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House History Research

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


Genealogy Classes

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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 May 18, 2021:

  • Computer access will now be available without an appointment throughout SAPL service hours.
  • Browse as long as you like.
  • Contact-Free Pickup of materials will remain available at SAPL locations as well as free outdoor Wi-Fi.
  • Virtual programming will remain available. Visit for more information.

Browsing, Contact-Free Pickup & Computer Access
Tuesday 12PM – 8PM
Wednesday – Saturday 10AM – 6PM

Outdoor Wi-Fi
7:30AM - 10:30PM daily


These locations are undergoing building improvement projects and library services are limited during this time:

Central Library
Contact-Free Pickup & outdoor Wi-Fi are available; browsing is not.

Contact-Free Pickup Tue. 3-7PM | Wed., Thur. & Sat. 11AM-3PM; outdoor Wi-Fi also available. Browsing is not available. 

Contact-Free Pickup Tue. 1-7PM | Wed., Thur., Fri. & Sat. 10AM-4PM; outdoor Wi-Fi also available. Browsing is not available. 

Forest Hills
Please visit Westfall or Great Northwest for services. Book drop is not available. 

If you have questions or need to locate your nearest branch, Library staff is available by phone at 210.207.2500
Mon. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tues. 12 - 8 p.m., & Wed. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Chat is available at, Mon. – Sat. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.