West Oaks Branch Library & Genealogy Center

Orange County Library System

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New Genealogy Books

New titles are always being added to the Genealogy collection.   You can see for yourself the latest genealogy books acquired by the Orange County Library System (OCLS).  You can see the list each month at this link Newly Added To The Collection.  Or explore our Genealogy Resource Guide for new titles information and more!


The new titles list is updated monthly.  Titles are listed by subject area.  You can browse to see if there is anything new of interest to your area of genealogy and family history research.  Most titles are purchased for the collection by the Orange County Library System.  Some titles are donated by individuals and by local groups, such as the Central Florida Genealogical Society (CFGS).  The Florida State Society Daughters of the American Revolution (FSSDAR) adds to their part of the collection regularly by encouraging chapters to donate new titles each year.   Come in and see what you can find in these newly added resources!

New Genealogy Titles


Genealogy in the New Year!



Join us at the West Oaks Branch Library and Genealogy Center for genealogy in a new year! Take a look at the amazing genealogy events we are offering in the first month of 2017.

January 9th, 2017: 5:30 PM = Genealogy Using Online Library Resources

January 11th, 2017: 6:30 PM = NGSQ Study Group 

January 14th, 2017: 10:00 AM = Central Florida Chapter Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society

January 18th, 2017: 6:30 PM = Genealogy for Beginners 

January 21st, 2017: 10:30 AM = Diggin’ It!: A Genealogy Research Open Forum & Book Club

2:00 PM = Genealogy Research Question Workshop (Requires in-advance question submission)

January 23rd, 2017: 5:30 PM = HeritageQuest Online Level 1 

January 25th, 2017: 6:30 PM = Getting The Most Out Of FamilySearch

January 28th, 2017: 10:30 AM = Researching Your Revolutionary War Patriot 

January 30th, 2017: 5:30 PM = Ancestry Library Edition Level 1 

Home for the Holidays


The trsz_img_1880-1heme of our latest lobby display is Home for the Holidays. Featuring antiques on loan from the City of Ocoee Withers Maguire House, this display includes items that might have been found in a typical Ocoee home in the late 1800s.


A cast iron skillet, cookie cutters, a meat grinder, recipe book, and a coffee grinder are among those items used to prepare for the holidays. Objects representing dinner with the family include an elegant menu card, pickle caster, tea strainer, salt cellar, and butter server. After dinner entertainment includes playing cards, an inkwell, dominoes, an oil lamp, books, and a stereoscope for viewing photographs.