Ruth's Genealogy

“I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.” -Abraham Lincoln

52-Weeks-AbundantWhat is your favorite state or province for genealogical research? Who is most generous with their records? How has this helped your family history research? Share with others your tips and tricks for researching in this location.

I live in Texas, I have a bunch of ancestors who lived and died in Texas, and Texas is what I know best. So here are my favorite and most helpful (and FREE) Texas genealogy sites:

  1. Texas General Land Office– “With approximately 35 million records dating back to 1720, including approximately 80,000 maps, sketches and plat maps, the present-day Archives collection continues to serve as the repository for the history of Texas land.  Forming the foundation of all private land ownership in Texas, the maps and documents of the Archives are still used today by researchers, surveyors, genealogists and students of Texas history.”
  2. Texas Adjutant General Service Records 1836-1935– “Searchable index to records related to individual service in a Texas military unit, including both official service record files from the Adjutant General’s Office and alphabetical files created by other agencies.”
  3. Republic Claims– “Searchable index of Comptroller’s records submitted by citizens to the Republic of Texas government from 1835 -1846, including claims for payment, reimbursement, or restitution. It also includes records relating to Republic pensions and claims against the Republic submitted as public debt claims after 1846.”
  4. Texas Physicians Historical Biographical Database-” The Texas Physicians Database consists of citations to biographical information related to early Texas physicians from the Texas State Journal of Medicine for 1905-1966. Most of these are one-line death notices, rather than extensive obituaries, and so they were not indexed in standard sources such as Index Medicus. Additional citations from other sources range in date from the 1870’s to 1966, and include early Texas medical journals such as the Texas Courier-Record of Medicine, Polk’s Directories, Texas newspapers and assorted histories of Texas.”
  5. The Portal to Texas History– “The Portal is a gateway to Texas history materials. You may discover anything from an ancestor’s picture to a rare historical map. From prehistory to the present day, you can explore unique collections from Texas libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, genealogical societies, and private family collections. The Portal continues to grow as additional partners contribute digital versions of their collections. We hope you’ll return often to discover our latest additions.”
  6. The Handbook of Texas Online– “The New Handbook of Texas is a multidisciplinary encyclopedia of Texas history, geography, and culture. It comprises more than 25,000 articles on people, places, events, historical themes, institutions, and a host of other topic categories. The scope is broad and inclusive, designed to provide readers with concise, authoritative, and accessible articles that provide factual, nonpartisan accounts on virtually every aspect of Texas history and culture.”
  7. Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection– “The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection is a general collection of more than 250,000 maps covering all areas of the world.”
  8. FamilySearch (Texas records)-
    Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio Cemetery Records, 1893-2007 Browse Images 5 Nov 2011
    Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1935 1,751,776 27 Sep 2012
    Texas, Birth Index, 1903-1997 17,102,198 19 Feb 2012
    Texas, Births and Christenings, 1840-1981 515,974 26 Mar 2012
    Texas, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865 956,501 21 Apr 2012
    Texas, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865 33,955 21 Apr 2012
    Texas, Coleman County Records, 1849-2008 Browse Images 14 Oct 2012
    Texas, Comanche County Records, 1858-1955 Browse Images 30 Aug 2012
    Texas, Concho County Records, 1849-2008 Browse Images 14 Oct 2012
    Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977 365,805 29 Dec 2011
    Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910 1,209,864 5 Jun 2012
    Texas, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Membership Applications, 1892-2010 Browse Images 5 Nov 2012
    Texas, Death Index, 1903-2000 7,255,830 14 Nov 2011
    Texas, Death Index, 1964-1998 4,113,934 29 Mar 2010
    Texas, Deaths (New Index, New Images), 1890-1976 4,543,234 11 Aug 2012
    Texas, Deaths and Burials, 1903-1973 271,140 7 May 2010
    Texas, Deaths, 1890-1976 4,281,854 8 Dec 2011
    Texas, Deaths, 1977-1986 108,598 27 Nov 2012
    Texas, Divorce Index, 1968-2010 3,599,300 16 Jun 2012
    Texas, Eagle Pass Arrival Manifests and Indexes, 1905-1954 Browse Images 20 Jun 2011
    Texas, Eastland County Records, 1868-1949 Browse Images 23 Oct 2012
    Texas, Gonzalez de la Garza Genealogy Collection Browse Images 23 Nov 2011
    Texas, Houston, Historic Hollywood Cemetery Records, 1895-2008 Browse Images 17 Nov 2012
    Texas, Laredo Arrival Manifests, 1903-1955 Browse Images 27 Sep 2012
    Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973 2,099,675 5 Mar 2012
    Texas, Marriages, 1966-2010 7,606,159 16 Jun 2012
    Texas, Matagorda County, School Census Records, 1923-1946 Browse Images 7 Nov 2011
    Texas, Mills County Clerk Records, 1841-1985 Browse Images 9 Mar 2011
    Texas, Naturalization Records, 1906-1989 Browse Images 14 Oct 2012
    Texas, Nolan County, Civil Court Minutes and Case Files, 1881-1938 Browse Images 10 Nov 2011
    Texas, Probate Records, 1800-1990


52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your thoughts on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

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