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Research Center

The Research Center is a list of selected libraries in the Houston Metro Area with significant genealogical & family history resources. They offer free access to genealogy related databases. Included in this listing is selected One Stop Shop genealogy websites to support your research.

Perpetual Calendar

Perpetual Yearly Calendar - Thanks to Debra

Death Indexes

Houston Informer Index of Deaths 1916 - 1969

Selected Libraries

bullet Houston Public Library (HPL)
Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
5300 Caroline
Houston, Texas 77004
Voice: 839.393.2600
Resources:  Clayton is the fourth largest genealogy library in the United States.
It houses most conventional genealogical resources such as Federal census records (all States), city directories, birth/death indexes, estate records, wills, deeds, newspapers, handbooks, guides, databases and much more.
Resources via Internet: As a TexShare member, HPL provides free access to a number of genealogical resources, including HeritageQuest Online (ProQuest), where you can search U.S. Federal Census records and other family history materials.   Note: Remote access is available for those who have an HPL PowerCard.
bullet Houston Public Library (HPL)
Central Library
Julia Ideson Building
Texas Room and Archives

500 McKinney
Houston, Texas 77002
Voice: 839.393.1313
Resources:  The Texas Room and Archives are excellent resources for tapping local history as well as Texas history in general.
bullet Robert James Terry Library (RJT)
Houston, Texas 77004
Voice: 713.313.
Resources:  Heartman is reputedly the largest repository of people of African descent located in the southwestern United States.  Among its extensive holdings are original slave narratives, rare books, local history, and an impressive manuscript collection. Heartman also oversees the African Art Gallery, Barbara Jordan papers, University Archives, and more.  Heartman has recently released its Texas Slave Trade Series, 1818-1886 on microfilm which contains names of hundreds slaves, slave owners, bills of sale and more.   The Guide to the Texas Slave Trade Series is now available through Kathryn Morrow Research.
Research Tools via Internet:  RJT is also a TexShare member and provides public access to its databases via campus network. Note: Remote access is available to TSU students, faculty, and staff only.

Thurgood Marshall School of Law Library (TMSLL)
Special Collections
Texas Southern University
3100 Cleburne
Houston, Texas 77004
Voice: 713.313.1978
Email: obabatunde@tmslaw.tsu.edu
Resources: TMSLL Special Collections  boast several resources with genealogical value such as Freedmenís Bureau materials, U.S. Colored Troops, Ante-Bellum plantation records, National Negro Business League, Writerís Project Administration, State Slavery Statutes, abolitionist papers, Texas Voter Registration List, index to Texas birth/death records, census indexes (CD-ROM), census records (Harris County), slave schedules, handbooks, guides and other conventional genealogical materials.
Resources via Internet: The Digital Serial Set within the CIS Congressional Universe collection of databases is an overlooked resource that has tremendous genealogical value.   It is especially useful for researching state history.  It references hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of names from well known legislatures to the average American citizen.  CIS Congressional Universe is available to the public via local network; remote access is available to TSU students, faculty, staff and TexShare Card holders who have Law Library accounts. As a TexShare member, the public can also access HeritageQuest Online through the Law Library local network.

One Stop Shop Genealogy Websites


AAHGS: Founded in 1977, The Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society (AAHGS) is the premier institution for African American family history and genealogical research.  AAHGS is a leader in scholarly research as it relates to African ancestry genealogy, family history, and culture in the Americas. 


AfriGeneas: AfriGeneas is the gateway to ďAfrican AncestoredĒ genealogy & family history regardless of geographic location or research level.  It is an excellent place to start, especially for beginners. 


AAGSNC: Since its founding in 1999, the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California (AAGSNC) has been on the cutting edge of e-genealogy.  Its wealth of resources touches all aspects of African American genealogical and historical research. 


Cindiís List: Cindiís List, like AfriGeneas, is a great starting point for Afro-genealogy.  It is well indexed and connects the researcher to broad subject areas and specific resources that are sure to support your research endeavors.


National Genealogical Society: Considered the premier national society for genealogy and family history, NGS was founded in 1903.  It is the flagship institution for genealogy and family history with emphasis on the educational, ethical, and scholarly endeavors within the field. 


RootsWeb.com: RootsWeb.com is clearly the oldest e-genealogy website on the Internet to date.  It is truly a portal to the vast, growing universe of genealogical and family history research from all angles.  RootsWeb is a comprehensive genealogical website and has a place for all people interested in researching their family history. 


FamilySearch.org: FamilySearch.org is a resource of LDS (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints).  LDS a seasoned pioneer in the area of genealogy and family history.  It has the largest collection on this subject matter in the world.  LDS is also a decisive leader in genealogy computing and software development.  LDS offers resources specific to African Americans and has local Family History Centers where you can tap its vast collection.

bullet African American Resources
bullet Locate a Family History Center (Houston Area)

The Red River Sankofa Project The Red River Sankofa Project seeks to research, document and preserve underreported African American burial grounds in NW Louisiana and NE Texas.


Red River Sankofa Historical Society Red River Sankofa Historical Society seeks to enhance and promote awareness of the accomplishments and contributions of people of African descent as organic and essential components of larger communities within Northwest Louisiana & Northeast Texas.


How to Search Obituaries to Find Ancestors and Trace Your Family Tree!


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