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Obituary Look-Ups

Sims Library offers hundreds of Genealogical references, including microfilm, electronic, and print format. Our microfilm collection contains the archives of the Waxahachie Daily Light newspaper (1902-present) and the Waxahachie Enterprise (1876-1931), as well as other local newspapers from Ellis County.


We will also do obituary research for patrons who cannot visit the library in person. The library charges $5 per name and 25¢ per page for copies of obituaries or newspaper articles. Sims Library cannot guarantee successful results, refund payment, nor send research prior to payment. Payments may be sent as check, money order, or cash only.


Requests for research may be sent to:

Nicholas P. Sims Library
Attn: Reference Dept.
515 W. Main St.
Waxahachie, TX 75165

Available on Microfilm:

Newspapers:

 

Dallas Morning News    1987-1993

Ennis Weekly Local       1901-1928

Ferris Wheel                  1896-1973

Midlothian Argus           1909-12/1942

Milford Press                 1939-1944

Nation                            1937-1952

Palmer Rustler               1918-1987

Waxahachie Enterprise  1876-1934

Waxahachie Daily Light 1898-Current

See More Items Available on Microfilm here.

*Notice: Some reels are missing days and some are very aged. Microfilm is available to be seen in the library. Contact the reference librarian at adult@simslib.org for more information on available microfilm.

Genealogy Workshop with Pat Kemper

Every Friday 12-2 PM in the Reference Department. Whether you're a novice or well-versed in genealogy research, Pat Kemper offers help to anyone researching his family history. Be sure to bring your documents and questions!

 

Online Resources

Archive.org also known as Internet Archive provides access to downloadable copies of books that are both in copyright and out of copyright. By creating a free account many books are available for download. Many of the books available are non-fiction and a great help to Genealogists.
 

Also Available on Microfilm:

Texas

1900, 1910, 1920 Texas Census Soundex

1850, 1860, 1870, & 1880 Texas Mortality Schedules

1850, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 Texas census

1880 Texas Census

1850 Texas Slave Schedule

Index to Probate Birth Records 1945 & Prior

Index to Texas Death Records 1903-1940

Index to Texas Death Records 1946-1973

Texas Birth Indexes 1903-1976

1890 Special Census of Union Verans and widows of Civil War (Texas)

​Hunt County Texas: Chattle Mortgage Records 1872-1873

Index to compiled service records of Confederate soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Texas

Ellis County

​Ellis County Marriage Records 1900-1911

​Ellis County Tax Rolls 1850-1910

Ellis County Wills and Guardianship Records, 1850-1918

Other States

1850 Tennessee Census: Decatur, Dekalb, & Dickson Counties

1850 North Carolina Cnesus: Duplin & Edgecomb Counties

1850 Maryland Census: Baltimore Co. Part Eastern 2nd & 5th District

*Notice: Some reels are missing days and some are very aged. Microfilm is available to be seen in the library. Contact the reference librarian at adult@simslib.org for more information on available microfilm.

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