Your Guide to Researching Texas Ancestors
State Capital: Austin, Texas
Books, Periodicals, Articles, Tapes, CD's etc.
On The Web
The Handybook for Genealogists (now avaialble in its 11th edition) and/or Ancesetry's Redbook (3rd ed.) and/or The Family Tree Resource Book for Geenalogists section on Texas includes maps, historical information, vital records coverage and a bibliography of resources. You will want at least one of these books in your home or get photocopies of sections while at the library.
Ancestry's Texas Fact Sheet.
Carefoot. A Guide to Genealogical Resources in the Texas State Archives. (out of pring) (find in a library)
Mountain Press carries a number of Texas source books for sale. Note you can also search the indexes of their books to see if the surname you are searching is indexed.
Audiotapes from past genealogy conferences with the word Texas in the title. provide a way to hear experienced speakers discuss researching Texas ancestors.
Take the 5 lesson Lonestar Genealogy course
Use the catalog at the FHL to find out what has been filmed covering the state Texas ; Click View Related Places in the upper right to find sources that have been filmed for the county you are researching and once there click View Related Places in the upper right to find sources that have been filmed for the township or city. You will want to check for resources in all three jurisdictions, although most people check the county holdings first, township next and state last.
Bookmark or print out this county map of Texas. or use the U.S. Census Bureau's Texas Map. Find historic Texas maps at the Perry Castaneda Library Texas Map Collection online. There are 254 counties in Texas. Links to other maps, including historical ones, can be found at Texas Maps.
Look at the websites of these libraries. archives and societies.
Texas State Library & Archives includes a special section describing genealogy sources at the TSL&A
Texas is served by the National Archives Southwest Region, which is housed in Dallas.
Newspapers on Microfilm at the Texas State Library are available on interlibrary loan; inquire at your local library.
The 1880 census can be searched for free at Familysearch.org Find other online census records and more census information at CensusFinder's Texas links to find census records online. Texas did not take a territorial or state census,
To get information about vital records, check the Texas Office of Vital Records (official page) or the Vitalrec Texas Page. Check the Guide to Online Texas Death Records and Indexes to find death records available or indexed online.
Find burials at Interment.net's Texas page or use Cemetery Junction's alphabetical list to find cemetery transcriptions online. The Texas State Cemetery is the site of burials of notable persons, including 2, 200 confederate soldiers and wives from Texas.
Don't forget your Texan black sheep ancestor!
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This page last updated Monday, September 21, 2006
Created by Barbara Snow September 11, 2006
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