A superb resource for anyone
doing genealogy or history research in Northwest, Florida
library has a truly impressive genealogy and history collection which
is growing daily. From a recent brochure: "Housed in the Louise Kiisel
Fitzgerrald Genealogy Department, the collection has over 4,000 printed
volumes and hundreds of microfilm and microfiche documents. Established
in the late 1980s, the genealogy collection has been used by patrons
and visitors from around the world. The library also has Internet
access to hundreds of global genealogy websites, making research in the
South, Europe, Africa, South American, the Middle East, Asia, and
across the United States possible."
this has been an impressive resource over the past 20 years, it has
become much more inviting and useful under the supervision of Director
David Weatherford, who says, "We now have over 6500 books and documents
in the genealogy collection. And, we are now the
largest genealogical library in Northwest Florida." David has enlarged
and framed about 50 photos
of life in the area. These 1920 photos are displayed around the library
near the ceiling. He has also reoriented the genealogy section, making
pleasing and easier to use. Plans are to finish a room
where patrons may use microform readers without disturbing
The filing cabinets housing this material are already in the room.
Photo on right is the lounge area in the genealogy section.
and how-to books are available to help beginners. Forms for recording
census information may be purchased at a reasonable fee. A photocopy
machine is available, also at reasonable cost.
collections such as the impressive 128 volume "War of the Rebellion"
series, published census records, county Heritage books and others
enhance the more than 400 family histories. Military History, African
American research, Genealogical and Historical Journals, and a growing
section on Native Americans are but a few useful items.
and location may be found at the county's site for the library:
is suggested that one may make best use of their time on a first visit
by coming early in the day when staff is available to help. Phone is:
Seating area for researchers.
alphabetically by state
The children's area in the main
library. Story time is greatly enjoyed here.