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'''[[Dallas Public Central Library]]'''<br>1515 Young St.<br>Dallas, TX 75201-9987<br>Telephone: 214-670-1400<br>Internet: http://dallaslibrary2.org/genealogy/index.php <br><br>Outstanding genealogical collection with records for more than Texas, including Oklahoma, the South, Mid-Atlantic, and New England states.<ref name="DB107" />  
 
'''[[Dallas Public Central Library]]'''<br>1515 Young St.<br>Dallas, TX 75201-9987<br>Telephone: 214-670-1400<br>Internet: http://dallaslibrary2.org/genealogy/index.php <br><br>Outstanding genealogical collection with records for more than Texas, including Oklahoma, the South, Mid-Atlantic, and New England states.<ref name="DB107" />  
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[http://drtl.org/ '''Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library''']<br>P.O. Box 1401 <br>San Antonio, TX 78205-1401 <br>Phone: (210) 225-1071 <br>Fax: (210) 212-8514<br>
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Especially good collection for the Mexican era in Texas, some resources for the Texas Republic, and good genealogical reference works.<ref name="DB107" />
  
 
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'''[http://www.rootsweb.com/~txsgs/ Texas State Genealogical Society]<br>'''c/o Scott Fitzgerald, Treasurer [scottfitzgerald at tyler.net]<br>PO Box 7308<br>Tyler, TX 75711-7308<br>Phone: (903) 539-5572 <br>Fax: (903) 592-6782<br>  
 
'''[http://www.rootsweb.com/~txsgs/ Texas State Genealogical Society]<br>'''c/o Scott Fitzgerald, Treasurer [scottfitzgerald at tyler.net]<br>PO Box 7308<br>Tyler, TX 75711-7308<br>Phone: (903) 539-5572 <br>Fax: (903) 592-6782<br>  
 
[http://drtl.org/ '''Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library''']<br>P.O. Box 1401 <br>San Antonio, TX 78205-1401 <br>Phone: (210) 225-1071 <br>Fax: (210) 212-8514<br>
 
  
 
'''[http://www.gthcenter.org/ Rosenberg Library Archives]<br>'''2310 Sealy Avenue <br>Galveston, TX 77550 <br>Phone: (409) 763-8854<br>Fax: (409) 763-0275 <br>  
 
'''[http://www.gthcenter.org/ Rosenberg Library Archives]<br>'''2310 Sealy Avenue <br>Galveston, TX 77550 <br>Phone: (409) 763-8854<br>Fax: (409) 763-0275 <br>  

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The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services helpful to genealogical researchers.

Contents

National

National Archives Southwest Region (Ft. Worth)

for Microfilm research and public access computers:
2600 West 7th Street
Suite 162
Fort Worth, TX, 76107
Telephone: 817-831-5620
Fax: 817-334-5621

for Archival research using textual records by appointment:
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1400 John Burgess Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76140
Telephone: 817-551-2051
Fax: 817-551-2034

Internet for both: http://www.archives.gov/southwest

Subject specialties include censuses, westward expansion into the Southwest and settlement of Native Americans (especially Cherokees, Choctaws, Chickasaws, Creeks, and Seminoles), slavery, bankruptcy court, ethnology, genealogy, military service records, pension and bounty land warrant applications, passenger lists and Dawes census cards and enrollment jackets for the Five Civilized Tribes of Oklahoma.[1]

For further information, see  National Archives Southwest Region (Ft. Worth).

State

Texas State Library and Archives
Building F 1201 Brazos
P.O. Box 12927
Austin, TX 78711
Phone: (512) 463-5460
Fax: (512) 463-5436

Original manuscripts for Texas under Mexico, as a republic, and as a state, including all counties, vital records, newspapers, books, and maps.[2] Three divisions of the Texas State Library house materials of interest to genealogists: the Information Services, the Archives, and the Local Records divisions. The Information Services Division contains such records as published histories, vital record indexes, census records, and military records. The Archives Division preserves colonial, republic, and state government records, while the Local Records Division maintains valuable city and county government records. Microfilm copies of the city and county records are distributed among 26 Texas repositories.

A helpful guide to important sources at the Texas State Archives is:

The Texas State Library will loan selected materials from their Genealogy Collection. For a list of materials available for circulation, see Texas State Library, Texas State Library Circulating Genealogy Duplicates List. Austin, Texas: Texas State Library, 1992. FHL book 976.4 A3t A 1985 edition is available on FHL fiche 6047934

Briscoe Center for American History (University of Texas at Austin)
2300 Red River St.
Sid Richardson Hall, Unit 2
Room 2.106
Austin, Texas 78712-1426

This collection is as large as the state archives including newspapers, biographies, private collections, the American South, military history, Western Americana, and photos, and the Natchez Trace Collection papers from Mississippi and Louisiana.[2]

Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
5300 Caroline
Houston, TX 77004
Telephone: 713-284-1999
Internet: http://www2.houstonlibrary.org/clayton/

One of America's best genealogical collections. Especially strong for Texas, adjoining states, and Tennessee.[2]

Dallas Public Central Library
1515 Young St.
Dallas, TX 75201-9987
Telephone: 214-670-1400
Internet: http://dallaslibrary2.org/genealogy/index.php

Outstanding genealogical collection with records for more than Texas, including Oklahoma, the South, Mid-Atlantic, and New England states.[2]

Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library
P.O. Box 1401
San Antonio, TX 78205-1401
Phone: (210) 225-1071
Fax: (210) 212-8514

Especially good collection for the Mexican era in Texas, some resources for the Texas Republic, and good genealogical reference works.[2]


Texas State Genealogical Society
c/o Scott Fitzgerald, Treasurer [scottfitzgerald at tyler.net]
PO Box 7308
Tyler, TX 75711-7308
Phone: (903) 539-5572
Fax: (903) 592-6782

Rosenberg Library Archives
2310 Sealy Avenue
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 763-8854
Fax: (409) 763-0275

Center for American History
The University of Texas
Sid Richardson Hall, 2.101
Austin, TX 78712
Phone: (512) 495-4515
Fax: (512) 495-4542

Baylor University
Texas Collection
P.O. Box 97142
Waco, TX 76798-7142

Stephen F. Austin State University
Ralph W. Steen Library
East Texas Research Center
1936 North St.,
Nacogdoches TX 75962

Regional

Texas Online Records

links to online databases and indexes that may include vital records, biographies, cemeteries, censuses, histories, immigration records, land records, maps, military records, naturalizations, newspapers, obituaries, or probate records.

Further Web Sites

You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from Texas in a variety of sources at local, state, national, and international levels. The list of sources is growing rapidly. Most of the information is available at no cost. Addresses on the Internet change frequently. The following sites are important gateways linking you to many more sites:

USGenWeb

A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and country.

Roots-L

A useful list of sites and resources. Includes a large, regularly-updated research coordination list.

FamilySearch FamilySearch is a collection of computer files containing several million names. FamilySearch is a good place to begin your research. Some of the records come from compiled sources; some have been automated from original sources.

Archive Inventories

To learn more about the history and record-keeping systems of Texas counties, use the 24 inventories of the county archives produced by the Historical Records Survey around 1940. The Family History Library has copies of all of these inventories.

The Texas County Records Inventory Project of North Texas State University Center for Community Services has produced more recent inventories of the records of about a third of the state's counties. These can be purchased from the Texas State Archives. The Family History Library has copies of most of these inventories. They are listed in the catalog under

TEXAS, [COUNTY] - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES.

References

  1. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 130-31. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Dollarhide and Bremer, 107.