Genealogy

West Florida Public Libraries Genealogy Branch Library houses a non-circulating collection of local history and genealogical resources. Library staff and West Florida Genealogical Society volunteers are available to assist with research.

Databases

Available for free with your WFPL card at any branch. A wide range of source materials are referenced, including records from military, census, immigration, 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.

HeritageQuest - In-library use only

Digitized census records, primary sources, local and family histories and more. 

Genealogy Collection

Available for use inside of Genealogy Branch Library, this large non-circulating collection focuses on the Southeastern states, but also includes a selection of materials on the Northeast, Midwest and Middle Atlantic States. Military books covering the Civil War, the Revolutionary War, World War I, World War II and other conflicts are available. Additional collections for African-American and Native American history are available, as well as resources for international genealogy.

Genealogy Websites

View a list of genealogy websites here.

Local History

Maps, books, newspaper clippings, telephone books, and local city directories (primarily Pensacola) are available.

Microfilm 

Microfilm available include:

  • Census data
  • Escambia marriage and “delayed” birth records
  • Fisher-Pou Funeral Home records
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Pensacola News Journal from 1954 to present, with some sporadic issues between 1824 - 1919.  Online access is available for articles from 1999-present.
  • Sears catalogs

Obituaries

Obituaries or other local information may be requested via email at genealogy@mywfpl.com. Please include your current address and phone number in your email.

genealogy building

Genealogy Branch Library

5740 N. Ninth Ave.
Pensacola, FL 32504
850-494-7373

Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.