The Genealogy Library collection is available at the Pensacola Library located at 239 N. Spring St. Pensacola, Fla. The non-circulating collection focuses on the Southeastern states but also includes many books on the Northeast, Midwest, and Middle Atlantic States. Our collection covers many conflicts including the Civil War, the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and many more. There are additional references for African-Americans and Native Americans, as well as resources for international genealogy. Library staff and West Florida Genealogical Society volunteers are available to assist with research.
Our circulating collection includes “How To’ Genealogy books, history books, and DVDs.
Database resources are available free with your WFPL card at any branch. A wide range of source materials are referenced including: military, census, immigration records, city directories, family history books, and more.
Ancestry Library Edition – In-library use only. Search billions of U.S. and selected international records and discover your family’s story.
Family Search – Discover your family history. Explore the world's largest collection of free family trees, genealogy records, and resources. No library card is needed, but you will have to create a free account.
WFPL is now an Affiliate Library with special, in library only, access to more files than are available outside the library.
HeritageQuest – accessible in the library or at home with your WFPL library card. This database includes digitized Federal census records, local history and family history books, city directories, military records, the U.S. Serial set, Freedman’s Bank Records, and many more including some international resources.
ProQuest Historical and Recent Newspapers – U. S, Southeast Collection including the Pensacola newspapers (and some other southeast papers):
View a list of genealogy websites here.
Books, local city directories, telephone and cross directories (primarily Pensacola), maps, and newspaper clippings are available.
Microfilm that are available include:
Pensacola newspapers including the
Escambia marriage and “delayed” birth records, Fisher-Pou Funeral Home records, the Hollingsworth card file, and some others
Obituaries or other local information may be requested via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your location and phone number in your email. Or you can call or mail our branch for more information. Please be as specific as possible and give some background information to help find what you are requesting.