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Wednesday, 02/01 all locations will open at 12PM due to staff training. Please browse our Digital Library for access to free e-Resources!
Genealogy & Family History Research
The Family History Research Center at the Clayton Library Campus houses an international collection of family history research materials in book, microprint, and online formats. Staff provide personalized assistance by offering resource recommendations and strategies to help accomplish research goals. Beginning and seasoned researchers are invited to explore their family history research project.
A vast collection of digitized documents related to Texas government and history from the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building in Austin and the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center in Liberty. **Note: Free access to the records that have been digitized by Ancestry is available to Texas residents courtesy of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Users are required to create a free Ancestry.com Texas account (instructions at the bottom of the website's homepage).
Searchable recent digital issues of the Houston Chronicle, October 2017-present. Select See Related Sources for recent issues of Houston Community Weeklies (90-day embargo) and the Houston Chronicle Historical Archive (1901-2017).
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 genealogical and historical research. Select Texas from the State menu to begin your search.
Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1777-1963 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
Find the graves of ancestors, create virtual memorials or add photos, virtual flowers and a note to a loved one's memorial. Search or browse cemeteries and grave records for every-day and famous people from around the world.
The USGenWeb Project ® was established in 1996 by a group of genealogists who shared a desire to create free online resources for genealogical research. Originally beginning with online directories of text-based resources, their vision has grown into a network of over 3000 linked websites, all individually created and maintained by a community of volunteers. Today you may find a variety of unique county and state resources including photos, maps, transcriptions, historical documents, helpful links, and much more.