| Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
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- Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
- 5300 Caroline St.
- Houston, TX 77004-6896
Hours: 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:
- Clayton Library Internet site collections, research, services, events, FAQs, and history.
- Houston Public Library Online Catalog by title, author, subject, series, call number, ISBN /ISSN, Lexile number, or government document number.
- Genealogy databases 24 including Ancestry, FamilySearch, HeritageQuest, Fold3, and newspapers.
One of America's best genealogical collections. Especially strong for Texas and adjoining states. USA and state 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. 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. The Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research is part of the Houston (TX) Public Library System.
- 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.
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.
- 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
- 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.
- Chaparral Genealogical Society Library over 2,100 books, manuscripts, and microfilms.
- Harris County Archives maps, manuscripts, oral histories, schools, orphan home, J.P. dockets.
- Harris County Clerk
- Harris County District Clerk
- Houston Public Library
- Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Austin, federal censuses, vital statistics indexes, military indexes, county tax rolls, city directories, newspapers, voter registration, convicts.
- Texas Historical Commission, Austin, 5,000 publications of which 3,000 are books, historical sites, cemeteries, oral history, heritage trails, city and county histories, military history and photos.
- Texas DSHS Vital Statistics, Austin, births, deaths, marriages, divorces.
- Texas Heritage Museum, Hill College, Hillsboro, outstanding Civil War collection.
- 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
- Texas Baptist Historical Society histories of local congregations.