Genealogy Resources

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19th Century U. S. Newspapers Digital Archive

Digital facsimile images for hundreds of 19th century U.S. newspapers. Includes The Galveston Daily News from 1874 until 1897 (see listing under Houston, Texas).*

Access Newspaper Archive (In Library Use Only)

The largest historic newspaper source online containing tens of millions of searchable newspaper pages, dating as far back as the 1700s.

African American Heritage

This collection was created in partnership with leading African American genealogists to develop a comprehensive mix of resources, records, and tools specifically pertaining to African Americans...

American Civil War: Research Database

Online resource for researching the soldiers, regiments, and battles of the American Civil War contains indexed, searchable information on over four million soldiers and thousands of battles,...

Ancestry Library Edition (In Library Use Only)

One of the largest collections of family history data online. Ancestry Library Edition is the Ancestry.com database with an interface from Proquest.

Biography and Genealogy Master Index

Index to millions of biographical sketches in thousands of reference books.*

Clayton Microprint

This collection represents a major portion of Clayton Library's holdings, most of which are not listed in the Houston Public Library Catalog.

Clayton Periodical Collection

Clayton Library has over 3000 genealogy and local history periodical titles. The periodical collection covers most US states and many foreign countries.

Fold3 (In Library Use Only)

This database contains almost 40 million images of primary source materials. Many are available here for the first time.

Genealogy Connect

Includes the "how-to" of genealogy research in addition to some ancestor information.*

HeritageQuest Online (Provided by the Texas State Library’s TexShare Program)

U. S. Federal census records and other research materials for tracing family lineages.*

HistoryGeo (Available at Clayton Library Only)

Contains land-ownership maps, historical atlases and other content indispensable for recreating frontier neighborhoods and tracking migrations of families across the United States.

ProQuest Obituaries

Offers more than 10.5 million obituaries and death notices in full-image format from uninterrupted historical archives of top newspapers.*

Texas Digital Sanborn Maps (Provided by the Texas State Library’s TexShare Program)

Sanborn maps are historical large scale plans of a city drawn at a scale of 50 feet to an inch. These maps are used to trace the history and development of cities and are also helpful in...

World Vital Records (Available at Clayton Library Only)

Includes all images and indexes for US censuses 1790-1940. Also contains over 1 billion newspaper articles, full text of modern U.S. newspaper obituaries, and enhanced Social Security Death Index...

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Cemetery Records Online

Directory of selected names in cemeteries around the United States and other countries.

Clayton Genealogical Library

Houston Public Library\'s Genealogical Collection.

Family Search

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint\'s links to genealogical resources on the web.

Harris County Archives

Documents the history of the government and the citizens of Harris County as revealed through the county records and donated materials.

Houston City Directories

Houston City Directories for selected years between 1866 and 1922 are now available through the Houston Public Library Digital Archives.

Portal to Texas History

Digital materials from collections covering the whole gamut of Texas history from prehistory to the present day. Along with all known Republic of Texas Era newspapers, you may discover anything...

RootsWeb

Many sources and links for genealogical researchers.

Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database

The Voyages Database contains records of nearly 35,000 separate slaving voyages between 1514 and 1866, gleaned from original documents and historical publications located in archives, libraries,...

USGenWeb Project

Network of volunteers working to create a center for genealogical research for every county in the United States.

Where to Write for Vital Records

Links are provided for users who want direct access to individual state and territory information.