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52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy Week #49: Research Location

52-Weeks-AbundantWhich genealogy research location or city brings a smile to your face? What makes this place special to you? What family history treasures does it hold for you? Why should others visit this place?

I have blogged about this site before, but the Hillsboro (Texas) Public Library is still my favorite research location! It is a small library in a small town in rural central Texas, but has a wealth of genealogical information:

The Genealogy & Local History Department of the Hillsboro City Library is located upstairs on the north side of the building. The Local History Department houses a collection of family history books and books published about the Hillsboro area. The collection contains a selection of Hillsboro Newspapers and census records back to 1886 on Microfilm. The Library is in the process of converting these records to an electronic format.

The Genealogy & Local History Department offers an on-line genealogy data base that can be used in researching family history.The Local History Department supports the Hill County Genealogy Society by housing all of their books and publications that are needed to research family history.

The Library is housed in the old Hillsboro Post Office, a wonderful old building built in 1915,  “designed as an adaptation of the Foundling Hospital for Children of Florence, Italy.” It was designated a Texas Historical Building in 1982 and  listed with the National Registrar of Historic Places in 1984.


118 South Waco Street
Hillsboro, Texas 76645
Phone: 254-582-7385
Fax: 254-582-7765


Library Hours:
Monday & Thursday, 9am-7pm
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, 9am-5pm
Saturday, 9am-12Noon


52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

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Just found this in my email!!!!

One of the most common questions we’re asked is, “When can I get RootsMagic on my phone or tablet?”  The answer is, “Today!”  We’re pleased to announce the official release of RootsMagic for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch; a free companion app to our RootsMagic desktop genealogy software.

Your Family Tree at Your Fingertips

Now you can easily take and show off your family history with you wherever you go.  RootsMagic lets you carry your genealogy on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch!  It’s fast, easy, and free!

We’re very excited to bring RootsMagic right to your iPhone and iPad.  Not only is this one of the most-requested features from our users, but it is the perfect next step in our mission to simplify family history.  The app provides many useful features including:

  • Access your actual RootsMagic files via iTunes or Dropbox - RootsMagic for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch uses your actual RootsMagic files- no conversion needed. You can copy as many files as you want right on your device via iTunes or Dropbox. Users of other genealogy software such as PAF, Family Tree Maker, Legacy Family Tree, and others can convert their files into viewable RootsMagic files using our free desktop software.

  • Easily search and explore your family tree - Familiar Pedigree, Family, Descendant, and Individual Views help you quickly explore your family tree. You can also search for specific people by name or record number.

  • View pictures, notes, and sources - All of your RootsMagic data is available inside the app. Touch any name to see more information about that person as well as family members. All of a person’s information is there including notes, sources, and pictures.

  • Lists - Browse lists of your information and view more information about sources, to-do items, research logs, media, addresses, repositories, correspondences, and places.

  • Tools and Calculators - useful tools to assist you in your research including a perpetual calendar, date calculator, relationship calculator, and soundex calculator.