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These archives, libraries, societies, and museums preserve sources, maintain indexes, and provide services to help genealogists document their ancestors who lived in Texas.

National

National Archives Southwest Region (Ft. Worth)

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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 Commission
Building F 1201 Brazos
P.O. Box 12927
Austin, TX 78711
Phone: (512) 463-5460
Fax: (512) 463-5436

Original manuscripts for Texas while a part of 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]

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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]

Regional

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 colonial era in Texas, good resources for the Texas Republic, and genealogical reference works.[2]

San Antonio Public Library
600 Solidad Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: (210) 207-2500

Good genealogy and Texana collection.[2]

Ralph W. Steen Library (Stephen F. Austin State University)
1112 North St.,
Nacogdoches TX 75962
Phone: (936) 559-2970

Good genealogy collection including the pre-Civil War period, the East Texas lumber industry, and oral histories.[2]

Galveston and Texas History Center (Rosenberg Library)
2310 Sealy Avenue
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 763-8854
Fax: (409) 763-0275

Their strength is records of ethnic Germans in Texas, and a database of immigrants to the Gulf Coast.[2]

Fort Worth Public Library (Central Library)
500 W. Third St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102-7305
Phone: (817) 392-7740

Very good genealogy collection of newspapers, obituaries, biographies, histories and genealogies covering the entire Southwest.[2] Focus is on Texas, the South, the Midwest, and the original thirteen states.

Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center
650 FM 1011
Liberty, TX 77575
Phone: (936) 336-8821

Come here for records of some of the earliest Texas settlers.[2] Also houses county records of Chambers, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange, Polk, San Jacinto, and Tyler counties.

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Harrison County Historical Museum
117 East Bowie Street (P.O. Box 1987)
Marshall, Texas 75671
Phone: 903-938-2680
E-mail: info@harrisoncountymuseum.org
Internet: Harrison County Historical Museum

A key repository for locating selected early Missouri  and Texas  settlers. This was a center for Missouri Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. It has a great collection of family folders, books, letters, diaries, journals, and surname lists for northeast Texas.[3] [4]

University of Texas Arlington Central Library
702 Planetarium Place
Arlington, TX 76019
Telephone: 888-565-9023
E-mail: library-ref@uta.edu
Internet: https://www.uta.edu/library/index.php

Good Texas newspapers collection, including many online.

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

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

Outside Texas

Natchitoches Genealogical and Historical Association in Louisiana
2nd Floor
Old Parish Courthouse
Natchitoches, LA 71458-1349
Phone: (318) 357-2235.

"French" records from the early 1700's, with an index by the Parish Clerk. The collection has many references to Americans bound for Texas.[2]

Family History Centers. Some of the collections described above are at least partially available on microfilms at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, and through thousands of its branch Family History Centers. For further information see Introduction to LDS Family History Centers. To locate a center near you, see Find a Family History Center.

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.

Guides

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 which are listed in the Place Search of the FHL 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. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 Dollarhide and Bremer, 107.
  3. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 67. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  4. Our Collection in Harrison County Museum (accessed 7 March 2014).

 

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