| National Archives Southwest Region (Ft. Worth)
- Textual Research
1400 John Burgess Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76140
- Microfilm Research
2600 West 7th Street
Fort Worth, TX, 76107
Telephone: Textual research: 817-551-2051 Microfilm Research: 817-831-5620
Fax: Textual Research: 817-551-2034 Microfilm Research: 817-551-5621
Textual Research Monday through Friday by appointment.
Microfilm Research Monday through Friday, and 3rd Saturday of the month, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Directions to Textual Research:
| From I-20 W
1.Slight left at I-20 W (to Abilene/I-20 W) 3.4 mi 4 mins
2.Take exit 439 toward Campus Dr. 0.2 mi
3.Merge onto SE Loop 820 0.2 mi
4.Turn left at Campus Dr. 1.2 mi 3 mins
5.Continue on Oak Grove Rd. 1.3 mi, 4 mins
6.Turn right at John Burgess Dr. 0.1 mi
| From I-35 W
1.Continue on I-35W S 7.8 mi 9 mins
2.Take exit 42 toward Everman Pkwy 0.2 mi
3.Merge onto S Fwy 0.1 mi
4.Turn left at W Everman Pkwy 0.5 mi 2 mins
5.Turn left at S Will Rogers Blvd 0.5 mi 2 mins
6.Turn right at John Burgess Dr 0.4 mi 1 min
Internet sites and databases:
- Southwest Region (Ft. Worth) Internet site about the Regional Archives, public services and collections, genealogy, history, bankruptcy, court records, for teachers, and for federal agencies.
- Genealogy and Historical Research page for the National Archives Southwest Region (Ft. Worth).
- National Archives Online Microfilm Catalog allows you to identify microfilms at Fort Worth. Search by microfilm publication number, or keywords.
- Access to Archival Databases (AAD) a search engine into some of NARA's holdings of electronic records. Search by person, geographic areas, organizations, or dates.
- Archival Research Catalog (ARC) the online catalog of over 63% of NARA's nationwide holdings. Searches by keywords, by location, organization, person, or topics, and for digitized images.
- Archives Library Information Center (ALIC) American history and government, archival administration, information management, and government documents for archivists, librarians, and the public.
Serves Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. Includes federal censuses of all states, 1790-1930 (and indexes for 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920); military service records, pension and bounty land warrant applications; passenger arrivals; Dawes Commision for the Five Civilized Tribes in Oklahoma. Manuscripts, photos, maps received from federal district and bankruptcy courts and 85 federal agencies in four states. Subjects emphasized are regional and national history, westward expansion and Southwest settlement, American Indians (especially Cherokees, Choctaws, Chickasaws, Creeks, and Seminoles), Revolutionary War, American Civil War and Recontruction, slavery, Chinese exclusion, segregation, World War I, World War II, economic development, oil, U.S. space program, public administration, political science, law, ethnology, and U.S. diplomacy.
- A researcher I.D. card is required. To obtain it you must show photo identification, and fill out a form showing your name, address, telephone number, and a brief description of the proposed research topic.
- Over 68% of the Regional Archives' records are currently described in ARC at the series level. If you do not find the records you are seeking, please contact the Southwest Region staff.
- Guide to Archival Holdings at the National Archives Southwest Region (Fort Worth) record group level descriptions of archival holdings including agency administrative history.
- Federal Records Guide Search NARA's holdings of federal records at a very high level, to identify which record groups may have material about your research topics. Alphabetical index to the Federal Records Guide. Record Groups by topic clusters in the Federal Records Guide.
- American Indian Records Available on Microfilm at the National Archives in Fort Worth, Texas tribe-by-tribe lists, Indian schools, and Non-Indians in Indian Territory.
- Wantabes and Outalucks: Searching for Indian Ancestors in Federal Records at Fort Worth. Finding a tribe, and record types described.
- (ARC) Search Hints for the Southwest Regional Archives
- Loretto Dennis Szucs, and Sandra Hargreaves Luebking, The Archives: A Guide to the National Archives Field Branches (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1988), 22-24. (FHL Book 977 A3sz) WorldCat entry. Describes each field branch collection, microfilms, services and activities. Each of 150 record groups of the archives is also described.
If you cannot visit or find a source at the National Archives Southwest Region (Ft. Worth), a similar source may be available at one of the following.
- National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service & pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons, and federal employees.
- National Archives II, College Park, MD, Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Justice, Labor, State, Transportation, and Treasury all after 1900.
- Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma City, OK, 1890 census, 1896 enrollment, 1901 land lottery, Dawes, obituary index, military deaths, county marriages, directories, county histories.
- University of North Texas Libraries, Denton, TX, government documents, Texana.
- George Bush Library, College Station, TX, papers of the administration.
- George W. Bush Presidential Library, Lewisville, TX, papers of the administration.
- William J. Clinton Library, Little Rock, AR, papers of the administration.
- Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, Austin, TX, papers of the administration.
- National Personnel Records Center, St. Louis, MO., has millions of military personnel, health, medical records of discharged and deceased veterans of all services starting with World War I, and federal employee records.
- Family History Library, Salt Lake City, 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, Mormon records.
- Tarrant County Archives marriages, directories, Sandborn maps, newspapers, diaries, histories.
- Tarrant County Clerk births, deaths, and online searches for marriages, land records, assumed names, and these courts: commissioner's, county, justice of the peace, probate, and traffic.
- Tarrant County District Court Clerk civil, family, and criminal cases.
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas case files.
- Amon Carter Museum newspapers, and westward expansion collections.
- Dallas Historical Society 3 million documents, 10,000 books on TX history, 30,000 photos.
- Dallas County Pioneers Association preserving history of early settlers.
- Repositories in surrounding counties: Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hood, Johnson, Parker, Wise.
- Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Austin, federal censuses, vital statistics indexes, military indexes, county tax rolls, city directories, newspapers, voter registration, convicts.
- Briscoe Center for American History (Univ. of Texas at Austin) rivals the State Library collection.
- Clayton Library, Houston, censuses, military, passenger lists, periodicals, family histories, maps, Texas and Houston records, veritcal files, British vital records index, German, Canadian records.
- Dallas Public Central Library 111,700 volumes, 64,500 microfilms, 89,000 microfiche, and over 700 maps, marriage, probate, deed, and tax abstracts in book form, or microfilm of originals for some states, and online databases.
- Fort Worth Public Library newspapers, obituaries, biographies, histories and genealogies of the Southwest. Focus is on Texas, the South, the Midwest, and the original thirteen states.
- Texas Baptist Historical Society, Dallas, histories of local congregations.
- Southern Methodist University, Dallas, history, biography, newspapers, ethnic, and government.
- Texas Heritage Museum, Hill College, Hillsboro, outstanding Civil War collection.
- Texas Historical Commission, Austin, 5,000 publications of which 3,000 are books, historical sites, cemeteries, oral history, heritage trails, city and county histories, military history and photos.
- Texas DSHS Vital Statistics, Austin, births, deaths, marriages, divorces.
- Repositories in other surrounding states: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas
- Arkansas History Commission and Archives federal census, manuscripts, newspapers, state & county records, land, photos, military, maps, books, church and synagogue records, cemeteries.
- Louisiana State Archives Louisiana deaths 1911-1960, census indexes, histories, Confederate pensions, church records, family histories, Orleans Parish vital records and passenger arrivals.
- New Mexico State Records Center and Archives Santa Fe Archdiocese, Gallup Diocese, censuses, district court, land grants, wills, diaries, prisons, family & local histories, newspapers.
- Archivo General de la Nación (AGN), Mexico City, church, civil, census, court, history, military, migration, land.