Genealogy Research Resource Round-Up / Texas Style

Texas genealogy research

We’ve rounded up some of the best genealogy research resources in Texas that will help Lone Star genealogy researchers in their ancestry research. These are recommendations from experts, as well as Record Click editors and researchers. This is a living Resource Page, so Texas genealogy researchers are welcome to reply with suggestions and additions.

Texas Libraries of Note

• Abilene Public Library Genealogy Department
• Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research / Houston Public Library
• Dallas Public Library Genealogy Department
• Denton Public Library, Special Collections Emily Fowler Central Library Special Collections department – Denton County Genealogy & Local History
• Galveston Public Library – Genealogy Department
• Grapevine Public Library’s Frances Pittman Malcolm Genealogy Room
• Houston Public Library / Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
• Lubbock (City of Lubbock) Mahon Library Genealogy Department
• McAllen Public Library genealogy collection
• Montgomery County Public Library Genealogy Collection
• Plano Public Library System – Genealogy, Local History, Texana, and Archives (GLHTA)
• Richmond – George Memorial Library
• San Antonio Public Texana Collection
• Texas State Library & Archives Commission – TSLAC Genealogy collection
• Victoria County Public Library Genealogy / Local History collection
• West Waco Library and Genealogy Center

Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research / Houston Public Library
5300 Caroline Street
Houston, Texas 77004
(832) 393-2600

Collections include:

Census records
Family histories (15,000 catalogued volumes)
International resources
Military records
Passenger & immigration sources
Special collections
Texas & Houston area
USA & State materials

Family History Library affiliate program – FHL Library catalog

Houston Library Databases by Category – Genealogy

See Clayton Library “Useful Links” page

Texas State Genealogical Society

Interesting and Informative Articles

KHOU Anchor Len Cannon does genealogy search to find lost family history
Parts 1 & 2

“The Changing Face of Genealogy” – Curt Witcher (information about the changing face of family history research)

Records Preservation and Access Committee: A joint committee of the Federation of Genealogical Societies, the National Genealogical Society, and the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.

Texas General Land Office: History & Archives – The Story of Texas Land. From the menu on the left-hand side, select “Our Collections” and then “Land Grants” to search the database.

The Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS) partnered with the Texas General Land Office (TXGLO) to preserve and digitize important early Texas land history documents. TXGLO has offered preservation and technical expertise, while TSGS has provided $40,000 in funding to TXGLO to accomplish the goal of preservation. These records are important because they give exact dates of immigration into Texas for those settlrs claiming a land certificate from the various county clerks across the state. They are a history of who testified to receive a land grant and when they testified. This offers the ultimate quest of a family history researcher – recording a specific person in a specific place, at a specific time period.

If you have questions about Texas genealogy or you need assistance on the dusty trail of ancestry research, contact RecordClick.