Resources

Official Resources

Category Resource Info Website Phone
Austin/Travis County
  Asian American Resource Center Resources from an Asian American/Pacific Islander perspective http://ww.austintexas.gov/aarc 512.974.1700
  Austin History Center Archives for Austin and Travis County. Many original records, including Travis County probate minutes, property records.  AHC is the history/genealogy center of the Austin Public Library http://library.austintexas.gov/ahc 512.499.7840
  Briscoe Center for American History/UTexas Archival & Manuscript collections, county histories, newspapers, periodicals http://www.cah.utexas.edu  
  Catholic Diocese Archives of Texas Historical materials pertaining to Catholics in Texas & southwest U.S. Call for appointment 512.476.6296
  Family History Centers (LDS) Call for hours and two locations.  Assistance available for FHC searches   512.892.6483
  George Washington Carver Genealogy  Center The center is an extension of the Carver Museum and is a dominant resource for learning about African American family history.  Call for hours http://www.austintexas.gov/carvermuseum 512.974.4926
  Heritage House Museum Preserves the local Pflugerville history, from the early history of the German families who founded the city,  forward https://library.pflugervilletx.gov/services/heritage-house-museum  
  Lakeway Heritage Center Conserves and promotes the documents, photographs and memorabilia of Lakeway History https//lakeway-tx.gov/a684/Heritage-Center 512.608.9533
  LBJ Presidential Library/UTexas Over 35 million items relating to his rise to the Presidency, Texas history from the 1930’s, landmark civil rights programs,  Vietnam war http://www.lbjlibrary.org/ 512.916.5137 ext. 274
  Manchaca Onion Creek Historical Association Dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of southern Travis County https://wwwmochaonline.org  
  Perry Casteneda Library/UTexas Huge collection of manuscripts, maps, newspapers, periodicals, government papers.  Finding aids useful http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/index.html  
  Pflugerville Public Library The library has multiple resources for genealogy,  ranging from databases to books and programs https://library.pflugervilletxgov/library-hom 512.990.6375
  Save Austin’s Cemetries Preserving Austin cemeteries as local and state cultural resources through documentation, preservation, education https://www.sachhome.org  
  Travis County Archives Documents Travis County governing,  preserves and provides access to essential county records and preserves records of historical value.  Appointment only https://www.traviscounty history.org 512.854.4675
  Travis County Historical Commission Identifies historic sites in Travis County and works collaboratively to maintain and recognize the sites https://www.traviscountytx.gov/historical-commission  
  Texas Department of Vital Records births & deaths (1903-current), marriage and divorce (1968-current) http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/vs/default.shtm 512.458.7711
  Texas General Land Office Texas Homestead claims, land grants back to early 18th century, early Spanish & Texas maps  http://www.glo.texas.gov/ 512.463.5001
  Texas Historical Commission Historical Marker data, maps of historic site. State agency for historical preservation of cemeteries, architectural history, marker date, preservation education http://www.thc.state.tx.us 512.463.6100
  Texas Military Forces Museum at Camp Mabry History of the military forces of the state of Texas. Extensive library and archives http://www.texasmilitaryforcesmuseum.org 512.482.0927
  Texas State Library and Archives Texas archival collections https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ 512.463.5469
Bastrop County
  Bastrop Public Library Family histories, indexes, cemetery records, local newspapers, county vital records. Texana collection of Texas history, lifestyle, culture and peoples http://www.bastroplibrary.org 512.321.5441
  Bastrop Family History Center Call for hours.  Assistance with FHC searches   512.321.3100
Bexar County/San Antonio
  Alamo Complex DRT Library Artifacts and documents of early Texas colonization and Republic of Texas periods, maps, documents, photos, periodicals, newspapers, family papers   210.225.1071
Blanco County/Johnson 
  Blanco County Historical Commission Family Histories, census, newspaper clippings, news articles, old photo collections, journals http://txgenwebcounties.org/blanco/  
Burnet County
  Herman Brown Free Library Vertical Files for surnames and history of Burnet and surrounding counties, printed family histories, federal and Texas census indexes; microfilmed newspapers from 1880s; Texas and Texas counties reference; large collection of other state genealogy reference books. Volunteer assistance by appointment https://hermanbrownlibrary.org/genealogy/ 512.715.5228
  Marble Falls Family History Center Call for hours.  Assistance with FHC searches   830.693.6545
Caldwell County/Luling
  Luling Public Library Vertical files, county & communities books including church, cemetery, family histories, newspapers. Non-Caldwell County records, books & quarterlies. Texas federal census http://www.cityofluling.net/266/Caldwell-Co-Genealogical-and-Historical 830.875.9466
Comal County
  Sophienburg Archives German Museum and Archives includes Comal County Genealogical Society’s Research collection. Collection of personal & public documents http://www.sophienburg.com 830.629.1900
Dallas County/Dallas
  Dallas Public Library Collection is one of the largest in southern US. Represents all states and counties plus Germany, Britain & Canada. Includes vital, census and naturalization records, state & county histories, family histories, passenger lists and heraldry, military. Texas death certificates on microfilm http://dallaslibrary.org/CHS/cgc.htm 214.670.1433
Harris County/Houston
  Clay Library Center for Genealogical Research One of the top genealogy research libraries in the US with holdings of over 35,000 books and over 50,000 microforms. Texas birth and death certificates on microfilm http://www.houstonlibrary.org/clayton-library 832.393.2600
Hays County
  Hays County Historical Commission Hays County history and archives http://www.hayshistoricalcommission.com/ 512-393-2277
  San Marcos Public Library Books, photographs, maps, documents, newspapers and other archival materials related to area history, geography, cultural life, Sanborn maps, city directories, census, county records & indexes  http://www.youseemore.com/SanMarcosrui/ 512.393.8200
  San Marcos Family History Center Call for hours.  Assistance with FHC searches   512.353.8672
Hill/Hillsboro
  Texas Heritage Museum at Hill College Nationally recognized as a Civil War repository. Extensive collection of maps, photographic collections, microfilm and an archive that contains numerous files of soldiers’ letters, diaries and unpublished manuscripts from all Texas wars http://www.hillcollege.edu 254.659.7750
McLennan County/Waco
  Baylor University Libraries System of eight libraries with variety of subjects. Includes Carroll Library with Texas collection, regional repository for central Texas county records indexes http://www.baylor.edu/lib/splash.php 254.710.2112
  West Waco Library/Genealogy Center Extensive genealogy collection Waco McLennan County Library 254.750.5945
Tarrant County/Ft. Worth
  Ft. Worth Library Emphasis is on the southern and midwestern states and the thirteen original states, although most of the US is represented.  The collection includes over 40,000 volumes, 9,500 rolls of microfilm http://fortworthtexas.gov/library/genealogy/ 817.392.7740
  National Archives at Ft. Worth Requires a researcher card available at visit with ID.  Closed on weekends and holidays https://www.archives.gov/fort-worth 817-551-2051
Williamson County
  Georgetown Family History Center Call for hours.  Assistance with FHC searches   512.863-8221
  Round Rock Family History Center Call for hours.  Assistance with FHC searches   512.388.1160
  Georgetown Public Library Local history and genealogy section includes newspapers and census on microfilm https://library.georgetown.org 512.930.3551
  Round Rock Public Library Genealogy librarian. Williamson County Genealogical Society collection – surname files, county records and indexes, federal census, family histories, cemetery books, PC dedicated to genealogy databases & CDs.  Multiple general genealogy resources http://www.roundrocktexas.gov/library 512.218.7000
  Southwestern University Texana collection, county histories http://www.southwestern.edu/library 512.863.1563
  Ancestry.com Largest private online genealogy database.  Subscription https://www.ancestry.com  
  Austin American Statesman Archives Database includes searchable articles from the newspaper for the years 1871-1978. Articles display in PDF format https://library.austintexas.gov/database/austin-american-statesman-historical  
  Austin Seminary Archives History of the Austin Presbyterian Seminary,  other genealogical resources, history of Mexican-American congregations in Texas AustinSeminary.edu/archives  
  Black Diaspora Archive (BDA) Started in 2015,  the BDA collects documentary, audiovisual, digital and artistic works related to the Black Diaspora of the Americas and Caribbean    
  Chronicling America Information about historic newspapers,  produced by the national Digital Newspaper Program,  the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress  https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/  
  Cyndi’s List A cross-categorized index to hundreds of thousands of sites for genealogical research.  Free https://www.cyndislist.com/  
  Daughters of the American Revolution A deep database chronicling the ancestry of the one million DAR members. Most information is public;  some is available only to members https://www.dar.org  
  Daughters of the Republic of Texas Museum centered on the Republic of Texas period (1836-1846), DRT applications & related documents from 1891 forward. Admission fee http://www.drtinfo.org/  
  Descendants of Mexican War Veterans A national lineage society for descendants of both regular and volunteer officers, enlisted men, and civilian employees of the United States Army http://www.dmwv.org/index.htm  
  FamilySearch FamilySearch is the largest non-commercial database on the internet with multimillions of genealogical records.  Free.  Maintains a universal tree undergoing constant correction and addition.  Also offers a wealth of how-to’s  https://www.familysearch.org/en/  
  Family Tree DNA FTDNA was the first to deliver consumer DNA testing; a wide variety of tests are available.  FTDNA also maintains a large archive of Family DNA groups https://www.familytreedna.com/  
  Family Tree Magazine Free Genealogy Forms More than 60 pdf forms to fill in.  Cheat sheets and ebooks https://www.familytreedna.com/  
  Findagrave Findagrave is a database of millions of cemetery records,  many of memorials with photos.  It is owned by Ancestry but is free https://www.findagrave.com/  
  Findmypast International subscription database with British and Irish records. https://www.findmypast.com/  
  Freedmen’s Bureau Project A volunteer project to make the records of more than four million African American Civil War era searchable. Nearly two million names are already searchable http://www.discoverfreedmen.org/  
  German Texas Heritage Society Focus on German and German-Texan workshops, journal queries, books, periodicals, early German newspapers, and translations http://germantexans.org/  
  Heritage Quest Available through the Austin Public Library.   Includes censuses from 1790 to 1930,  22,00 full-text family histories,  and PERSI.  Also include Revolutionary War pension and land files,  Freedman’s Bank Records and more than 250 primary source documents http://library.austintexas.gov/database/heritagequest-online  
  Association of Professional Genealogists,  Lone Star Chapter Provides education and support for genealogy researchers and works to improve access,  facilitate research and preserve records https://lonestarapg.com/index.html 903.345.4150
  My Heritage A rapidly growing alternative to Ancestry where you can build a family tree,  mine over six billion records, and make DNA matches. Subscription https://www.myheritage.com/  
  PERSI Periodical Source Index owned by FIndmypast, PERSI is a massive genealogical and local history subject index, run by the staff at the Allen County Library.  Index is free.  Images have charge  https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/periodical-source-index  
  National Archives (NARA) Massive database of national records, including census, military, immigration, naturalization and land https://www.archives.gov/research/genealogy/start-research  
  Portal to Texas History Leverages the power of hundreds of content partners across the state to a growing collection of Texas resources https://texashistory.unt.edu/  
  RootsWeb Free genealogy community using forums, mailing lists and other resources to help searchers. Users can upload files for others to search https://rootsweb.com  
  Somos Primos Publication dedicated to Hispanic heritage issues.  All volunteer-run http://somosprimos.com/  
  Sons of the Republic of Texas A lineage society dedicated to perpetuating the memory of the founding families and soldiers of the Republic of Texas http://www.srttexas.org/about.html 979.245.6644
  Statue of Liberty — Ellis Island Database Database for immigrants who entered the US through the Port of NewYork and Ellis Island 1892-1957 https://www.libertyellisfoundation.org/passenger  
  Swedes in Texas Source listing for exploration of Swedish Texan history http:www.swedesintexas  
  Tejano Society of Austin Non-profit that specializes in Hispanic genealogy and research.  Monthly meetings to share knowledge http://tgsaustin.org  
  Texas Handbook Online Multiple subject categories and categories from the Texas State Historical Association. Entire history of Texas from indigenous populations to the Modern Age.  Continually updated https://tshaonline.org/handbook/search  
  Texas State Genealogical Society Statewide genealogical society with resources and conferences https://www.txsgs.org/  
  TXGenWeb All-volunteer effort with county webpages detailing tips, databases, surnames, local histories and more http://wwwtxgenweb.org