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The Clayton Library 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 visit, call or email the Clayton Library to discuss their family history research project.
African American HeritageThis 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.
Ancestry Library EditionThe in-library version of the Ancestry.com database, one of the largest collections of family history data online. It includes census, vital, military, and immigration records, as well as newspaper articles and city directories.
Findmypast (available at Clayton Library only)Local and national British and Irish genealogical records including parish, census, and military collections and passenger lists. Local English, Welsh, Irish and Scottish records dating back to 1700, including school admissions, workhouse registers, apprenticeship records, and Irish court records. Also includes records from United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, Pacific Islands, and Papua New Guinea..
Fold3This database contains almost 40 million images of primary source materials from the United States Military and other historic archives. Many are available here for the first time.(Note: This resource is temporarily unavailable. Apologies for the inconvenience.)
Genealogy ConnectA collection of e-books that Includes the "how-to" of genealogy research in addition to ancestry information.
HeritageQuest OnlineA comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. It delivers an essential collection of genealogical and historical sources—with coverage dating back to the 1700s—that can help people find their ancestors and discover a place’s past. The collection consists of five core data sets: U.S. Federal Censuses, Genealogy and local history books, Revolutionary War Records, Freedman’s Bank Records, The LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set.
HistoryGeo (available at Clayton Library)Contains land-ownership maps, historical atlases and other content indispensable for recreating frontier neighborhoods and tracking migrations of families across the United States.
HistoryGeo (temporary remote access)Contains land-ownership maps, historical atlases and other content indispensable for recreating frontier communities and tracking migrations of families across the United States. This resource is made available by the Clayton Library Friends
MyHeritageIncludes birth, death and marriage records from 48 countries, the complete U.S. and U.K. censuses, immigration, military and tombstone records and more than 2 billion family tree profiles.
NewspaperArchiveAccess the largest online historic newspaper archive, containing millions of searchable newspaper pages from Texas and the Southeast United States, dating as far back as the 1700s. Includes digital images of issues of the Houston Post (1903-1924), the Daily Court Review (1925-1977), the Galveston Daily News, and many other Texas and out-of-state small-market newspapers. States included are Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida.
NewspaperArchive (for remote users)Access the largest online historic newspaper archive, containing millions of searchable newspaper pages from Texas and the Southeast United States, dating as far back as the 1700s. Includes digital images of issues of the Houston Post (1903-1924), the Daily Court Review (1925-1977), and many other Texas and out-of-state small-market newspapers. States included are Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida.
(*Note: Remote access available to customers with MyLink cards beginning with 77422.... Other cardholders please contact AskHPL@houstontx.gov to request a card number change or call us 832-393-1313.)
Ancestry.com TexasA 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).
Houston Chronicle 2017- (digital microfilm)Searchable recent digital issues of the Houston Chronicle, October 2017-present. Select See Related Sources for recent issues of Houston Community Weeklies and the Houston Chronicle Historical Archive (1901-2017).
Texas Digital Sanborn MapsSanborn 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.