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Genealogy Resources at OCLS

The Genealogy Collection at the West Oaks Branch of the Orange County Library System

The Genealogy Collection is located at the West Oaks Branch Library and Genealogy Center. The core 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 35,000 books and bound periodicals, 10,000 microfiche and over 15,000 reels of microfilm.

New Titles added over the last year

JGSGO Microfiche Collection donated in Memory of Dr. Jacob “Jay” Schleichkorn

Genealogical Gems – FAMILY HISTORIES

Surname / Family Name Vertical Files  File folders on family names may contain general information but many contain copies of original documents, property records, vital records and even family photos. Check the list for your surnames. 

Subject Vertical Files File folders containing information on a variety of subjects or places. May contain cemetery records, vital records or information on specific locals in that state, county, or city. Check the list for specific states, countries, or topics. 

Directories Telephone directories, City directories, and Criss Cross directories available in print at the Orlando Public Library, on microfilm at the West Oaks Genealogy Library or in digital format at

Obituary Indexes  Obituary Indexes compiled by staff since 1949 are available in print form at the Orlando Public Library and online from 1949 to 1991.

New Titles Genealogy, DAR (Genealogy), Florida Collection. New print titles are maintained by month for a twelve month period. Beginning with the year 2012, you can search library CATALOG using the keyword “Genealogy ” and the current year to locate all materials added to the collection during that year.

TO SEARCH for DAR GRC series 1 and 2 in the online library CATALOG :
SELECT Search by Title. Search for (in quotes) “Florida DAR GRC Series 1” or “Florida DAR GRC Series 2”.
Titles will be displayed in volume order with that series. Please note that some indicate “Partial.”
This means that this title is one of the titles bound in the volume as indexed by the DAR.
Florida D.A.R. GRC Reports    Series 1    Series 2

Search the DAR GRC Index at   
Select FLORIDA to determine if your ancestor is included in any of the Florida GRC Reports.

The Genealogy Periodical collection at the Orlando Public Library includes about 800 titles. The Periodical Source Index (PERSI) available in print at the West Oaks Branch Library, on Heritage Quest and Ancestry Library Edition is the index used for locating articles published in these titles.

List of Genealogy Periodicals at OCLS  
Tab 1 Alphabetical Order       
Tab 2 Dewey Decimal Order

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Florida DAR GRC Reports Series 1

List of all items in the Florida DAR GRC reports by volume number.
Information includes: title, call number, barcode number and whether the title is being/has been indexed by the DAR and is searchable on their web site.

Family Histories at OCLS Genealogy Library

Surname vertical files are located at the OCLS Genealogy Library.

DAR GRC Reports

How to use DAR GRC Reports.

Genealogy Periodicals

How to use Genealogy Periodicals and PERSI.

Subject Vertical Files

Subject vertical files at the OCLS Genealogy Library.

DAR GRC Series 1 Index

Index DAR Florida GRC holdings at the OCLS Genealogy Library.

DAR GRC Series 2 Index

DAR Florida GRC Series 2 Index at the OCLS Genealogy Library.

JGSGO Collection

Index of titles donated to the OCLS Genealogy Library by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando. 

Family Histories OCLS Genealogy Library

How to find family information in family histories at the OCLS Genealogy Library.

Surname Vertical Files

Surname Vertical Files at the OCLS Genealogy Library.

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