Frances Pittman Malcolm Genealogy Room

Welcome to the Grapevine Public Library’s Frances Pittman Malcolm Genealogy Room! We have developed an extensive collection of over 12,000 books, several subscription databases, over 12,000 rolls of microfilm, and many other resources to encourage researchers in the discovery and documentation of their ancestors. The focus is on Texas and the South, but other areas will be built up as researchers’ interests indicate. The Genealogy Room staff will make copies from specific pages from microfilm, CD-ROM, and books for $1.00 per page to cover the cost of copying and postage.


  • Over 12,000 book volumes including:
    • County histories
    • State and county records (Wills, deeds, etc.)
    • Passenger lists
    • Military records
  • Over 1,700 periodical volumes
  • Over 200 genealogy books available for check out
  • Over 12,000 rolls of microfilm
  • 865 rolls of city directories


  • 8 genealogy dedicated PCs
  • Printer/photocopier
  • Microfiche reader/printer
  • 2 Digital microfilm readers/printers
  • Microfilm reader/printer
  • 1 Digital scanning system


  • Copy/mail and scan/email of obituaries, marriage notices, birth notices are available. See below for contact information.
We accept donations of genealogy books, including family histories and periodicals, that are not duplicates and are in good condition.


What databases do you have?
We subscribe to the following databases: NewsBank (including America’s GenealogyBank and Dallas Morning News Historical Archive, 1885-1977); NewspaperArchive; ProQuest Obituaries; Ancestry Library Edition; Fold3; and HeritageQuest Online.

Can I access them from home?
HeritageQuest Online can be accessed from home through the TexShare database portal if you have a Grapevine Library card. You must first show your card to a librarian in order to get the URL (web address), login, and password to TexShare. NewsBank can be accessed from home with your library card barcode.

Do you have newspapers?
We have the following Grapevine newspapers on microfilm: The Sun from 1898 to the final issue of April 30, 2009, with some gaps The Banner on microfilm from 1978 - July 1982 The Herald on microfilm from September 17, 1964 to March 27, 1969 We also have access to newspapers nationwide through NewsBank and America’s GenealogyBank.

What microforms do you have?
Please see the list of microforms on the Genealogy page.

When is the Genealogy Room open?
Genealogy is open whenever the library is open.

Do you have books I can check out?
Yes, we have a small circulating collection mainly consisting of how-to books (how to get started; use photographs; do ethnic research; do online research. Books of records are for reference use only.

Can I print/save/e-mail items from databases?
You can do this with most of the databases.

Do you have old maps of Grapevine?
The best “old” map of Grapevine that we have was drawn in 1982 and shows how Grapevine looked between the 1800s and 1920. We have a few older fold-out street maps. We also have a few maps of Tarrant County from various years, a few of which show the landowners.

Do you have Grapevine city directories?
No. The only copies of a Grapevine city directory known to exist are from 1972 and are at the state library in Austin and the Dallas Public Library. Fort Worth Public Library has directories for greater Fort Worth but Grapevine is not included in them. The Dallas Public Library has telephone directories for Grapevine for the years 1955-1962 and 1964-1996.

Do you have old photos of Grapevine?
We do not have any original photos of Grapevine. The only photos are in the Grapevine Area History book, the book Grapevine’s Unforgettable Characters, and a few photocopies in the Grapevine Local History File.

Do you have aerial photos of Grapevine before they built the lake?
The only photos we have of Grapevine prior to lake construction are a few photocopied articles from the Dallas Morning News in the Local History File.

Do you do lookups?
Yes, we can look up specific information about an individual in a specific book or database. We cannot do lengthy research on an individual or family.

How much do copies cost?
Photocopies and printouts cost $.10 each. Anything that is photocopied and mailed by the staff costs $1 per page to cover copying and postage costs.

Do you have genealogical periodicals?
Yes, we have many genealogical periodicals. They are not cataloged. Please see the genealogical periodicals list on the Genealogy page.

Do you have genealogy classes?
We currently offer a free beginner program in March; an intermediate program in May; and an advanced program in September. However, individual assistance is available year round.


Phone: 817-410-3429

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