Southwest / Genealogy
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FREE CLASSGenealogy Basics Class:              Wednesday November 15
             10:00 - 11:00 am
Come learn how to trace your
family tree.

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432-332-0633 ext. 4014
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Permian Basin Genealogical
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Finding the Roots of Familys & History
 The Southwest history collection contains material for Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. There is a Reference and Circulation section.

An outstanding clip file for Odessa, Ector County and Texas may be used in the department.

The Texas history student will find excellent resources in this collection with books on travel, gardening, cooking, and sports available.

 Come Let Us Help you Climb Your Family Tree!                              
We have an excellent genealogical department with three full time staff. The library patron, using the department for the first time, is given a pedigree chart with basic instructions on how to begin. The staff is available to instruct and guide the patron when research problems arise.Genealogy books, periodicals and federal census are arranged to make research convenient for the patron. Materials are available for worldwide research.A wide selection of genealogy how-to-books may be checked out. Genealogy enthusiasts can also find more information at the Ector County Genealogy Website. It has tons of info about Ector County including the birth, death and other records on line and search able.
Click to email us your questions E-mail us! Please include your name & phone number, type SW in subject line. is Now Available for Patrons to use in the Library!
    Patrons can access the site by using our Research computer or
the computers in the Lab on 1st floor.
  Look for this Icon on Desktop!

  We have a nice collection of paintings and art prints adorning our walls, adding beauty and color to the department. Come in, look around and Visit!                                                      

"Treasures of Texas" by George Boutwell (Official Artist of Texas)
There are 10 Hidden symbols of Texas in this painting.
Stop in to the Southwest Department and see if you can find them.
Painting is located North Wall (left side) as you enter our department.

Artist: R.G. Larson
Romantic Old Odessa 1886-1924

Artist: R.G. Larson executed this interesting painting in 1961. Mr Larson had been associated with the Monahans Sandhills Park Museum. This painting was hung in Furr's Cafeteria No. 2 on Andrews Highway. Upon remodeling, the Cafeteria donated the painting to Ector County Library.
RESEARCH POLICIES                                                      
$5.00 in advance for search. Fee is non-refundable.
Patron will be notified on the cost of copies and postage.
This must be paid in advance before copies are mailed to patron.
Time does not permit staff to do lengthy research.
Patron must be precise with dates for obituaries,
the Odessa American is not indexed.
No Look-ups for:
  • Wedding announcements
  • Marriage license announcements
  • Birth announcements

Please include E-mail address if applicable.

  • Xerox machine is 20 cents per page.
  • Computer print-outs are 10 cents per page.
  • Microfilm copies are 25 cents per page.