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Genealogy: Getting Started

Learn how to begin researching your family history - the best practices and helpful hints for uncovering your past.


Upcoming Genealogy Classes

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Our Hours

Sun      Closed
Mon      Closed
Tues     10-6pm
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


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

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. 

  • 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.


**Current Library Services**

Effective May 18, 2021:

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

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


Getting Started


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Genealogy One-on-Ones