Digital images for hundreds of 19th century United States newspapers. Includes The Galveston Daily News (Texas' oldest newspaper) from 1874 until 1897.*
The largest historic newspaper source online containing tens of millions of searchable newspaper pages, dating as far back as the 1700s.
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.*
This database of primary source material contains over two thousand authors and approximately one hundred thousand pages of diaries, letters and memoirs.*
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, together with fifteen thousand photographs.*
The 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.
This collection represents a major portion of Clayton Library's holdings, most of which are not listed in the Houston Public Library Catalog.
Clayton Library has over 3000 genealogy and local history periodical titles. The periodical collection covers most US states and many foreign countries.
This database contains almost 40 million images of primary source materials. Many are available here for the first time.*
Includes the "how-to" of genealogy research in addition to some ancestor information.*
A 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 six core data sets: U.S. Federal Censuses, Genealogy and local history books, Periodical Source Index (PERSI), Revolutionary War Records, Freedman’s Bank Records, The LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set *
We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with remote access to this resource. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please visit any Houston Public Library location to use the in-library version. A 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 six core data sets: U.S. Federal Censuses, Genealogy and local history books, Periodical Source Index (PERSI), Revolutionary War Records, Freedman’s Bank Records, The LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set *
Contains land-ownership maps, historical atlases and other content indispensable for recreating frontier neighborhoods and tracking migrations of families across the United States.
An issue with remote access has been reported. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please visit any of our HPL locations to use this resource.
Includes 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.* (Includes remote access)
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.*
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).
Directory of selected names in cemeteries around the United States and other countries.
Houston Public Library's genealogical collection.
Find contact information for every county government in the United States.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint's links to genealogical resources on the web.
Search for your ancestors among 121 million grave records. Also includes a Famous Grave Search.
Documents the history of the government and the citizens of Harris County as revealed through the county records and donated materials.
Houston City Directories for selected years between 1866 and 1922 are now available through the Houston Public Library Digital Archives.
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 from an ancestor's picture to a rare historical map.
Many sources and links for genealogical researchers.
Network of volunteers working to create a center for genealogical research for every county in the United States.
Links are provided for users who want direct access to individual state and territory information.