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''[[United States|United States]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Texas]]  [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]  [[Texas_Biography|Texas Biography]]''
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Biographies provide useful genealogical information such as an individual’s birth date and place (including foreign birthplaces where applicable); family members; occupation and education; and social, political, and religious affiliation. They may also contain a physical description of the person, his or her previous residences, and immigration information. Biographies are the product of family knowledge or previous research compiled about early settlers and prominent citizens of the state, county, or town. Many lesser-known individuals may have biographical sketches written about them in local histories.
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See [[United States Biographies|United States Biographies]] for information on nationwide biographical collections. See also the "[[Texas History|History]]" and "[[Texas Genealogy|Genealogy]]" sections for additional sources.
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{{Adoption Hidden Ancestors}}Most of the major archives mentioned in [[Texas Archives and Libraries]] have collections of biographical materials.  
 
{{Adoption Hidden Ancestors}}Most of the major archives mentioned in [[Texas Archives and Libraries]] have collections of biographical materials.  
  
An ongoing project to index more than 200 biographical and historical publications in the Texas Collection at Baylor University has produced the ''Biographical Gazetteer of Texas.'' Austin, Texas: W.M. Morrison Books, 1985- Volumes 1-6, alphabetical; {{FHL|354916|item|disp=FHL book 976.4 D3bgt}}  
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=== Biographical Gazetteer of Texas  ===
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*An ongoing project to index more than 200 biographical and historical publications in the Texas Collection at Baylor University has produced the ''[http://www.baylor.edu/lib/texas/index.php?id=69777 Biographical Gazetteer of Texas.]'' An online index is available in the [http://www.baylor.edu/lib/texas/index.php?id=69777 Baylor University Texas Collection and University Archives.]<br>Also available through the Family History Library, Austin, Texas: W.M. Morrison Books, 1985- Volumes 1-6, alphabetical; {{FHL|354916|item|disp=FHL book 976.4 D3bgt}}
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=== The Handbook of Texas  ===
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The [http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online Handbook of Texas] is a encyclopedic collection of history, geography and biographies. It is now available on line through the Texas State Historical Association.
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=== Family History Library Collection  ===
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*{{RecordSearch|1918470|Texas, Gonzalez de la Garza Genealogy Collection}} A genealogical cardfile of approximately 270,000 cards compiled by Rudolfo Gonzalez de la Garza representing thousands of families of Southern Texas and Northern Mexico.  The cardfile is in the Laredo Public Library. 
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*{{RecordSearch|1918480|Texas, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Membership Applications, 1892-2010}}
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*Bailey, Ernest Emory. ''Texas Historical and Biographical Record With a Genealogical Study of Historical Family Records''. Austin, Texas: Texas Historical and Biographical Record, N.d. {{FHL|186711|item|disp=FHL film 873974 item 2}}
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*Bailey, Emory E., et al. ''Who's Who in Texas''. Dallas, Texas: Who's Who Publishing, 1931. {{FHL|154803|item|disp=FHL book 976.4 D3be}}
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*''Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas,'' 1889. Reprint, Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1978. {{FHL|186720|item|disp=FHL book 976.4 D3bs 1978}} and {{FHL|186720|item|disp=FHL film 1000596 item 2}} Digitized version available through the FHL catalog entry.
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*Davis, Ellis Arthur and Edwin H. Grobe. ''Encyclopedia of Texas.'' Dallas: Texas Development Bureau, 190? {{FHL|186741|item|disp=FHL book 976.4 D3de, 1929 edition}}; {{FHL|186733|item|disp=FHL films 962725-29}} [larger print] or {{FHL|186733|item|disp=FHL fiche 6046992}}
  
The Family History Library acquires many published sources of biographical information. State, regional, and county histories often include helpful biographical sections. Representative biographical encyclopedias are:  
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*Brown, John Henry. ''Indian Wars and Pioneers of Texas''. 1880. Reprint. Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1978. {{FHL|71419|item|disp=FHL book 976.4 D3b,}} 1978; 1880 edition: {{FHL|186707|item|disp=FHL film 924460 item 1}}; {{FHL|186707|item|disp=FHL film 1000597 item 4; fiche 6051506}} Digitized version available through the FHL catalog entry.
  
*Bailey, Ernest Emory. ''Texas Historical and Biographical Record With a Genealogical Study of Historical Family Records''. Austin, Texas: Texas Historical and Biographical Record, N.d. {{FHL|186711|item|disp=FHL film 873974 item 2}}
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:*Crockett, David. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/colcrockettsexpl00smit Col. Crockett's Exploits and Adventures in Texas]. ''(New York&nbsp;: Wm. H. Graham, Tribune Buildings, 1848.&nbsp; Free digital copy.
*Bailey, Emory E., et al. ''Who's Who in Texas''. Dallas, Texas: Who's Who Publishing, 1931. {{FHL|154803|item|disp=FHL book 976.4 D3be}}
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*''Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas,'' 1889. Reprint, Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1978. {{FHL|186720|item|disp=FHL book 976.4 D3bs 1978}} and {{FHL|186720|item|disp=FHL film 1000596 item 2}}
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*Davis, Ellis Arthur and Edwin H. Grobe. ''Encyclopedia of Texas.'' Dallas: Texas Development Bureau, 190? {{FHL|186741|item|disp=FHL book 976.4 D3de, 1929 edition; {{FHL|186733|item|disp=FHL films 962725-29}} [larger print] or {{FHL|186733|item|disp=FHL fiche 6046992}}
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*Brown, John Henry. ''Indian Wars and Pioneers of Texas''. 1880. Reprint. Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1978. {{FHL|71419|item|disp=FHL book 976.4 D3b,}} 1978; 1880 edition: {{FHL|186707|item|disp=FHL film 924460 item 1}}; {{FHL|186707|item|disp=FHL film 1000597 item 4}} and {{FHL|186707|item|disp=FHL fiche 6051506}}
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For an example, it is possible to read a free online version of a Davy Crockett biography:  
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*To locate biographical material available through the Family History Library Catalog, use the Place-names Search for:
  
*Crockett, David. ''[http://www.archive.org/details/colcrockettsexpl00smit Col. Crockett's Exploits and Adventures in Texas]. ''(New York&nbsp;: Wm. H. Graham, Tribune Buildings, 1848.&nbsp; Free digital copy.
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:*TEXAS - BIOGRAPHY
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:*TEXAS, [COUNTY] - BIOGRAPHY
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:*TEXAS, [COUNTY], [TOWN] - BIOGRAPHY
  
=== External Links ===
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=== Web Sites ===
  
*[http://www.historictexas.net/bios/ Historic Texas.net]&nbsp;
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*[http://www.historictexas.net/bios/ Historic Texas.net]  
*http://geneasearch.com/biography/states/texas.htm
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*[http://www.geneasearch.com/biography/states/texas.htm Texas Biographies]
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*[http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online The Handbook of Texas] An encyclopedia of Texas history, georgraphy and culture. Includes biographies.
  
 
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United States  Gotoarrow.png  Texas  Gotoarrow.png  Texas Biography

Biographies provide useful genealogical information such as an individual’s birth date and place (including foreign birthplaces where applicable); family members; occupation and education; and social, political, and religious affiliation. They may also contain a physical description of the person, his or her previous residences, and immigration information. Biographies are the product of family knowledge or previous research compiled about early settlers and prominent citizens of the state, county, or town. Many lesser-known individuals may have biographical sketches written about them in local histories.

See United States Biographies for information on nationwide biographical collections. See also the "History" and "Genealogy" sections for additional sources.

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Most of the major archives mentioned in Texas Archives and Libraries have collections of biographical materials.

Contents

Biographical Gazetteer of Texas

The Handbook of Texas

The Handbook of Texas is a encyclopedic collection of history, geography and biographies. It is now available on line through the Texas State Historical Association.

Family History Library Collection

  • Texas, Gonzalez de la Garza Genealogy Collection A genealogical cardfile of approximately 270,000 cards compiled by Rudolfo Gonzalez de la Garza representing thousands of families of Southern Texas and Northern Mexico. The cardfile is in the Laredo Public Library.
  • Bailey, Ernest Emory. Texas Historical and Biographical Record With a Genealogical Study of Historical Family Records. Austin, Texas: Texas Historical and Biographical Record, N.d. FHL film 873974 item 2
  • Bailey, Emory E., et al. Who's Who in Texas. Dallas, Texas: Who's Who Publishing, 1931. FHL book 976.4 D3be
  • To locate biographical material available through the Family History Library Catalog, use the Place-names Search for:
  • TEXAS - BIOGRAPHY
  • TEXAS, [COUNTY] - BIOGRAPHY
  • TEXAS, [COUNTY], [TOWN] - BIOGRAPHY

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