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The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services helpful to genealogical researchers.

Texas State Library

State Archives and Library
Building F 1201 Brazos
P.O. Box 12927
Austin, TX 78711
Telephone: 512-463-5460
Fax: 512-463-5436

Three divisions of the Texas State Library house materials of interest to genealogists: the Information Services, the Archives, and the Local Records divisions. The Information Services Division contains such records as published histories, vital record indexes, census records, and military records. The Archives Division preserves colonial, republic, and state government records, while the Local Records Division maintains valuable city and county government records. Microfilm copies of the city and county records are distributed among 26 Texas repositories.

A helpful guide to important sources at the Texas State Archives is:

  • Jean Carefoot, Guide to Genealogical Resources in the Texas State Archives (Austin, Texas: Archives Division, Texas State Library, 1984. FHL Collection 976.4 A3cj 1984; a 197? edition is on film 1036849 item 11.

The Texas State Library will loan selected materials from their Genealogy Collection. For a list of materials available for circulation, see Texas State Library, Texas State Library Circulating Genealogy Duplicates List. Austin, Texas: Texas State Library, 1992. FHL Collection 976.4 A3t; 1985 edition: FHL Collection 6047934]

National Archives—Soutwest Region (Fort Worth)
501 West Felix Street, Building 1
Fort Worth, TX 76115-3405
Telephone: 817-831-5620
Fax: 817-551-2034

Texas State Genealogical Society
2507 Tannehill
Houston, TX 77008-3052
Telephone: 713-864-6862
Fax: 713-864-3540

Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library
P.O. Box 1401
San Antonio, TX 78205-1401
Telephone: 210-225-1071
Fax: 210-212-8514

Rosenberg Library Archives
2310 Sealy Avenue
Galveston, TX 77550
Telephone: 409-763-8854
Fax: 409-763-0275

Clayton Library
Center for Genealogical Research
5300 Caroline
Houston, TX 77004-6896
Telephone: 713-524-0101

The Clayton Library has produced a series of subject guides to their collection. The Family History Library has copies of a number of these guides.

Houston Public Library

Houston Metropolitan Research Center
500 McKinney Street
Houston, TX 77002
Telephone: 713-236-1313

Dallas Public Library
1515 Young Street
Dallas, TX 75201
Telephone: 214-670-1400

Center for American History
The University of Texas
Sid Richardson Hall, 2.101
Austin, TX 78712
Telephone: 512-495-4515
Fax: 512-495-4542

Baylor University
Texas Collection
P.O. Box 97142
Waco, TX 76798-7142

To learn more about the history and record-keeping systems of Texas counties, use the 24 inventories of the county archives produced by the Historical Records Survey around 1940. The Family History Library has copies of all of these inventories.

The Texas County Records Inventory Project of North Texas State University Center for Community Services has produced more recent inventories of the records of about a third of the state's counties. These can be purchased from the Texas State Archives. The Family History Library has copies of most of these inventories. They are listed in the catalog under TEXAS, [COUNTY] - ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES.

Web Sites

You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from Texas in a variety of sources at local, state, national, and international levels. The list of sources is growing rapidly. Most of the information is available at no cost. Addresses on the Internet change frequently. The following sites are important gateways linking you to many more sites:


A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and country.


A useful list of sites and resources. Includes a large, regularly-updated research coordination list.


FamilySearch is a collection of computer files containing several million names. FamilySearch is a good place to begin your research. Some of the records come from compiled sources; some have been automated from original sources.