Redfern Genealogical Research Center

THE REDFERN GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH CENTER

Located in the Centennial Library next to Best Buy on Loop 250 N and is open during regular library hours.

ORIGIN

In May of 1968, the Lt. William Brewer chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution placed a very small collection of genealogical research books in the library. Donations continued to be given by individuals and societies. In April of 1987, the collection was named the Redfern Genealogical Research Center in reflection of past and ongoing support by the John and Rosalind Redfern. Today, patrons visiting from many areas are richly rewarded by the outstanding genealogical research resource it has become. It is ranked in the top ten of Texas Genealogy Libraries.

GOAL

To house and maintain our genealogical collection to the best of our ability. To assist patrons to easily find what they need.

OUR COLLECTION

We have an international research collection containing materials for all 50 states and some foreign countries. The collection contains approximately over 30,000 items—books, periodicals, microfilm, and city directories. These holdings include many county and state census indexes and histories, as well as abstracts of records such as wills, deeds, marriages, court minutes, vital records, church, cemetery records and colonial collections of several states.

PLANNING A VISIT

Items to bring:

  • Information about the family you will be researching that day.
  • Midland County Public Library Card or photo ID if you would like a library card
  • Sweater or jacket (it is often chilly--especially in summer)
  • Small bills for copies (we are unable to provide change)
  • Flash drive (saving from computer, book scanner, or microfilm read is free)
  • Notebook or paper to take notes on -- or ask us for scratch paper
  • COPYING OPTIONS

      DIGITAL BOOK SCANNER allows patrons to save scanned images to USB drive, e-mail to self, and/or print.

      DIGITAL MICROFILM/MICROFICHE READER allows patrons to save scanned images to USB drive, e-mail to self, and/or print.

      B&W XEROX COPY MACHINE Standard/legal size $0.15 per page--11 x 17 size $0.20 per page. A color copy Xerox/FAX machine is available in main part of library.

      Computer printouts $0.10 per page.

    SERVICES

    Copies of Material

    Midland Library will accept requests for copies of materials (not to exceed 20 pages) only when an exact citation is provided.

    Requests are $3.00 per citation – nonrefundable if article is not found. Please send payment along with the exact information. Checks and money orders are accepted and should be made out to "Midland County Public Library."

    Midland Library staff members are trained to offer research strategies and assist the researcher in locating materials which will aid in their research. We are unable to perform in-depth research for patrons. Requests that would involve extensive searches through a variety of sources are considered in-depth research. Midland’s usual practice with requests for in-depth research is to send a list of private researchers with whom you can contract for services. The presence of a name on this list does not constitute an endorsement by Midland Library.

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