georgetown, Texas - A small Genealogy/Local History room with a collection of primarily local interest items and free access to some of the on-line sites. 

Round Rock Public Library , 216 E Main Street, Round Rock, TX 78664- The Williamson County Genealogical Society collection is here. Some good genealogy links on their Web site. Resources at the Round Rock Library (From May, 2005 presentation. .pdf format)  

Texas State Library & Archives, 1201 Brazos, Austin, Genealogy Collection phone: 512-463-5463. Microfilm copies of most U.S. Federal Census records are available. 

Texas Department of State Health Services (Vital Statistics) , 1100 W. 49th St., Austin, 512-458-7111, open 8-5 M-F. Birth and death certificates have names of parents, occupations, addresses, ages, etc. Start by finding your ancestors in the index at the Genealogy Room of the Texas State Library (see link above). Write down the certificate number for the certificate you want to find. Then go to the Bureau of Vital Statistics, fill out the application form, pay the fee ($22 for a birth certificate copy, $20 for a death certificate copy), and tell the clerk the certificate number. They do not allow visitors to browse their records, so the only way to find out what is on a certificate is to purchase a copy. Copies of marriage and divorce records also are available (also indexed at the state library). To get to the BVS, turn west off Lamar Street, just north of 45th Street--maps are available at the Texas State Library. Provided by Temple Pouncey

Updated information on obtaining copies of death certificates

The Dallas Public Library has all the Texas death certificates from the 20th century on microfilm. They have indexes on microfilm and microfiche starting with 1903. The death certificates are microfilmed in numerical order statewide (not by counties) for each year. For example, to find death certificate number 11654 in the year 1911, one gets the 1911 microfilm reel of certificates from 8401 to 12003 from that year, then scroll through to the right number. Finding the desired certificate on microfilm is free (making a photo copy in Dallas for $.25), while getting a copy from the Bureau of Vital Certificates costs $20. You can find a great deal of genealogical data in less than an hour. Update revised by Betty Jean Steinke, 6/2006

University of Texas at Austin Library, Includes the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, many available on-line. 

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum , 2313 Red River St., Austin, Texas 512-916-5137. It has a major collection of Texas newspapers. Some are on microfilm, others are original papers. 

LDS Family History Center *, 218 Serenada Lane, Georgetown, 863-8221. - Hours are limited. No facilities available to make copies from microfilm. 

LDS Family History Center *, 8140 Racine Trail, Round Rock, 512-388-1160  Hours: Tu-Th 10-1 & 6:30-9 PM, Sat 9-12:30

LDS Family History Center *, 1000 Rutherford Lane, Austin, 512-837-3626. A full service Family History Center just off of IH 35 in North Austin.

* Note for LDS Family History Centers: Visit the Salt Lake City LDS Library Catalog at the FamilySearch Web site before you go. Make a list of the microfilm rolls and/or the microfiche sheets to order for local viewing.

Resources for a long day trip or more

Houston Public Library, Clayton Library An outstanding genealogical research location. 

Dallas Public Library - Another outstanding genealogical research resource. 

On-line Genealogy Sites

Online genealogy sites can be grouped into three main categories, those that are primarily links to other sites of interest, those that have original research data and those that do not neatly fit into one of the other two categories.  We will list the sites alphabetically within these categories, and provide a brief description of them.

Link Sites

Other than Cyndi's list, these are volunteer and some of the links may no longer work. Please report broken links to the appropriate webmaster.

Cyndi's List - The most complete listing of thousands of Genealogy sites, arranged by categories.

Death Indexes and Records - Online searchable death indexes and records. Click on specific state.

Genealogy sites from Mary Von Gerichten  - Illinois and Arkansas information, Bell County Texas, Alabama and adoption links.

Joan Keith's List of Genealogy Sites - 10000 year calendar, genealogy graphics, a publisher, soundex conversion, maps, lots of Texas links, a couple of Jewish links, and Hungarian links.

Joe Pessara's List of Genealogy Sites  links to newspapers, online phone directories, map sites, finding email addresses (in German), state offices of vital records and Linkpendium.

Sarah Christiansen's Genealogy Links   including Jewish genealogy links, holocaust reseach links and phone number links.

Other sites


Genforum - The largest grouping of genealogy lists containing queries organized by surname and by region. 

Steve Morse' site - A site with one step search engines for searching for passenger arrival's, phone numbers, birthdays and alphabet transliteration services.


Research Sites - A large commercial genealogy site with both free and subscription based data.  The library edition of this site is available free of charge at the Georgetown public library. 


Brigham Young University on-line Collections - Free. The Family Archives section has a fast growing collection of digitized genealogy reference books that can be searched for any word, name or phrase. Pages selected are transferred to Adobe Reader for printing.

Castle Garden - Americas first immigration center . offers free access to an extraordinary database of information on 10 million immigrants from 1830 through 1892, the year Ellis Island opened. Over 73 million Americans can trace their ancestors to this early immigration period.

Ellis Island Records - The records of passengers who came to America through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1924 are now searchable on-line. This has been a busy site since it was introduced in early 2001, but it is now becoming easier to access the site. Includes passenger names, ships passenger lists, and pictures of ships. 

Note: Using a Stephen P. Morse's web site  is sometimes an easier way to search Ellis Island records site.

Family Search - The LDS's main genealogy site. Search the Ancestry file, the IGI, or the LDS Library Catalog here. Get the film #'s here for microfilm to be ordered at the LDS Family History Center or download a form to order records by mail.

HeritageQuest Online - Provides a unique, continuously expanding collection of research materials for tracing family lineage and American culture. 25,000 family and local histories are already online, and the complete US Federal Census from 1790-1930, the American Revolutionary War Pension Applications & Bounty Land Warrant Applications, the complete Freedman's Bank Records, and ProQuest obituaries from more than 150 newspapers across America will all be added soon. New enhanced digital images of every page and new linked indexing provide comprehensive resources for genealogists and local historians.

Free access to HeritageQuest Online is available from your home computer through the TexShare program of the Texas State Library. Get access information and password from the Georgetown Public Library. - RootsWeb is now owned by Access is still free.  Roots web has many databases, bulletin boards, the social security death index and many other categories.

RootsWeb's World Connect Project - Over 420 million names in GEDCOM files are available for searching and the collection is growing rapidly. All free. 

User Mailing Lists Hosted by Rootsweb - The place to subscribe to a mailing list that focuses on a surname of interest or on a specific geographic area.  

The USGenWeb Project - The starting point that will lead to the state and county of interest to you. Some information is available at the state level, but most is at the county level. 

Texas GenWeb site - For Texas research, the place to find links to Texas counties. 

Williamson County GenWeb site - A good starting point for Williamson County genealogical research.    


Genealogy Tips 

Sun City's more experienced genealogists share their knowledge.

Computer Club's Genealogy Library

The SCTX Genealogy Library is a part of the Computer Club Library located in the CyberCenter. The collection includes both books and Compact Disks (CDs).

Genealogy Software

Although Legacy and Family Tree Maker appear to be the most popular genealogy programs in Sun City; however, there are many other choices. For an in depth review and ratings of available genealogy programs visit Cyndi's List -- Software & Computers.

Magazine Subscriptions

Here is a list of some popular genealogy magazines:


Refer to Cyndi's List for more ideas - Magazines, Journals, Columns & Newsletters

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