The UCF Library has limited resources for primary genealogical research. The historical collections of books and journals in the UCF Library may be of some interest to those seeking information about places and events. Many print and electronic indexes are available to provide access to historical information and articles, including:
African American Biographical Database
America: History and Life
Biography & Genealogy Master Index
Biography Resource Center
Dissertation Abstracts (1861- )
HarpWeek: The Civil War Era, Reconstruction I & II, and Gilded Age I-VI (1857-1912)
History Resource Center: U.S. (1497- )
Index to Early American Periodicals (1741-1935)
Index to 19th-Century American Art Periodicals
JSTOR (provides full text from over 300 scholarly journals, including over 50 history journals)
New York Times Index (1851- )
Poole's Index to Periodical Literature (1802-1906)
Women Writers Project (1526-1833)
WorldCat (the world's most comprehensive bibliography, with over 40 million bibliographic records representing 400 languages and covering information from 4,000 years of knowledge)
The Reference Collection has some books to guide genealogical research, including:
REF CS 44.S67 1997 - The Sourcebook of County Court Records: A National Guide to Civil, Criminal and Probate Records at the County and Municipal Levels within the State Court Systems
REF CS 47.C75 1994 - The Genealogist’s Companion & Sourcebook by Emily Croom
REF E 180.F54 1985 - A Bibliography of American County Histories compiled by P. William Filby
REF E 180.K3 1972 - The American Counties: Origins of Names, Dates of Creation and Organization, Area, Population, Historical Data, and Published Sources by Joseph Nathan Kane
REF F 311.H57 1992 - Historical and Genealogical Holdings in the State of Florida
REF G 1201.F7.T5 1987 - Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790-1920 by William Thorndale and William Dollarhide
REF Z 1215... - American Bibliography: A Chronological Dictionary of All Books, Pamphlets and Periodical Publications Printed in the United States of America... (1639-1800) by Charles Evans; American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist (1801-1819) by Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker; American Imprints (1820-1846) by Richard H. Shoemaker; and other bibliographies on shelves nearby.
REF Z 6620.U5.N3 - National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections
Special Collections is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. It houses materials which are considered rare or of special interest to researchers. It also houses materials relating to the University and to the local community, including:
Carey Hand Funeral Home (Orlando, FL). Funeral Records, 1891-1955.
Undertakers Memoranda, June 15, 1891-Dec. 27, 1946. (Not indexed, on day by day basis)
Funeral register, Jan. 1, 1919-Dec. 30, 1952. (Indexed, each volume alphabetically)
Greenwood and Palm cemetery records. (Indexed alphabetically)
Cremations records, Jan. 1, 1934-Dec. 1949. (Indexed)
Ambulance records, Jan. 1, 1934- May 1955. (Not indexed, on day by day basis)
Veterans and Orlando Air Base records. Veterans: Jan. 10, 1938-Mar.18, 1952. Orlando Air Base: Nov. 22, 1940-May 3, 1942. (Not indexed, on day by day basis)
United States Census
1830-1880 Population Schedules, Florida [Microfilm HA312.A23] list individual names for each household in Florida from the decennial censuses, 1830-1880. Name indexes are available for 1830, 1840, & 1850 in the UCF Library Reference Collection [REF F310.J3].
Some historic statistical data is available in the UCF Library for all decennial census years, 1790 to the present. The statistical data does not list the names of individuals and is mostly at the national and state level.
UCF Government Resources include:
U.S. Serial Set (1789- ) provides the names of recipients of private relief and related Congressional actions, such as petitions for remission of duties, pensions to widows, granting of relief, etc. Another important source for names, where many thousands appear that have not been indexed individually, are lists of land claimants, soldiers, impressed sailors, pensioners, voters or signers of petitions, indexed under the term "list".
Index of Patents (1842- ) provides a list of patents registered in a particular year, arranged by subject of invention and name of patentee. From 1842-1871, claims descriptions, and illustrations are also included. Information is available at UCF in microfilm (1842-1973), paper (1927-1996) and electronic (1976- ). See also the U.S. Serial Set for the Annual Reports from the Commissioner of Patents which usually included a list of patents and patentees.
Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps (1884-1950s) - Florida cities & towns on microfilm (3rd floor)
[MFLM G 3931 .G475 S3 1983]
Florida History Resources identifies resources in the UCF Library and on the Internet about Florida history.
Florida Microform Sets are mainly about Orange County, Florida, including some legal records and tax rolls. Most are not indexed nor do they have guides, except for an occasional guide on the microform itself. The time period covered by these sets ranges from 1576 to 1968; most of the information is from the 1800's.
Florida Newspapers identifies online and microfilm resources, including the full text of the Tampa Tribune (1895-1951) and the index for the Florida Times-Union (1899-1925, 1929, 1938-1968).
Microfilm is available in the UCF Library on the 3rd floor for several Florida newspapers from the 1800s and early 1900s. The newspapers are grouped together on reels labeled "Florida newspapers miscellaneous", of which the UCF Library has reels 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 15, 16, 18, 21, and 22. For most of the newpapers, only a few issues are available and in many cases only a single daily issue. Some individual titles have issues spread out over several reels.
Newspapers on Microfilm identifies the coverage of newspapers available in the UCF Library, including newspapers from California (1849-1983), Colorado (1859-1895), Washington, DC (1800-1869), Georgia (1868-1879, 1950- ), Illinois (1849- ), Kentucky (1830-1868), Louisiana (1802-1983), Massachusetts (1705-1882), Missouri (1808-1900), New York (1851- ), Pennsylvania (1719-1896), and South Carolina (1732-1901).
Microform Resources identifies microfilm and microfiche sets available in the UCF Library. The time period covered by these sets ranges from 1400 to the present.
Florida Heritage Collection is an ongoing cooperative project of the State University System (SUS) of Florida to digitize and provide online access to materials broadly representing Florida’s history, culture, arts, literature, sciences and social sciences. Thematic areas in this growing collection include Native American and minority populations, exploration and development, tourism, the natural environment, and regional interests.
Central Florida Memory is a cooperative project begun in 2002 by three institutions: The University of Central Florida Library, The Orange County Regional History Center, and The Orange County Library System. Some of the digital resources available include:
Florida Genealogy Project provides links to resources for Florida and all 67 counties.
Some of the online resources available include:
Brevard County, FL - LaGrange (1885, 1900, 1910) & Titusville (1885)
Census Online - Florida provides an online inventory of some transcribed Census files.
USGenWeb Census Project Inventory provides an online inventory of some transcribed Census files.
Florida Cemetery Index identifies over 12,000 names from 83 Florida cemeteries, including some cemeteries in Jackson, Leon, St. Johns, Seminole, Sumter, Volusia and Wakulla counties.
Florida Tombstone Transcription Project provides names from many cemeteries throughout Florida.
Marriage Records of Orange County Florida (1869-1909)
Volusia County Marriages (1856-January 1926)
Alachua County Archives Ancient Records provides marriage records (1837-1973), probate records, plat books, etc. Alachua County in 1830 stretched from the Georgia border down the Gulf coast through Tampa to Ft. Myers and included Citrus, Levy and Marion counties.
WPA Life Histories from Florida are mostly first-person accounts of life in Florida collected during the Great Depression.
The Orlando Public Library Genealogy Department, at 101 East Central Boulevard in downtown Orlando, houses one of the best genealogical collections in the Southeast. The collection includes microfilms of all available U.S. Federal Census from 1790 to 1930, printed census indexes, and immigration indexes for Baltimore, Boston, Galveston, New Orleans, New York, & Philadelphia. The print collection includes more than 25,000 books and bound periodicals, covering most U.S. states and the British Isles.
Obituary Index (1949- ) - OCLS staff have created annual indexes of the obituaries appearing in the Orlando Sentinel.
The Orange County Library System subscribes to two online services with genealogy information that can be accessed in all OCLS branch libraries. The nearest OCLS branch to the UCF Orlando main campus is the Alafaya Branch, 12000 E. Colonial Dr. Directions: from the corner of University & Alafaya, drive south on Alafaya Trail approximately 2.2 miles; turn left on Colonial Dr/State Road 50 and drive 0.3 miles to the next traffic light. Turn right on Sophie Blvd and then turn left into the library's parking lot.
Ancestry Library Edition is a genealogy subscription service providing access to many fully searchable databases "containing information on hundreds of millions of individuals." A list of the databases is available online, but full access will require a visit to an OCLS branch library.
The Orange County Library System also provides remote access for users with a valid OCLS library card to HeritageQuest Online, a genealogy database that contains U.S. Census images from 1790 through 1930. The database also includes searchable text of more than 25,000 genealogy books.
Central Brevard Public Library & Reference Center (Cocoa) provides a substantial genealogy collection on the second floor adjacent to the Federal Documents Collection. The genealogy collection includes over 3,000 volumes, numerous periodicals, approximately 400 CD-ROMS, microfilm and fiche, a subscription to the AncestryPlus database which provides free access to all the Federal Census from 1790-1930, all the old newspapers for Brevard County, the Florida Vital Records Indexes and many other sources.
Orange County - Orlando, 45 E Par St. (407) 895-4832
Orange County - Orlando (South), 3001 Apopka-Vineland Rd, (407) 876-8135
Brevard County - Rockledge, 1801 S . Fiske Blvd, (407)636-2431
Citrus County - Lecanto, 3474 West Southern Street, (352) 746-5943
Flagler County - Bunnell, 402 N Palmetto St, (386) 437-7881
Indian River County - Vero Beach, 3980 12th Street, (561) 569-5122
Lake County - Clermont, 14600 Green Valley Blvd, (352) 242-6363
Lake County - Leesburg, 1875 Mt Vernon Road, (352) 787-3990
Marion County - Ocala, 1831 SE 18th Ave, (352) 351-4163
Osceola County - Kissimmee, 701 W. Wetherbee Rd. (407) 826-8970
Polk County - Lakeland, 5150 Lakeland Highlands Road, (863) 709-0800
Polk County - Lakeland (Gibsonia), 1839 Gib-Galloway Road, (941) 853-1582
Polk County - Winter Haven, 1958 Ninth St SE, (941) 299-1691
Seminole County - Lake Mary, 2255 Lake Emma Road, (407) 333-0137
Volusia County - Daytona Beach FHC, 1125 6th Street, Holly Hill, FL (904) 257-9223
Volusia County - DeLand, 1345 S Aquarius Ave, (904) 822-9695
Central Florida Genealogical Society provides resources and has regular meetings and programs of interest to both beginning and advanced researchers. The Central Florida Area Resource Guide for Genealogists describes other local resources, including the Alma Clyde Field Library of Florida History (Cocoa) and genealogical holdings of public libraries in Casselberry, DeLand, Kissimmee, and Winter Park.
Florida's Museums (Florida Association of Museums)
Links to Other Florida Resources
Genealogy (Orange County Library System)
Resources for Genealogical Research (University of South Florida)
Florida INDEPENDENT History & Genealogy (American History & Genealogy Project and American Local History Network)
United States Resources: Florida (ROOTS-L)
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet - Florida provides a very extensive list of resources.
Florida Census Records Online (CensusFinder)
Historical Museum Guide for Florida (CensusFinder)
Social Security Death Index (Ancestry.com) is generated from the U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File. It contains the records of deceased persons who possessed Social Security numbers and whose death had been reported to the SSA. In most cases a report of death was made in connection with Social Security death benefits. [NOTE: The full record requires subscription access -- See OCLS above.]
Obits Archive searches obituaries and death notices from over 500 newspapers in the United States. NOTE: There is a charge for the full text online, but ask at UCF Library's Reference Desk about possible alternate sources for the full text.
Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild provides online passenger lists.
Federal Land Patent Records (currently unavailable) provides access to the initial transfer of land titles from the Federal government to individuals between 1820 and 1908.
USF Africana Heritage Project - Researching African American Genealogy, History and Culture
National Archives Genealogy identifies useful resources.
National Archives of the United Kingdom provides digital access to some emigration passenger lists.
Genealogy: Finding Roots on the Web (College & Research Libraries News, June 1999)
RAND Genealogy Club provides information about genealogical resources available on the Internet.
USGenWeb Project is a group of volunteers working together to provide Internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.
Looking for something else? Ask for assistance at the UCF Library's Reference Desk.
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