A library is the delivery room for the birth of ideas, a place where history comes to life.Norman Cousins

Southwest History & Genealogy

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 searchable.

Click to email us your questions, please include your name & phone number, type SW in subject line.

Ancestry.com is available for use in the library. Patrons can access the site by using our research computers or the computers in the lab on 1st floor. Look for this icon >> on the desktop!


Romantic Old Odessa 1886-1924 – R.G. Larson

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.

Genealogy Department
Located on 2nd floor of library
Mon. & Tues. 8:30am-8:30pm
Wed. – Sat. 9:00am-6:00pm
Closed from 1pm-2pm on Saturdays
Closed Sundays

Phone: (432) 332-0633 ext 4014

Research Policies
$5.00 in advance per 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. Please include E-mail address if applicable.

*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

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

Need a Notary?
We now offer Notary Services in our Department. Government issued ID required

Permian Basin Genealogical Society, Inc
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