Trace your Texas ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide!
You’ll love this if…
- You’re getting started tracing your ancestors in Texas
- You want new ideas and resources to get past a Texas brick wall
- Your genealogy search is focused mainly on Texas —you don’t need the full State Research Guides collection
Trace your Texas ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide! This four-page download includes:
- a how-to article detailing Texas’ history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
- the best websites, books and other resources for Texas research, handpicked by our editors and experts
- listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
- timeline of key events in the state’s history
- full-color map to put your research in geographical context
Here’s a sampling of the helpful tips you’ll get in the Texas guide:
- When Mexico gained independence from Spain in 1821, Stephen F. Austin and other empresarios negotiated colonization contracts with the Mexican government (the third flag) to settle hundreds of American families in Texas.
- Most marriage records are at the county clerk’s office or on microfilm via TSLAC and the FHL (with searchable indexes at FamilySearch.org).
- In 1899, Texas began authorizing small pensions for indigent or disabled Confederate veterans or their needy widows. An index and instructions for obtaining copies are online…
Plus, each guide contains active web links for one-click access to every recommended online resource. You can view this PDF on your computer and print pages for reference.