Getting Started with Genealogy in Williamson County by Alan Rabe

The key resources are the Round Rock Library and the Williamson County Genealogical Society. 

The Round Rock library has the largest genealogical holdings in Williamson County.  With your Round Rock library card (free to all Texas residents), you can access many of their premium databases from home.  The second largest collection is in Georgetown Library.  

The Williamson County Genealogical Society meets on the 3rd Thursday at the Round Rock Library.  They have speakers on genealogical topics and also have a separate meeting for a special interest group on DNA.  Their web site is


Get started on paper, the following is the basic approach:

  1. Get Pedigree chart
  2. Get Family Group Sheet
  3. Talk to parents
  4. Talk to oldest living relatives
  5. Write personal history

 Free Internet Sites

  1. Williamson County Clerk
    1. Social Security Death Index (after 1940)
    2. Census records
    3. Learning center videos
  3. USGenWeb
  4. Find a Grave
  5. Google

 Commercial Sites

bullet – Strongest in US
bullet MyHeritage – Largest number of users world-wide.
bullet Find My Past - English
bullet Geneanet – French with some German
bullet American Ancestors – run by the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston.

 Georgetown Family History Center (in back of church, free)

bullet helpful experienced staff
bullet free access to several premium genealogy web sites
bullet following site lists hours they are open

Williamson County, Texas Genealogy,_Texas_Genealogy  

DNA – these are the main testing companies, don’t use any other.
My Heritage
Living DNA

 International Society of Genetic Genealogy is the key organization.  A comparison chart of the testing services is found at:

 Living DNA is new and might be used if you are trying to narrow down a location in the British Isles.

 If you are getting started with DNA, test with which has the largest database.  Then transfer your data to MyHeritage and FamilyTreeDNA for free.

 Use 23andMe if you are interested in a health report or submit your Ancestry raw data to

 FamilyTreeDNA is the only service that tests y-DNA and mtDNA.  It is fine to start at 37 markers for the y-DNA test and you can increase from there if needed.

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