Texas Church Records

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Before 1900 the largest religious groups in Texas were the Baptist, Methodist Episcopal, Roman Catholic, and Christian (Disciples of Christ).

The Family History Library has some church records for Texas. For example, the library has microfilm copies of original documents from the Catholic archives in El Paso, Galveston, and San Antonio. The records from the San Antonio archdiocese include 100 microfilms for the city of San Antonio for the years 1703 to 1957.

Many denominations have collected their records into central repositories. You can write to the following addresses to learn where their records are located.


Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
A. Webb Roberts Library
2001 West Seminary Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76122
Telephone: 817-923-1921 (x3330)
Fax: 817-921-8754
Internet: http://www.swbts.edu/libraries/

Baylor University
Moody Memorial Library
Box 6307
Waco, TX 76703
Telephone: 254-710-2111
Fax: 254-710-3116
Internet: http://www3.baylor.edu/Library/LibDepts/MMLandJones/MMLandJones.html

For a history of the Baptists in Texas, see James M. Carroll, A History of Texas Baptists. Dallas, Texas: Baptist Standard Publishing Co., 1923. (Family History Library film 1000597 item 1.)

Disciples of Christ

Brite Divinity School Collection
Mary Couts Burnett Library
Texas Christian University
2913 West Lowden
Fort Worth, TX 76129
Telephone: 817-921-7117
Fax: 817-921-7447
Internet: http://lib.tcu.edu/www/default.asp


Center for Methodist Studies
United Methodist Historical Collection
Bridwell Library
Southern Methodist University
6005 Bishop Boulevard
P.O. Box 750476
Dallas, TX 75275
Internet: http://www.smu.edu/bridwell/methodiststudies/methodiststudies.htm

For a history of the Methodist Church, see Macum Phelan, History of Early Methodism in Texas, 1817-1866. Nashville, Tennessee: Cokesbury Press, 1924. (Family History Library film 599530 item 1.)

Roman Catholic

Catholic Archives of Texas
1600 North Congress
Capitol Station P.O. Box 13327
Austin, TX 78711-3327
Telephone: 512-476-4888
Fax: 512-469-9537
Internet: http://www.onr.com/user/cat/

For a history of the Catholic Church, see Mary Angela Fitzmorris, Four Decades of Catholicism in Texas 1820-1860. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America, 1926. (Family History Library book 976.4 A1 no. 21; film 924684 item 3.)