THE REDFERN GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH CENTERLocated in the Centennial Library next to Best Buy on Loop 250 N and is open during regular library hours.
ORIGINIn 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.
GOALTo house and maintain our genealogical collection to the best of our ability. To assist patrons to easily find what they need.
OUR COLLECTIONWe 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:
Copies of MaterialMidland 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.