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This branch of the Houston Public Library has one of America's best genealogical collections. Especially strong for Texas, adjoining states, and Tennessee.<ref name="DB107">William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. ''America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers'' (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 107. {{WorldCat|39493985|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|728550|item|disp=FHL Ref Book 973 J54d}}.</ref> It has nationwide and statewide materials, Texas and Houston area death records including funeral home records, censuses, passenger arrival lists, manuscripts, International resources for Europe, Canada, and Mexico, military records, family histories, genealogical periodicals, maps, family history vertical files, and Family History Library Affiliate Program.<ref name="Coll">[http://www2.houstonlibrary.org/clayton/collections.html Collections] at ''Clayton Library Center for Genealogy Research'' (accessed 26 October 2013).</ref> Their special collections includes 25 major genealogical collections, such as the Barbour, Blake, Draper Manuscript, and Vosburgh collections, Loredo TX Archives 1749-1872, and Nacagdoches TX Archives 1733-1836.<ref name="SpColl">[http://www2.houstonlibrary.org/clayton/collections_special-collections.html Special Collections] at ''Clayton Library Center for Genealogy Research'' (accessed 26 October 2013).</ref>
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This branch of the Houston Public Library has one of America's best genealogical collections. Especially strong for Texas, adjoining states, and Tennessee.<ref name="DB107">William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. ''America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers'' (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 107. {{WorldCat|39493985|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}. {{FHL|728550|item|disp=FHL Ref Book 973 J54d}}.</ref> It has nationwide and statewide materials, Texas and Houston area death records including funeral home records, censuses, passenger arrival lists, manuscripts, International resources for Europe, Canada, and Mexico, military records, family histories, genealogical periodicals, maps, family history vertical files, and Family History Library Affiliate Program.<ref name="Coll">[http://www2.houstonlibrary.org/clayton/collections.html Collections] at ''Clayton Library Center for Genealogy Research'' (accessed 26 October 2013).</ref> Their special collections includes 25 major genealogical collections, such as the Barbour, Blake, Draper Manuscript, and Vosburgh collections, Loredo TX Archives 1749-1872, and Nacagdoches TX Archives 1733-1836.<ref name="SpColl">[http://www2.houstonlibrary.org/clayton/collections_special-collections.html Special Collections] at ''Clayton Library Center for Genealogy Research'' (accessed 26 October 2013).</ref>  
  
 
=== Tips  ===
 
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*[http://www.harriscountytx.gov/archives/Default.aspx Harris County Archives] maps, manuscripts, oral histories, schools, orphan home, J.P. dockets.  
 
*[http://www.harriscountytx.gov/archives/Default.aspx Harris County Archives] maps, manuscripts, oral histories, schools, orphan home, J.P. dockets.  
 
*[http://www.cclerk.hctx.net/ Harris County Clerk] births, marriages, deaths, and land deeds.  
 
*[http://www.cclerk.hctx.net/ Harris County Clerk] births, marriages, deaths, and land deeds.  
*[http://www.hcdistrictclerk.com/Common/Default.aspx Harris County District Clerk] civil, criminal, and family court records.
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*[http://www.hcdistrictclerk.com/Common/Default.aspx Harris County District Clerk] civil, criminal, and family court records.  
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*[http://www.thegregoryschool.org/ African American Library at the Gregory School] history of African Americans in the Houston area.
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*[https://library.rice.edu/collections/WRC Rice University - Fondren Library, Woodson Research Center] Asian Americans, Civil War, slavery, Houston and Texas history, World War II, British Maritime &amp; Naval history, women's history.
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*[http://www.sanjacinto-museum.org/Library/ San Jacinto Museum of History Library] rare books, manuscripts, and histories about Texas.
 
*Repositories in '''surrounding counties:&nbsp;''' [[Brazoria County, Texas|Brazoria]], [[Chambers County, Texas|Chambers]], [[Fort Bend County, Texas|Fort Bend]], [[Galveston County, Texas|Galveston]], [[Liberty County, Texas|Liberty]], [[Montgomery County, Texas|Montgomery]], [[Waller County, Texas|Waller]].  
 
*Repositories in '''surrounding counties:&nbsp;''' [[Brazoria County, Texas|Brazoria]], [[Chambers County, Texas|Chambers]], [[Fort Bend County, Texas|Fort Bend]], [[Galveston County, Texas|Galveston]], [[Liberty County, Texas|Liberty]], [[Montgomery County, Texas|Montgomery]], [[Waller County, Texas|Waller]].  
 
*[http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/genfirst.html Texas State Library and Archives Commission], Austin, federal censuses, vital statistics indexes, military indexes, county tax rolls, city directories, newspapers, voter registration, convicts.  
 
*[http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/genfirst.html Texas State Library and Archives Commission], Austin, federal censuses, vital statistics indexes, military indexes, county tax rolls, city directories, newspapers, voter registration, convicts.  
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*[http://www.hillcollege.edu/info/texasheritagemuseum/ Texas Heritage Museum, Hill College], Hillsboro, outstanding Civil War collection.  
 
*[http://www.hillcollege.edu/info/texasheritagemuseum/ Texas Heritage Museum, Hill College], Hillsboro, outstanding Civil War collection.  
 
*[http://smu.edu/libraries/ Southern Methodist University] history, biography, newspapers, ethnic studies, government papers.  
 
*[http://smu.edu/libraries/ Southern Methodist University] history, biography, newspapers, ethnic studies, government papers.  
*African American Library at the Gregory School
 
*Rice University - Fondren Library, Woodson Research Center
 
*San Jacinto Museum of History Library
 
 
*[http://www.bgct.org/texasbaptists/Page.aspx?pid=1134 Texas Baptist Historical Society] histories of local congregations.  
 
*[http://www.bgct.org/texasbaptists/Page.aspx?pid=1134 Texas Baptist Historical Society] histories of local congregations.  
 
*Repositories in '''''other surrounding states:''''' [[Arkansas Archives and Libraries|Arkansas]], [[Louisiana Archives and Libraries|Louisiana]], [[New Mexico Archives and Libraries|New Mexico]], [[Oklahoma Archives and Libraries|Oklahoma]], and [[Mexico Archives and Libraries#State_Archives|Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas]]
 
*Repositories in '''''other surrounding states:''''' [[Arkansas Archives and Libraries|Arkansas]], [[Louisiana Archives and Libraries|Louisiana]], [[New Mexico Archives and Libraries|New Mexico]], [[Oklahoma Archives and Libraries|Oklahoma]], and [[Mexico Archives and Libraries#State_Archives|Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas]]

Revision as of 14:32, 1 November 2013

Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
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Contact Information

E-mail: Email Reference Use this form for genealogy and research questions.

Address:[1]

Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
5300 Caroline St.
Houston, TX 77004-6896

Telephone:[1]  832-393-2600

Hours:[1] Sunday and Monday Closed ; Tuesday 10am–6pm ; Wednesday10am–8pm ; Thursday 10am–6pm ; Friday 10am–5pm ; Saturday 10am–5pm

Directions, map, and public transportation:

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description

This branch of the Houston Public Library has one of America's best genealogical collections. Especially strong for Texas, adjoining states, and Tennessee.[2] It has nationwide and statewide materials, Texas and Houston area death records including funeral home records, censuses, passenger arrival lists, manuscripts, International resources for Europe, Canada, and Mexico, military records, family histories, genealogical periodicals, maps, family history vertical files, and Family History Library Affiliate Program.[3] Their special collections includes 25 major genealogical collections, such as the Barbour, Blake, Draper Manuscript, and Vosburgh collections, Loredo TX Archives 1749-1872, and Nacagdoches TX Archives 1733-1836.[4]

Tips

  • Bring a sweater because it is often chilly.
  • Free parking is available for users of the library.
  • Lockers are available for a quarter which will be returned when you return the key.
  • A snack area is available with vending machines and tables.
  • Free Wi-Fi is available and you are welcome to bring in your laptop and connect to the Internet.
  • Public computers are available with a Houston Public Library PowerCard, or computer use card.[1]

Alternate Repositories

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives Southwest Region (Ft. Worth) letters, photos, maps, settlement history, American Indians, the Civil War, slavery, Chinese exclusion, repatriation, segregation, and World Wars I and II.
  • 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.

Similar Collections

  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, holds 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, and Mormon records.
  • Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, premier periodical collection, genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, passenger lists, ethnic collections, and Canadians.
  • Mid-Continent Public Library Midwest Genealogy Center, Independence, MO, national censuses/indexes, 80,000 family histories, 100,000 local histories, 565,000 microfilms, 7,000 maps, and newspapers.
  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service and pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons.

Neighboring Collections

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 About the Library at Clayton Library Center for Genealogy Research (accessed 26 October 2013).
  2. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 107. At various libraries (WorldCat). FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  3. Collections at Clayton Library Center for Genealogy Research (accessed 26 October 2013).
  4. Special Collections at Clayton Library Center for Genealogy Research (accessed 26 October 2013).