Texas Goals:  1: Research and Records   2: Archives and Libraries   3: Vital and Census Records   4: Church and Cemetery Records   5: Emigration and Immigration   6: Military Records   7: Probate, Land and Court   8: Maps and Gazetteers   9: Newspapers   10: Websites   11: Search Records   12: Get Help       





U.S.—Texas

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Goal 1: Learn about Texas research and records.


Choices

A. Get started with research for your Texas ancestors.

Summary
  1. Learn about basic Texas research strategies.
    FS—Basic Texas Research Tips and Strategies
  2. Explore resources for Texas research on Ancestry.
    AC—Texas Resources
  3. Study the Ancestry State Guide for Texas research.
    AC—Texas State Research Guide, 5 pgs.
  4. Use the Texas Record Selection Table to decide on records to search.
    FS—Texas Record Selection Table
  5. For African American research, study the Texas state page on FamilySearch.
    FS—African American Resources for Texas




Goal 2: Learn about Texas archives and libraries.


Choices

A. Learn about Texas archives and libraries.

Summary
  1. Learn about Texas archives and libraries in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Texas Archives and Libraries
    | AC—Wiki: Texas Archives, Libraries, and Societies
  2. Explore the Texas state archives.
  3. Explore the Portal to Texas History site.
  4. Explore the State Archives and Libraries site for Texas.
  5. Explore Texas Dept. of Archives collection.
  6. Explore the Books We Own site for Texas genealogy publications. Volunteers may be available for lookup services.
  7. Search for free online books on Texas research on the FamilySearch site.
  8. Explore historical photo resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.

B. Learn about Texas city directories.

Summary
  1. Learn about Texas city directories in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Texas Directories
  2. Explore Texas city directories.
  3. Find out more about city directories in this research guide from Ancestry.
    AC—Six Things to Find—3 pgs.
  4. Explore Texas city directories on the Ancestry site.
  5. Explore Texas historical directories by county.
  6. Explore additional links for Texas city directories records on the LDSGenealogy site.



Goal 3: Learn about Texas vital records.


Choices

A. Learn about Texas vital records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Texas vital records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Texas Vital Records
    | AC—Wiki: Texas Vital Records
  2. Explore links for vital records on the Texas Public Health site.
  3. Search for online Texas vital records and find addresses for state offices to write to for records.
  4. Explore Texas birth, marriage, and death records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Learn about the Texas Birth Index in this Ancestry video.
    FS—Wiki: Texas Vital Records
  6. Explore Texas birth certificate records on the Birth-Certificates.net site.
  7. Explore additional links for Texas vital records on the Linkpendium site.
  8. Explore additional links for Texas birth records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B. Explore Texas marriage and death records.

Summary
  1. Learn how to find Texas marriage records with FamilySearch.
  2. Explore links for Texas marriage records.
  3. Explore additional links for Texas marriage records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  4. Explore the Ancestors at Rest site for Texas death records.
  5. Explore the ObituariesHelp site for Texas obituaries.
  6. Find additional resources for Texas obituaries on the Linkpendium site.
  7. Explore Texas death records, indexes, and obituaries.
  8. Explore additional links for Texas death records on the LDSGenealogy site.

C. Explore Texas census and voter records.

Summary
  1. Get an overview of Texas censuses in this article.
    FS—Texas Census
  2. Learn about Texas census records.
    Census Records for Texas
  3. Explore the MyFreeCensus site for Texas state and county census records.
  4. Explore additional links for Texas census records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  5. Explore Texas census records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  6. Learn about Texas voting registers in this article.
    FS—Texas Voting Registers



Goal 4: Learn about Texas church and cemetery records.


Choices

A. Learn about Texas church records.

Summary
  1. Get an overview of Texas church records in this article.
    FS—Texas Church Records
  2. Learn about Texas church records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Texas Church Records
  3. Explore additional links for Texas church records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B. Explore Texas cemetery records.

Summary
  1. Explore Texas cemetery records in this article.
    FS—Texas Cemetery Records
  2. Browse the Interment.net site for Texas cemetery records.
  3. Search for Texas cemetery records online.
  4. Explore Texas cemetery records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Explore the Tombstone Transcription Project on the U.S. GenWeb site.
  6. Search the FindaGrave site for cemetery records.
  7. Search the BillionGraves site for cemetery records.
  8. See additional cemetery resources on the Texas Linkpendium site.
  9. Explore additional links for Texas cemetery records on the LDSGenealogy site.





Goal 5: Learn about Texas emigration and immigration.


Choices

A. Learn about Texas emigration and immigration.

Summary
  1. Learn about Texas emigration and immigration in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Texas Emigration and Immigration
  2. Learn about Texas migration routes in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Texas Migration
  3. Explore additional links for Texas immigration records on the LDSGenealogy site.



Goal 6: Learn about Texas military records.


Choices

A. Learn about Texas military records.

Summary
  1. Get an introduction to Texas military records.
    Texas Military Records
  2. Learn about Texas military records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Texas Military Records
  3. Explore Texas military records on the AccessGenealogy site (scroll down).
  4. Explore Texas military records on the Linkpendium site.
  5. Explore additional links for Texas military records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  6. Explore Texas military resources on Cyndi's List.



Goal 7: Learn about Texas probate, land, and court records.


Choices

A. Learn about Texas probate, land and court records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Texas probate records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Texas Probate Records
    | AC—Wiki: Texas Probate Records
  2. Learn about Texas land and property records.
    FS—Texas Land and Property Records
  3. Learn about Texas land records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Texas Land Records
  4. Explore additional links for Texas probate records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  5. Explore additional links for Texas land records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B. Learn about Texas court records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Texas court records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Texas Court Records
  2. Learn about Texas court records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: Texas Court Records



Goal 8: Learn about Texas maps and gazetteers.


Choices

A. Learn about Texas maps and gazetteers.

Summary
  1. Learn about Texas maps in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Texas Maps
  2. Learn about Texas maps in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: Texas Maps
  3. Learn about Texas gazetteers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Texas Gazetteers

B. Explore Texas maps and gazetteers.

  1. Explore the David Rumsey collection of Texas maps.
  2. Explore the Perry-Castaneda site for maps of Texas.
  3. Explore historical Texas maps on the Historic Map Works site.
  4. Explore the Old Maps Online site for Texas maps.




Goal 9: Learn about Texas newspapers.


Choices

A. Learn about Texas newspapers.

Summary
  1. Learn about Texas newspapers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Texas Newspapers
  2. Learn about researching historical Texas newspapers in this tutorial from The Ancestor Hunt.
    Research Free Historical Texas Newspapers—7:57
  3. Learn about Texas newspapers, periodicals, and manuscript collections.
    AC—Wiki: Texas Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscripts

B. Explore Texas newspapers.

Summary
  1. Search for Texas historical newspapers in the Library of Congress collection.
  2. Search Texas newspapers in the onlinenewspapers.com site.
  3. Search Texas newspapers in the world-newspapers.com site.
  4. Search Texas newspapers in the ABYZ News Link site.
  5. Explore Texas newspaper resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.
  6. See additional Texas newspaper resources on the Linkpendium site.
  7. Explore additional links for Texas newspapers and obituaries on the LDSGenealogy site.



Goal 10: Explore additional websites for research.


Choices

A. There are a number of websites with valuable resources for Texas research.

  1. Explore links in Cyndi's List.
  2. Explore links in Linkpendium.
  3. Explore links in Kindred Trails.
  4. Explore links in GenealogyLinks.net.
  5. Explore links in LDSGenealogy.com.



Goal 11: Search records from Texas.


Choices

A Use the QUIKLinks (top of page) or Texas County links (bottom) to quickly search common record collections for Texas.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered on the site or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. In the QUIKLinks, click the link for FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast, or MyHeritage to view the corresponding record collection.
  2. Scroll down near the bottom of this page to see available county records. Click the name of the county for FamilySearch, or A for Ancestry, or L for Linkpendium.

B Explore additional record collections.

  1. In FamilySearch, explore the Texas Online Genealogy Records page for a variety of record collections.
  2. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, or Findmypast), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.



Goal 12: Get help with your Texas research.


Choices

A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. Visit the Texas Genealogy Network page on Facebook.
  2. Visit the Texas Genealogy page on Facebook.
  3. Visit the Texas State Genealogical Society page on Facebook.
  4. Visit the U.S. South Genealogy Research page on Facebook.
  5. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with research for Texas.

B. Join a mailing list or message board for Texas research.

  1. Join the RootsChat forum and post questions about Texas research.
  2. Search the RootsWeb site for Texas research mailing lists.
  3. Explore the Texas research mailing lists on Cyndi's List.
  4. Use the RootsWeb message boards to read or post questions about Texas research.

C. Learn about Texas genealogy societies.

  1. Learn about genealogy societies in Texas in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Texas Societies
  2. Learn about genealogy societies in Texas in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Texas Societies
  3. Explore Texas genealogy society sites on Cyndi's list.




Texas Counties

Name = FamilySearch; A = Ancestry; L = Linkpendium

Anderson    A    L Andrews    L Angelina    A    L Aransas    A    L Archer    L Armstrong    L
Atacosta    L Austin    L Bailey    L Bandera    L Bastrop    L Baylor    L
Bee    A    L Bell    A    L Bexar    A    L Blanco    L Borden    L Bosque    L
Bowle    L Brazoria    A    L Brazos    A    L Brewster    L Briscoe    L Brooks    L
Brown    A    L Burleson    L Burnet    L
Caldwell    A    L Calhoun    L Callahan    L Cameron    A    L Camp    L Carson    L
Cass    L Castro    L Chambers    L
Cherokee    A    L Childress    L Clay    L
CochranL Coke    L Coleman    L Collin    A    L Collingsworth    A    L Colorado    A    L
Comal    L Comanche    L Concho    L
Cooke    L Coryell    A    L Cottle    L Crane    L Crockett    L Crosby    L
Culberson    L Dallam    L Dallas    A    L Dawson    A    L De Witt    L Deaf Smith    A    L
Delta    L Denton    A    L Dickens    L
Dimmit    L Donley    L Duval    L Eastland    A    L Ector    A    L Edwards    L
El Paso    A    L Ellis    L Erath    A    L Falls    A    L Fannin    A    L Fayette    A    L
Fisher    L Floyd    L Foard    L Fort Bend    A    L Franklin    L Firestone    L
Frio    A    L Gaines    L Galveston    A    L
Garza    L Gillespie    L Glasscock    L
Gollad    L Gonzales    A    L Gray    L Grayson    L Gregg    A    L Grimes    A    L
Guadalupe    L Hale    A    L Hall    A    L Hamilton    L Hansford    L Hardeman    L
Hardin    L Harris    A    L Harrison    L Hartley    L Haskell    L Hays    L
Hemphill    L Henderson    A    L Hidalgo    L Hill    A    L Hockley    L Hood    A    L
Hopkins    A    L Houston    L Howard    A    L Hudspeth    L Hunt    A    L Hutchinson    L
Irion    L Jack    L Jackson    L Jasper    L Jeff Davis    L Jefferson    A    L
Jim Hogg    L Jim Wells    L Johnson    A    L Jones    L Karnes    L Kaufman    L
Kendal    L Kennedy    L Kent    L Kerr    A    L Kimble    A    L King    L
Kinney    L Kleburg    A    L Knox    L La Salle    L Lamar    L Lamb    L
Lampasas    L Lavaca    L Lee    A    L Leon    A    L Liberty    A    L Limestone    A    L
Lipscomb    L Live Oak    L Llano    L Loving    L Lubbock    A    L Lynn    L
Madison    L Marion    L Martin    A    L Mason    L Matagorda    A    L Maverick    L
McCulloch    L McLennan    A    L McMullen    A    L Medina    L Menard    L Midland    L
Milam    L Mills    L Mitchell    L Montague    A    L Montgomery    L Moore    L
Morris    L Motley    L Nacodoches    A    L Navarro    A    L Newton    L Nolan    L
Nueces    A    L Ochlitree    L Oldham    L Orange    A    L Palo Pinto    L Panola    A    L
Parker    A    L Parmer    L Pecos    L Polk    A    L Potter    A    L Presidio    L
Rains    L Randall    A    L Reagan    L Real    L Red River    A    L Reeves    L
Refugio    L Roberts    L RobertsonL Rockwall    L Runnels    L Rusk    L
Sabine    L San Augustine    L San Jacinto    A    L San Patricio    A    L San Saba    L Schleicher    A    L
Scurry    L Shackelford    L Shelby    L Sherman    L Smith    L Somervell    L
Starr    L Stephens    L Sterling    L Stonewall    A    L Sutton    L Swisher    L
Tarrant    A    L Taylor    A    L Terrell    L Terry    L Throckmorton    L Titus    L
Tom Green    L Travis    A    L Trinity    L Tyler    L Upshur    A    L Upton    L
Uvalde    L Val Verde    L Van Zandt    A    L Victoria    A    L Walker    L Waller    L
Ward    L Washington    A    L Webb    A    L Wharton    L Wheeler    L Wichita    A    L
Wilbarger    A    L Willacy    L Williamson    A    L Wilson    L Winkler    L Wise    A    L
Wood    L Yoakum    L Young    L Zapata    L Zavala    L


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