Klein Texas Family History Center

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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.


Center Contacts and Hours[edit | edit source]

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: 832-390-0763 (say your name after the tone)

E-mail:  KleinFHC1@gmail.com or TX_Klein@familyhistorymail.org

Open Hours:

  • Tuesday:10 am-4 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.


Calendar[edit | edit source]

Classes and Workshops (Thursdays 6:59pm - 9pm)[edit | edit source]

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

Center Collections[edit | edit source]

FamilySearch Catalog[edit | edit source]

  • 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 in-house 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[edit | edit source]

FHC Portal: Family History Centers (FHC) provide complimentary access to many subscription genealogy websites (must be at a FHC for free access).

Hardware and Equipment[edit | edit source]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Useful Web Sites[edit | edit source]

(Note - report link suggestions/additions or bad links through email or our Facebook group page.)

$$ = paid subscription site

Research Links by Topic[edit | edit source]

Sites with Links To Other Sites[edit | edit source]

Books / Publications[edit | edit source]

  • FamilySearch Books is a collection of more than 325,000 digitized genealogy and family history publications from the archives of some of the most important family history libraries in the world.
  • BYU and Other Libraries Family History Books  Read your family histories online.
  • Genealogy books online find family history books online.
  • Genealogy Gophers Find your ancestors in 80,000 digital genealogy books.
  • Google Books Search historical books for a Person or Place. Many town histories are researchable.
  • HathiTrust Digital Library offering a collection of millions of publication titles digitized from libraries around the world.
  • Online Books Page Listing over 2 million free books on the Web.
  • 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.
  • WorldCat The world's largest library catalog. Great for finding specific books in the nearest library.
  • Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia.

Census[edit | edit source]

  • 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.
  • Census History and Information Index of questions, census Instructions, questionnaire Images (U.S. Census Bureau).
  • Census Index of Questions
  • CensusFinder.com Most Free. Census for US, Canada, United Kingdom and Native Americans.
  • 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.

History / Reference[edit | edit source]

  • Family History Research Wiki Search by place or topic. Contains just about anything you want to know about family history research, where records are located, etc.
  • EveryNameIndex can help you quickly find passages in those old county histories that relate to your ancestor or surname.
  • Genealogy Articles, Tips and Research Guides genealogy articles, records sources and useful tips.
  • 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.
  • International Classification of Diseases Decode those cause of death codes on death certificates.
  • Medical Terminology will help decipher cause of death on death certificates.
  • 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.
  • Old Disease Names Frequently found on Death Certificates
  • 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.
  • The People History  information related to historical events, popular culture, music, fashion, toys, sports, and much more from the 1800s up to the present!
  • 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.
  • Rudy's List of Archaic Medical Terms
  • Training- Family Tree Getting Started. Also see Moon's class helps.
  • 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.
  • Underlying and Multiple Cause of Death Codes

Immigration / Naturalization[edit | edit source]

Land Records / Maps / Location Finders[edit | edit source]

  • Atlas of Historical County Boundaries
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Convert Addresses to/from Latitude/Longitude/Altitude in One Step
  • 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.
  • Historic Maps Find legal land descriptions to get ancestor's land records from the Nat'l Archive.
  • Historical U.S. County Boundary Maps
  • 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.
  • NETRonline: Historic Aerials Home of the most comprehensive database of historical aerial photos of the United States.
  • Sanborn Maps at Library of Congress provides a searchable database of the fire insurance maps published by the Sanborn Map Company housed in the collections of the Geography and Map Division.
  • 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.
  • What Was There ties historical photos to Google maps, allowing one to tour familiar streets to see how they appeared in the past.

Military[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

(Check for additional links under States and Countries below)

Religious Groups / Lineage Societies[edit | edit source]

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Vital Records[edit | edit source]

(Also check links under States and Countries below)

Software and Tools for the Family History Researcher[edit | edit source]

PC Software[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

Apps / Tools[edit | edit source]

Apps / Sites[edit | edit source]
  • Free Kingsoft Office Software Compatible with MS Word files, Powerpoint, and Excel spreadsheets. Free!
  • GenScriber is a transcription editor for census records, church records, birth, marriage ,baptisms, burials, index records etc. Free for non-commercial use.
  • Google Language Translator Translates 90 languages to and from English. Can't read a web page? Type in its address. Translates entire web pages.
  • 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.
  • Puzzilla Descendant Viewer. Find new research opportunities on descendant lines in FamilySearch FamilyTree. Sign in with FamilySearch ID.
  • 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.
  • Relative Finder See how you are related to famous people.
  • 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.
Calculators[edit | edit source]
  • Genealogy Calculators & Tools Use these date, money, relationship, and surname calculators to help build your family history.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Citation Generators[edit | edit source]
Image Tools[edit | edit source]
  • GIMPGNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP). Provides the tools needed for high quality image manipulation. From retouching to restoring to creative composites.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Search Tools[edit | edit source]
  • 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.
  • Genealogy Search Tool
  • GenealogyInTime Great search tools for help finding for your ancestors.
  • Google Search Engines 192 Google search engines listed by country and region. One of the most powerful features of Google search is to make sure you use the correct Google search engine.
  • Yippy is another search engine.
Other[edit | edit source]

Research Links by States[edit | edit source]

United States[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]
  • FamilySearch African American Wiki articles
  • FamilySearch African American Genealogy.
  • African Americans in Ohio
  • 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
  • Runaway Slaves in Britian contains well over eight hundred runaway advertisements published in English and Scottish newspapers between 1700 and 1780.
  • 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.
  • Virginia Untold - The African-American Narrative The Library of Virginia’s collections documenting the lives of African Americans in Virginia. The Library’s African American Narrative project aims to provide greater accessibility to pre-1865 African American history and genealogy.
Native American[edit | edit source]

Alabama[edit | edit source]

Alaska[edit | edit source]

Arizona[edit | edit source]

Arkansas[edit | edit source]

California[edit | edit source]

Colorado[edit | edit source]

Connecticut[edit | edit source]

Delaware[edit | edit source]

Florida[edit | edit source]

Georgia[edit | edit source]

Hawaii[edit | edit source]

Idaho[edit | edit source]

Illinois[edit | edit source]

Indiana[edit | edit source]

Iowa[edit | edit source]

Kansas[edit | edit source]

Kentucky[edit | edit source]

Louisiana[edit | edit source]

Maine[edit | edit source]

Maryland[edit | edit source]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

Michigan[edit | edit source]

Minnesota[edit | edit source]

Mississippi[edit | edit source]

Missouri[edit | edit source]

Montana[edit | edit source]

Nebraska[edit | edit source]

Nevada[edit | edit source]

New Hampshire[edit | edit source]

New Jersey[edit | edit source]

New Mexico[edit | edit source]

New York[edit | edit source]

North Carolina[edit | edit source]

North Dakota[edit | edit source]

Ohio[edit | edit source]

Oklahoma[edit | edit source]

Oregon[edit | edit source]

Pennsylvania[edit | edit source]

Rhode Island[edit | edit source]

South Carolina[edit | edit source]

South Dakota[edit | edit source]

Tennessee[edit | edit source]

Texas[edit | edit source]

Utah[edit | edit source]

Vermont[edit | edit source]

Virginia[edit | edit source]

Washington[edit | edit source]

West Virginia[edit | edit source]

Wisconsin[edit | edit source]

Wyoming[edit | edit source]

International Research Sites[edit | edit source]

General[edit | edit source]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

Australia[edit | edit source]

National Library of Australia Digitised newspapers and more

Canada[edit | edit source]

British Columbia[edit | edit source]
Manitoba[edit | edit source]
  • 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[edit | edit source]
Newfoundland[edit | edit source]
Nova Scotia[edit | edit source]
  • Nova Scotia Birth, Marriage, Death records (not all yet)
Ontario[edit | edit source]
Saskatchewan[edit | edit source]

Bohemia, Czechoslovakia, and Czech Republic[edit | edit source]

Denmark[edit | edit source]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

Germany[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

Ireland[edit | edit source]

  • Ask About Ireland is an initiative of public libraries together with local museums and archives in the digitisation and online publication of the original, the unusual and the unique material from their local studies' collections to create a national Internet resource for culture.
  • Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht includes full images of the original registers (births 1864-1916, marriages 1870-1941 and deaths 1878-1966). Use the “More Search Options” page.
  • Griffith’s Valuation (1847-1864) is a vast and minutely detailed property survey carried out to assess local taxes (aka “The Rates”).
  • Irish Genealogy News is a blog that runs in parallel with the Irish Genealogy Toolkit. It carries the latest Irish genealogy news.
  • Irish Genealogy Toolkit is a free online guide to Irish family history research.
  • John Grenham's Website aims to provide a single reference source for any records needed to research Irish Ancestors, as well as a starting-point for anyone with a surname historically found in Ireland. The site is free for light users, with a soft paywall for more persistent souls.
  • National Archives of Ireland Census Website All thirty-two counties for 1901 and 1911, searchable by all information categories, are now available.
  • National Library of Ireland Catholic Parish Register microfilm images contain records of baptisms and marriages from the majority of Catholic parishes in Ireland and Northern Ireland up to 1880. (Note: FindMyPast and Ancestry, have transcribed them, with access free only on FindMyPast.)
  • RootsIreland is an extensive and easily searchable database of Catholic Church records.
  • Trace your Irish family history: a step-by-step guide.
  • Ulster Ancestry is compiling a series of free pages for Irish research purposes.

Italy[edit | edit source]

Italian Genealogical Group

Mexico[edit | edit source]

Mexico Genealogy Wiki

Netherlands[edit | edit source]

Norway[edit | edit source]


  • NewspaperSG is an online resource of current and historic Singapore and Malaya newspapers published between 1831-2009, or find information on over 200 newspaper titles in the National Library's microfilm collection.

United Kingdom (England / Ireland / Scotland / Wales)[edit | edit source]

England[edit | edit source]
Ireland[edit | edit source]
Scotland[edit | edit source]
Wales[edit | edit source]

Volunteer at the Center[edit | edit source]

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