Texas Compiled Genealogies

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The Texas State Library and most university libraries, historical societies, and genealogical societies have special collections and indexes of genealogical value. These must usually be searched in person. The following are major manuscript collections and published sources for Texas.
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Manuscript Collections

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Collection. This collection consists of transcripts of Bible records, cemetery records, church records, marriages, deaths, obituaries, and wills. It was microfilmed in 1971 at the DAR Library in Washington, D.C. (available on 44 Family History Library films beginning with 850123.)  A similar DAR collection was filmed in 1961 (Family History Library films 227500 through 227516.)

Spanish-American Mission Collection. This is a collection of family group forms showing the ancestry of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the Southwest. (Family History Library Latin America films 940001-6.) The original forms are interfiled with the Patron Section of the Family Group Records Collection.

Writing and Sharing Your Family History

Sharing your own family history is valuable for several reasons:

  • It helps you see gaps in your own research and raises opportunities to find new information.
  • It helps other researchers progress in researching ancestors you share in common.
  • It draws other researchers to you who already have information about your family that you do not yet possess.
  • It draws together researchers with common interests, sparking collaboration opportunities. For instance, researchers in various localities might choose to do lookups for each other in remote repositories. Your readers may also share photos of your ancestors that you have never seen before.
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Published Sources

Ancestors: A Book of Lineage Charts. Seven Volumes. Tyler, Texas: East Texas Genealogical Society, 1979-95. (Family History Library book 976.4 D2a.)

Founders and Patriots of the Republic of Texas: Lineages of the Members of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Eight Volumes. Austin, Texas: Daughters of the Republic of Texas, 1963-85. (Family History Library book 976.4 C4f.)

Morris, Mrs. Harry Joseph. Citizens of the Republic of Texas. Dallas: Texas State Genealogical Society, 1977. (Family History Library book 976.4 D2m.) This includes over 8,000 names on pedigrees contributed to the society. It is indexed.

Residents of Texas, 1782-1836. Three Volumes. San Antonio, Texas: The University of Texas, Institute of Texan Cultures, 1984. (Family History Library book 976.4 D2rte.)

Texas Family Land Heritage Registry, Eight Volumes. Austin, Texas: Texas Department of Agriculture, 1974—. (Family History Library book 976.4 R25t.) The Department of Agriculture inaugurated a program in 1974 to identify pre-1874 farms and ranches that have been operated continually by the same family. The published volumes list the original owners, location of the land, date of ownership, and names of the present owners. A complete set of the published records are available at the Texas State Library. It is listed in the catalog under TEXAS - GENEALOGY - PERIODICALS.

Texas, Gonzalez de la Garza Genealogy Collection (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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