The Genealogy Collection was a 1923 gift of Captain Charles Albertson, an avid genealogist. In 1929, the Library became the official repository of the Florida State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The collection now contains more than 25,000 books and bound periodicals, 10,000 microfiche and over 15,000 reels of microfilm.

Selected major sources available for use include:

Federal Census:

The Federal Census is a wonderfully rich resource, not only for genealogists, but also for historians, sociologists, or even if you are just curious. Come and look up what you can learn about family members living in the United States from 1790 to 1940.

Census Indexes:

Various years and states, mostly 1790 – 1870 (view a PDF list)

Population Schedules:

All states, 1790 to 1930

Enumeration District Descriptions:

1880 to 1930

Slave Schedules:

1850 and 1860

Special Census of Union Veterans and Widows:


State Census:

Florida State Census – 1885, 1935, and 1945

California State Census – 1852

Mississippi State Census – 1792 to 1866

Florida Vital Records Indexes:

Deaths – 1877 to 1997

Marriages – 1927 to 1997

Divorces – 1927 to 1997

City Directories:

Orlando 1887 to date, and major U.S. cities pre-1860 and 1890

Please note:  Print copies of Orlando City Directories and Cross Reference Directories 1887 to date are housed on the 4th floor of the Orlando Public Library.

Orlando Births and Deaths

1910 to 1922

Passenger List Indexes:

Baltimore, Maryland – 1820 to 1897

Boston, Massachusetts – 1848 to 1891

Galveston, Texas – 1869 to 1906 and 1906 to 1951

New Orleans, Louisiana – pre-1900 and 1900 to 1952

New York, New York – 1820 to 1846 and 1897 to 1902

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – 1800 to 1906

Military Records

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia


The genealogy collection includes many bound periodicals for national publications and for many state and local publications.

Please note: The Orlando Sentinel on microfilm and the following indexes for the Orlando Sentinel are housed on the 4th floor of the Orlando Public Library:

Subject Indexes

Bound Volumes – 1966 to 1970

Card File – 1971 to 1990s

Orlando Sentinel Online Database – 1985 to present

Obituary Indexes – 1949 to present