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Ancestry Library Edition


Ancestry Library Edition, distributed exclusively by ProQuest and powered by Ancestry.com, delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. 

Answers await everyone - whether professional or hobbyist, expert or novice, genealogist, or historian - inside the more than 7,000 available databases. Here, you can unlock the story of you with sources like censuses, vital records, immigration records, family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more. 

Ancestry Library Edition is available to Burleson Library cardholders at no charge and is for use at the library only. Please ask a reference librarian how to get started today.

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HeritageQuest Online is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past. The collection consists of six core data sets: U.S. Federal Censuses, Genealogy and local history books, Periodical Source Index (PERSI), Revolutionary War Records, Freedman’s Bank Records, The LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set. HeritageQuest Online is available through the TexShare Databases.
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Newspaper Archives


Burleson Newspaper Archives


Sometime in 1900, Burleson businessman E.M. “Good Roads” Wilson (1872-1956) began publishing The Burleson News. In 1932 Wilson sold the paper to Robert Garland Knox Deering and John Searcy, but Deering and Searcy dissolved their partnership and Deering became the sole owner in 1935. Shortly after World War II, Deering modernized the newspaper by purchasing a Model 14 Mergenthaler Linotype, which is currently on display at the Burleson Visitors Center. In 1958, the newspaper became The Burleson Dispatcher after a contest was held to rename it, and the final edition was printed on September 25, 1985.

The Burleson Star began publication in October of 1965 with Al White as publisher, who was also the publisher of the Johnson County News in Cleburne. Wayne Hutson joined him and eventually became sole owner, sending “camera ready” papers to Fort Worth for printing until 1976, when ABC Publishing Co. was formed to print the Burleson Star and other weekly newspapers in Cleburne. The Burleson Star ceased publication in 2019. Digitization of the Burleson newspapers was generously supported by the Ladd and Katherine Hancher Library Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

The Portal to Texas History has issues from the Burleson News, Burleson Dispatcher and Burleson Star.  Dates range from 1926 to 2014 and all issues are keyword searchable.  

Texas Digital Sanborn Maps through the TexShare Databases

Texas Digital Sanborn Maps provides digital access to 2118 large-scale maps of 436 Texas towns and cities, including Dallas, Houston, Austin, El Paso, Fort Worth, and San Antonio.

The Texas Digital Sanborn Maps are available through the TexShare Databases. 

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