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House History Research

This guide will take you through the process of how to research the history of your home.


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Our Hours

The Texana/Genealogy Dept. remains closed to public access.

Sun      Closed
Mon     Closed
Tues    12-8pm
Wed     10-6pm
Thur     10-6pm
Fri        10-6pm
Sat       10-6pm


Brief & specific research questions 
may be submitted through
Ask A Librarian.
Or you may email us at:


Texana/Genealogy Room – 6th floor
Central Library
600 Soledad St.
San Antonio, TX  78205


Researching Your House's History  


Beginning the Hunt...

When beginning house history research, where you start hunting depends upon what you already know.  The goal is to use the information you have in hand, and then search various resources to gather additional facts.  If you have an idea when the house was built, or a name of an early owner, city directories are often a great place to start researching.  Land records, newspapers and Sanborn maps can also be of great assistance.


**Current Library Services**

The Texana/Genealogy Department remains closed to researchers and browsing. 

Effective August 16, most San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) locations will add Monday to their service schedule. The schedule for Mondays will be from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. This service schedule change will take effect at most library branches, except for select locations with adjusted services due to building improvement or other projects. For details on services at each library location, please visit:

Updated Library Hours beginning August 16: 

  • Monday and Tuesday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

  • Wednesday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  

Library staff is available by phone at 210-207-2500 or by chat at 


*The following locations are undergoing building improvement projects and library services are modified during this time: 

Central Library
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Texana/Genealogy at Central 
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Forest Hills
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