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Societies and Archive

It is recommended to acquaint personally with just about any repository in Texas that you might visit by speaking to to the best suited archive or library ahead of time.

Many, if not all, Texas repositories include printed resources that present its collections and research policy.

Texas archives and historical institutions generally have Internet websites that provide comparable resources. Some even have downloadable databases for some or parts within their collections.

Texas Archives

  • Texas State Library and Archives Commission, P.O. Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711-2927; Holdings under the auspices of the Texas State Library are divided. Most important for genealogical research are the Texas State Archives with its Local Records Department, the Records Management Division, and the Information Services Division, which includes a Genealogy Section and a Reference Department. The Genealogy Section maintains vertical ties that contain notes, clippings, pamphlets, and correspondence on Texas families. These files may be accessed in person, by phone (512-463-5463, forty-five minute limit), or through correspondence.
  • Texas State Archives, Regional Historical Resource Depository, University Archives, East Texas State University, Commerce, TX 75428-2810
  • Catholic Archives of Texas, P.O. Box 13327, 1600 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78811-3327
  • Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Julia B. Ideson Bldg., 500 McKinney St., Houston, TX 77002-2534
  • Stephen F. Austin State University, Special Collections Dept., Box 13055, SFA Station, Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3055
  • Texas Land Office, Archives & Records Division, Stephen F. Austin Bldg., 1700 North Congress, Austin, TX 78701-1495
  • The Tyrrell Historical Library Archives, 801 Pearl Street, Beaumont, TX  77701; Ph# 409-981-5911

Texas Museums

Texas Libraries

Texas Periodicals

Genealogical magazines offer you plenty of sources of information, they sometimes are ignored by family history and genealogy researchers and genealogist in seeking for family history. A good number of regional and county genealogical and/or historical societies publish periodicals that may contain records associated with the region or surrounding area they support. Sometimes these publications have articles involving records which aren't obtainable someplace else.

  • The Dallas Quarterly. Dallas Genealogical Society, 1955-present.
  • Footprints. Fort Worth Genealogical Society 1968-present.
  • Genealogical Record. Houston Genealogical Forum, 1958-present.
  • Stirpes. Texas State Genealogical Society, 1961-present.
  • Heart of Texas Records. Formerly Central Texas Genealogical Society
  • Bulletin. Central Texas Genealogical Society, 1958-present.
  • The Herald. Montgomery County Genealogical and Historical Society, 1978-present.
  • Newsletter. German Texas Heritage Society, 1979-present.
  • Nase Dejiny. Devoted to Czechs who settled in Texas. 1982-present.
  • Northeast Texas Genealogy and History. Genealogical Society of Northeast Texas, 1965-present.
  • Oak Leaves. Matagorda County Genealogical Society 1982-present.
  • PGST News. Polish Genealogical Society of Texas.
  • Our Heritage. San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society, 1959-present.
  • Yellowed Pages. Southeast Texas Genealogical and Historical Society, 1971-present.
  • Stalkin' Kin. San Angelo Genealogical and Historical Society, 1973-present.
  • The Thorny Trail. Midland Genealogical Society, 1973-present.
  • The Roadrunner. Chaparral Genealogical Society, 1974-present.
  • Stalkin' Kin. San Angelo Genealogical and Historical Society, 1973-present.
  • Stirpes. Texas State Genealogical Society, 1961-present.
  • The Thorny Trail. Midland Genealogical Society, 1973—present.
  • Yellowed Pages. Southeast Texas Genealogical and Historical Society, 1971-present

Texas Historical & Genealogical Societies

For almost every state there is a state genealogical society, a state genealogical council, or both. As well as their own work, Texas groups oftentimes help synchronize the efforts of local societies inside the Texas. Their specific publications, newsletters and quarterlies, supplement those published by the local societies.

State or Regional Societies

County Societies

City, Town or Township Societies

Ethnic Societies

Religious Societies

  • Dallas Jewish Historical Society, 7900 Northaven Road, Dallas 75230
  • German - Texan Heritag Society, P.O. Box 684171, Austin 78768
  • Jewish Genealogical Society Of Austin, 11713 Jollyville Road, Austin 78759

Texas Newspapers & Publications

Texas Genealogical publications (magazines, newsletters, periodicals, books, etc.) provide all types of useful facts pertaining to specific ancestors, whole lineages and families, places in time, and concerning all kinds of genealogical records and repositories. They allow you to identify a wealth of details about your ancestors from many historical newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals. These different types of resources can frequently supplement public records and offer you information and facts that is not recorded someplace else. Here, you can discover more regarding your ancestor's potential every day activities by putting them in the framework of their time.

Books

Newspapers - Texas newspapers can offer all sorts of hints about historical events, local history, court and legal notices, obituaries, and much more. A Name Index to Early Texas Newspapers has been created. It covers names found in newspapers from 1830 to 1885. The University of Texas Library in Austin is home to the original card file index for it. Copies can also be found at various repositories around the state on 43 rolls of microfilm. The data included features newspaper titles, names, dates, and other information about the listings.

  • Texas Newspapers Directory Listings (onlinenewspapers.com)
  • Historical Newspapers from Texas (1813 - 1993) (genealogybank.com) Immediately find names and keywords / phrases in over 450 million publications, obituaries, marriage announcements, birth notices and also other items written in over 2,800 historical U.S. newspapers. Brand new articles and other content added on a monthly basis!
  • Texas Newspaper List (usnpl.com)
  • Texas Methodist Newspaper Abstracts (17 April 1850–17 Sept. 1881). 4 vols. Dallas: H. Lu, 1987. Also on microfiche.
  • Genealogical Abstracts from Central Texas Newspapers, 1885–1899. Temple, Tex.: the author, 1987.
  • Genealogical Abstracts from the Austin Texas State Gazette 1849–1859. Temple, Tex.: the author, 1988.
  • Miscellaneous Texas Newspaper Abstracts, 1856–1870. Temple, Tex.: the author, 1988.
  • Early Texas News 1831–1848, Abstracts from Early Texas Newspapers. St. Louis: F. T. Ingmire, 1984.
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