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The Klein Texas Family History Center is an extension of the world's largest genealogical library, the Salt Lake City Family History Library. Our mission is to provide for Family History research, Free of Charge, in the Spring, Klein, Tomball, and Magnolia, Texas areas. Come find your ancestors with us.

Contents

Center Contacts and Hours

Location Map:

Address: 16535 Kleinwood Dr Spring TX 77379 United States

  • From Louetta Road, turn south onto Kleinwood Drive.
  • Look for the green Family History Library signs on Louetta Rd and Kleinwood Dr.

Phone: 281-251-5931

E-mail:  KleinFHC1@gmail.com or TX_Klein@ldsmail.net

Open Hours:

  • Tuesday:10 am-1 pm and 7-9 pm
  • Wednesday:10 am-4 pm and 7-9 pm
  • Thursday:10 am-1 pm - Classes/Workshops 7-9 pm
  • Saturday:10 am-1 pm

Holiday Schedule (FHC Closure Dates)

Easter Weekend, First Saturday in April, Memorial Day, July 4th, First Saturday in October, Thanksgiving week, last 2 weeks in December.

Facebook - Notifications, Calendar, Files, Questions, Answers, etc.

Twitter

2017 Classes & Workshops (Thursdays 6:59pm - 9pm)

NOTE: Class schedule subject to change. Check our Facebook Group for latest information.

January 5 - Beginning Genealogy

January 12 - FamilySearch and Ancestry Apps

January 19 - Checklists

January 26 - Mopping Up The Mess

February 2 - Church Records

February 9 - African American Genealogy

February 16 - Publish Your Book

February 23 - FamilySearch Wiki

March 2 - Elusive Women

March 9 - Using IrfanView As A Genealogy Productivity Tool

March 16 - Googling Your Genealogy

March 23 - RootsMagic

March 30 - Obituaries-Yours And Your Ancestors

April 6 - Land Records

April 13 - Descendancy Research

April 20 - DNA-What Do You Want?, Who Do You Test?

April 27 - Photo To DVD

May 4 - NO CLASS

May 11 - Military Records

May 18 - Beginning Genealogy

May 25 - Roots Magic

June 1 - Intro to DNA

June 8 - FamilySearch Wiki and Using Documents as sources

June 15 - You Found It Where? Unusual Records

June 22 - Using the Genealogical Proof Standard

June 29 - Advanced Techniques for Using the Autosomal DNA Test

July 6 - Cross the Atlantic with Religious Records

July 13 - Next Steps in British Research

July 20 - Help! My Y-DNA Test Doesn't Match My Surname

July 27 - Censational Census Strategies

August 3 - German Research Strategies

August 10 - English Probate

August 17 - Finding Elusive Records On FamilySearch

August 24 - How to Find Your Ancestors Using Digital Arkivet of Norway

August 31 - Exploring Church Records in Norway

September 7 - TBA

September 14 - TBA

September 21 - TBA

September 28 - TBA

October 5 - TBA

October 12 - TBA

October 19 - TBA

October 26 - TBA

November 2 - TBA

November 9 - TBA

November 16 - TBA

November 23 - No class - Happy Thanksgiving

November 30 - TBA

December 7 - TBA

December 14 - TBA

December 21 - No class-Merry Christmas

December 28 - No class-Happy New Year

Center Collections

FamilySearch Catalog

  • This center has all films ordered online by patrons and requested to be sent to this center. See films and fiche available through the FamilySearch Catalog at FamilySearch.org.
  • We have inhouse over 1000 microfilms and 3500 microfiche on indefinite loan. An index of these is available in the Family History Center.
  • We have numerous genealogical reference books

Databases and Software

FHC Portal: Family History Centers provide free access to many subscription genealogy websites, including:
  • 19th Century British Newspapers
  • Access Newspaper Archives
  • Alexander Street Press (American Civil War Collections)
  • Ancestry.com (Family History Library Edition)
  • ArkivDigital Online
  • findmypast
  • Fold3.com
  • The Genealogist
  • Godfrey Memorial Library
  • HeritageQuest Online
  • Historic Map Works (Library Edition)
  • MyHeritage
  • Origins.net
  • Paper Trail
  • WorldVitalRecords.com

Hardware and Equipment

  • 12 Internet-connected workstations
  • Wireless internet access for laptops and mobile devices
  • Work tables for 9 laptops
  • 1 - 16mm microfilm reader
  • 1 - 35mm microfilm reader
  • 1 - Cannon 300II Microfilm/Microfiche Reader and Digital Imaging System
  • 1 - Lexmark High Speed Laser Scanner/Printer
  • 1 - Canon USB Scanner
  • 1 - Projector (HDMI & VGA), Laser Pointer
  • 1 - Pulldown Projection Screen for Instruction

Staff Research Specialties

A friendly helpful staff always willing to help you with your genealogical interests. If we don't have a solution to your questions we will help you find someone who does.

Resources in the Local Area

Libraries

Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
5300 Caroline
Houston, Texas
Phone: (832) 393-2600

  • Clayton Library is part of the Houston Public Library System devoted entirely to genealogical research. Materials found in the library cover the entire U. S., as well as many foreign countries.
  • Online databases at Houston Public Library
  • Clayton Library Friends

Montgomery County Memorial Library System Location
(The Genealogy Department is located on the 2nd floor)
104 I-45 North (SH 105/West Davis Street Exit)
Conroe, TX 77301
Phone: (936) 788-8363

Chaparral Library Location
310 N. Live Oak
Tomball, Texas
Phone: 281-516-7417

  • This is a small library owned by the Chaparral Genealogical Society. The current hours are 10AM-2PM, Mon, Tues, Wed, Sat (except the 1st Sat of each month). Suggest calling first.

Genealogical Societies

Houston Genealogical Forum
PO Box 271466
Houston TX 77277-1466
Voice Mail: 713-968-9750

  • Meeting Place: Bayland Park Community Center,
  • 6400 Bissonnet, Houston, Texas

Chaparral Genealogical Society

  • Meets on 4th Saturday of each month (except December) at 10 a.m.
  • Meeting Place: Amergy Bank Building
  • Conference Room (2nd Floor)
  • Tomball, TX (on SH 249 before 4 corners)

The Humble Area Genealogical Society

  • Meets at 7 p.m. on the Second Monday of each month September - May
  • Meeting Place: Humble Senior Activity Center
  • 1401 South Houston Avenue
  • Humble, Texas

Family History Center Links

Useful Web Sites

(Note - many of these links were originally hosted by EaglequestPro.com. As of 28 February 2017, EaglequestPro has shut down their website.)

Visit Family History Websites the Pros Use - Many offer free information and links to many other sites.

Maps and Location Finders

  • Atlas of Historical County Boundaries
  • Build your own maps. Use BLM's Geocommunicator to choose ownership, change scale, add street layer, digital orthos, satellite or other. If you click on Identify button, then on the map...the Principle Meridian, Township, Range, State, and County will show; zoom in to show Section number (for any of the 30 PLSS states). You can also show a map of any Township/Range/Section info by clicking on Township icon at top--> choose state, meridian (if you know it), Township, Range--> Click Search--> Select, Zoom. Then look at map. Show Lat/Longitude of any place or map feature OR use Google Maps and click, hold for a second, let go on any location
  • County Boundary Formations Choose a state. Then click "View Interactive Map"
  • David Rumsey Map Collection
  • Earth Point - Fly to a legal description Uses free Google Earth and a legal description or Lat/Longitude to virtually plot and show you what it looks like today. Great site!
  • Geographic Names Information Systerm (GNIS) contains information about physical and cultural geographic features of all types in the United States, associated areas, and Antarctica, current and historical, but not including roads and highways. The database holds the Federally recognized name of each feature and defines the feature location by state, county, USGS topographic map, and geographic coordinates. Other attributes include names or spellings other than the official name, feature designations, feature classification, historical and descriptive information, and for some categories the geometric boundaries.
  • Land Ownership Maps Pick your State, County, Year and Zoom in. First, find your person on a census, see if a farmer that owned land. If he bought the land from the Federal Gov't, good chance to get a folder of information on him from the Nat'l Archives if state is one of the 30 Public Land Survey States..
  • State and County Maps Click on State to see all counties. Then click on county.
  • Township and Range Search Enter Township and Range.  Optionally enter Section.  Google Earth flies you there using BLM data.
  • USGS site: #1 Search for Geographic Sites or Features Good, Choose ACME Mapper (or Home Town Locater) to display map with county boundaries. Then choose Topo. Find cemeteries, rivers, creeks, ghost towns, populated places, mountains, trails, etc. Find latitude and longitude of any place. View in many map formats such as Satellite or Quad or street maps and more.

Specialty Sites

  • Adoption Research Help Links
  • All Census Records One-Stop Site for links to USA Census Records, Canadian Census Records, English Census Records, Census Indexes & Images, Census Transcriptions, Blank Census Forms, City Directories, Tax & Assessment Lists, Voters Registrations, Veterans Census, Questions on Census Records.
  • Archives Wiki is sponsored by the American Historical Association. It is intended to be a clearinghouse of information about archival resources throughout the world.
  • BLM National - Government Land Office Records View original settlers and land descriptions for counties of the 30 Public Domain states. It has 5 million Land Warrant and Land Records from 1820 to the present.
  • Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) ancestor search
  • Earl Jones Genealogy site contains information (including LDS temple information) on hundreds of thousands of individuals.
  • Earlham School of Religion Digital Quaker Collection.
  • Encyclopedia of American Quaker genealogy, by WIlliam Wade Hinshaw.
  • EveryNameIndex can help you quickly find passages in those old county histories that relate to your ancestor or surname.
  • General Society to Mayflower Descendants is the national site for this lineage society of descendants from those Pilgrims on the Mayflower voyage of 1620 to the shores of America's New England.
  • Google Books Search historical books for a Person or Place. Many town histories are researchable.
  • Google Language Translator Translates 90 languages to and from English. Can't read a web page? Type in its address. Translates entire web pages.
  • GS Adoption Registry - Helping people reconnect to find answers, family and medical history and hopefully peace. (Must be at least 18 to search or post).
  • HathiTrust Digital Library offering a collection of millions of publication titles digitized from libraries around the world.
  • Historic Maps Find legal land descriptions to get ancestor's land records from the Nat'l Archive.
  • History Hub is a pilot crowdsourcing platform sponsored by the [1]National Archives. It is a place to share information, work together, and find people based on their experience and interests. Experts from the National Archives as well as other experts, history enthusiasts, and citizen archivists are available to help with your research.
  • Immigration 1820-1957 Ports/Passengers Lists - includes Canadian and Mexican Border Crossings -some $. Searchable by state.
  • Immigration 1492-1964 Ships, Ports and Passengers Lists. Hint: in search box try last name or ship name or year
  • Immigration - Castle Garden 1855-1891 Partial indexes and passenger lists.
  • Immigration - Ellis Island 1892-1924 Original images of records at port of New York.
  • Immigration - Harvard Library Open Collections Program. Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930.
  • Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation Search for your relative's arrival in over 51 million passenger records.
  • Immigration and Naturalization Immigration and Naturalization indexes, records, images.
  • Immigration - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. $$ The USCIS Genealogy Program is a fee-for-service program that provides researchers with timely access to historical immigration and naturalization records of deceased immigrants. Genealogy services, history and other information about the immigration process. Does NOT include ship passenger lists or border arrival manifests, all of which were created and maintained in field offices (ports of entry).
  • International Classification of Diseases Decode those cause of death codes on death certificates.
  • IPUMS provides census and survey data from around the world integrated across time and space. IPUMS integration and documentation makes it easy to study change, conduct comparative research, merge information across data types, and analyze individuals within family and community context. Data and services available free of charge.
  • Jewish History Resource Center
  • JewishGen Features thousands of databases, research tools, and other resources to help those with Jewish ancestry research.
  • LDS Genealogy designed to help families discover their ancestors.
  • Lineage Society of America Quick List of Lineage Societies With Websites.
  • Medical Terminology will help decipher cause of death on death certificates.
  • Mormon Immigration Records 1840 - 1890
  • Naturalization Records Good - Naturalization Records searchable by State.... also has link to USCIS.gov click 'Order Online Now'.
  • Nickname List Nicknames for your ancestors. Also, see Behind the Name.
  • Old Disease Names A glossary of terms used to describe diseases in times gone by.
  • Online Books Page Listing over 2 million free books on the Web.
  • Online OCR Change an image (or PDF) to a MS Word or txt document. Do not login, just browse to your image, Upload, type in number that appears, click Recognize. Text will appear under the Recognize button.
  • Oxford Dictionary of Local and Family History Find answers to questions of terminology that may arise in the course of research. It contains, for example, entries on legal and other specialist terms; types of documentation; sources of information; social and religious groups; institutions and organizations; historical and political events; official functions and occupations; and authors and scholars.
  • People Search Find relatives and locate ancestors.
  • Photographers Identities Catalog collection of biographical data describing photographers, studios, manufacturers, and others involved in the production of photographic images. Consisting of names, nationalities, dates, locations and more, PIC is a vast and growing resource for the historian, student, genealogist, or any lover of photography's history.
  • Poorhouse Records by state.
  • Prison Search A directory of genealogical prison records and search engines categorized by state. Civil War Prison search engines and legendary outlaws and criminals are included.
  • Puzzilla Descendant Viewer. Find new research opportunities on descendant lines in FamilySearch FamilyTree. Sign in with FamilySearch ID.
  • Quaker Information Center
  • Relative Finder See how you are related to famous people.
  • One-Step Webpages by Stephen P. Morse. Tools for finding immigration records, census records, vital records, and for dealing with calendars, maps, foreign alphabets, and numerous other applications.
  • The People History  information related to historical events, popular culture, music, fashion, toys, sports, and much more from the 1800s up to the present!
  • TreeSeek.com Make large fan and pedigree charts and more.
  • Vintage Postcards, Historic Photos and Images Postcards and photos picture the world where our ancestors lived day to day life and are the perfect means of seeing those early day scens exactly as they saw them.
  • What Was There ties historical photos to Google maps, allowing one to tour familiar streets to see how they appeared in the past.
  • Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia
  • WorldCat The world's largest library catalog. Great for finding specific books in the nearest library.

Software and Tools for the Family History Researcher

  • Ancestral Quest $$, has a Free version that downloads generations from Family Tree. Tutorials.
  • Family Tree Maker $$ Quickly and easily build your family tree
  • RootsMagic $ Has Free version called Essentials that downloads generations from FamilySearch FamilyTree - tutorials.

Tools

  • Cite This For Me Automatic Bibliography Generator Create your citations, reference lists and bibliographies automatically using the APA, MLA, Chicago, or Harvard referencing styles. It's fast and free!
  • Convert Addresses to/from Latitude/Longitude/Altitude in One Step
  • Customized Google Searches Enter information about an ancestor. Press the "Click Here to Continue" button and a new window will open showing the "best" Google searches set up for you.
  • Day of the Week Calculator by Ancestor Search. Enter the date to find the day of the week for any year.
  • EasyBib: Free Bibliography Generator - Automatic works cited and bibliography formatting for MLA, APA and Chicago/Turabian citation styles. Now supports 7th edition of MLA.
  • Free Kingsoft Office Software Compatible with MS Word files, Powerpoint, and Excel spreadsheets. Free!
  • Genealogy Calculators & Tools Use these date, money, relationship, and surname calculators to help build your family history.
  • GenScriber is a transcription editor for census records, church records, birth, marriage ,baptisms, burials, index records etc. Free for non-commercial use.
  • GIMPGNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP). Provides the tools needed for high quality image manipulation. From retouching to restoring to creative composites.
  • Gliesians Laboratory Genealogy Calculators Some interesting genealogy tools such as image comparison, Autosomal DNA (atDNA) Analyzer, Most Recent Common Ancestor (MRCA) Calculator, Earlobe calculator, age difference calculator and more.
  • Inflation Calculator The calculator will tell you: a) How much the money from the year that you chose is worth today. b) What your present day money would be worth in the year that you chose.
  • Internet Archive a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.
  • Irfanview a very fast, small, compact and innovative FREEWARE (for non-commercial use) graphic viewer for Windows 9x, ME, NT, 2000, XP, 2003 , 2008, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10.
  • One-Step Webpages by Stephen P. Morse. Tools for finding immigration records, census records, vital records, and for dealing with calendars, maps, foreign alphabets, and numerous other applications.
  • Paint.NET graphics program zipped folder containing the install file for FREE Paint.net and its plug-in files: Feather.dll and Perspective.dll.  Cnet.com gives it 5 stars and a great review. Download it, install it, copy the two dll files to the Effects folder.
  • Phrontistery has definitions of archaic words and various site features relating to language and lexicography. Find that half-remembered rare or obscure word you've been looking for, or to read and explore essays on language, linguistics, and culture.
  • RecordSeek takes any website on the net, and converts it to create a MLA format source citation for you, so you get the benefit of an official citation, without the frustration.
  • Soundex Converter The Soundex system is a method of indexing names in the 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920 US Census. Soundex can also aid genealogists by identifying spelling variations for a given surname.
  • TimeAndDate See calendar for any year, date-to-date calculator, and other tools.
  • Township and Range Search Enter Township and Range.  Optionally enter Section.  Google Earth flies you there using BLM data.
  • TreeSeek Visualize your genealogy. Easily create charts with your data gathered from FamilySearch.org or create charts from a GEDCOM file. Login with a FamilySearch ID.
  • WolframAlpha Computational Knowledge Engine. Interesting site with lots of calculators. Of interest to genealogists are the People & History, Date & Times, Places & Geography calculators, just to name a few.
  • Yippy is another search engine

Research Links by States

United States

African American
  • FamilySearch African American Wiki articles
  • African-Native American Genealogy that document the Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes. Includes the history and documentation of blended African & Native American families in more states.
  • Africana Heritage Project
  • AfriGeneas African Ancestored Genealogy devoted to African American genealogy, to researching African Ancestry in the Americas in particular and to genealogical research and resources in general. It is also an African Ancestry research community featuring the AfriGeneas mail list, the AfriGeneas message boards and daily and weekly genealogy chats.
  • Afro-Louisiana History and Genealogy
  • Archdiocese of New Orleans includes the eight civil parishes in the greater New Orleans area: Jefferson; Orleans; Plaquemines; St. Bernard; St. Charles; St. John, St. Tammany; and Washington. In addition to housing materials for these civil parishes, the archives also holds Louisiana-wide material from earlier periods when the archdiocesan boundaries included all or most of the state. Among these images are the registers of the slaves and free people of color from St. Louis Cathedral.
  • Caribbean GenWeb
  • Christine's Genealogy Website
  • Civil War Slave Compensation Claims Index claims brought by loyal slave owners against the Federal Government whose slaves volunteered or were drafted into military service for the Union Cause.
  • Crispus Attucks Museum Crispus Attucks was Indianapolis, Indiana's first segregated high school built for African-Americans in 1927. This digital collection captures the history of the high school through its yearbooks (1928-1986), newspapers, and graduation programs.
  • Digital Library on American Slavery A searchable database of detailed personal information about slaves, slaveholders, and free people of color.  The site provides access to data collected from legal petitions filed from 1777 to 1867 in all fifteen slaveholding states in the U.S.
  • Documenting the American South provides Internet access to texts, images, and audio files related to southern history, literature, and culture.
  • Free African Americans of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland and Delaware The history of the free African American community as told through the family history of most African Americans who were free in the Southeast during the colonial period.
  • Freedmen's Bureau Online The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands.
  • Lowcountry Africana African American Genealogy in SC, GA and FL.
  • North American Slave Narratives University of North Carolina special collection on Documenting the American South.
  • Relatively Curious
  • Slavery Era Insurance Registry Insurance policies from the slavery era have been discovered in the archives of several insurance companies, documenting insurance coverage for slaveholders for damage to or death of their slaves, issued by a predecessor insurance firm.
  • Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database Information on almost 36,000 slaving voyages that forcibly embarked 10 million+ Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries.
  • Unknown No Longer Virginia Historical Society access to its varied collections relating to Virginians of African descent.
Native American

Alabama

Alaska

Arizona

Arkansas

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Delaware

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

  • FamilySearch Maryland Wiki articles
  • Anne Arundel Genealogical Society An extensive collection of material from across Maryland and surrounding states.
  • ShoreWeb Information on the DelMarVa peninsula which lies between the Cheapeake Bay to the west and the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean to the east, consists of the Eastern Shore of Maryland, the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and the bulk of Delaware.

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Mississippi

Missouri

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Oklahoma

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

International Research Sites

General

  • Ancestry.com
  • Cemetery Records for Canada, US, and many other countries. (Interment.net)
  • Family History Research Wiki
  • Genealogy Indexer Search pages of historical directories (business, address, telephone, etc., mostly from Central and Eastern Europe), yizkor books (memorials to Jewish communities destroyed in the Holocaust), military lists (officers, casualties, etc., mostly from the Russian Empire and Poland), community and personal histories, and Polish secondary school annual reports and other school sources.
  • Global Virtual GenealogyDigital birth, marriage, death, census and city directory records from around the world.
  • Google Translate Copy and paste web address to translate foreign language webpages.
  • Historical World Boundary Maps

Austria

Canada

British Columbia
Manitoba
  • Manitoba Vital Records - unrestricted access to the following records: Births more than 100 years ago, Marriages more than 80 years ago, Deaths more than 70 years ago. NOTE: Records are only updated quarterly - use film # to find records on microfilm.
New Brunswick
Newfoundland
Nova Scotia
  • Nova Scotia Birth, Marriage, Death records (not all yet)
Ontario
Saskatchewan

Denmark

  • FamilySearch Denmark Wiki articles
  • Danish Family Search Free parish registers and censuses and pictures of original records. Has old and new (Ny) records. Good if you know the Parish. Click Search tab or---Click on County, Click on Parish, Click Churchbooks tab, Click other tab, click near top to see if there is an index, Find year and click on records.
  • Danish State Archives Free church books, parish registers and population censuses and pictures of original records. Click second link on left (Kirkeb�ger fra hele landet), Select County, Parish, year series. Click pages to find date of record.

France

Germany

  • FamilySearch Germany Wiki articles
  • GermanRoots.com Passenger lists, BMD indexes, census, military, more. Some $
  • Matricula - Free Church Registers A monumental effort to digitize 1,000s of church registry books in Germany and Austria (other countries to come) and make them available - free and online.

Netherlands

Norway

United Kingdom (England / Ireland / Scotland / Wales)

  • FamilySearch United Kingdom Wiki articles
  • DustyDocs Free UK bmd sites. May search by Parish
  • GenUki.org.uk UK - England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Channel Island, Isle of Man
  • FindMyPast $$ Varied, passenger list, BMD, Outbound from England and more.
  • FreeBMD (free) Births, Marriages, Deaths
  • FreeReg (free) Parish Registers
  • IGI International Genealogical Index has largest single index to English church records, but no Quaker records.
  • UK National Archives (mostly free) military pensions index, wills, 1901 Census Eng and Wales
  • UKBMD (free site use, but certificates cost some)
England
Ireland
Scotland
Wales

Volunteer at the Center

Call, stop in, or write for more information. Phone number, address and email address are listed at the beginning of this page.