Texas Genealogy Resources

Texas flagThe state of Texas has the nickname “The Lone Star State”. Are you searching for more information about your ancestors who once lived in Texas? This blog has links to helpful Texas genealogy resources. The answers you seek might be hiding within at least one of them.

Cyndi’s List might be the most comprehensive list of genealogy resources online. If it exists somewhere on the internet then Cyndi’s List probably has a link to it. They have a page called “United States – Texas”. Select one of the many categories to search through. Some categories include: “Birth, Marriage, Death”, “Census”, “Counties”, “Military”, “Newspapers”, and more!

GeneaLinks has a search engine at the top of their page. Put your ancestor’s first and last name into it. Choose the record type you want to search through: vital, birth, death, marriage, divorce, or “Genealogy”. GeneaLinks has helpful information for genealogists who are new to Texas genealogy. Did you know that the privacy restrictions on vital records in Texas varies depending on the type of record?

Ancestry.com has a page that is filled with links to all of their Texas genealogy collections. In order to access the majority of these collections, you will need to have an Ancestry.com membership. Sometimes, a collection will be offered for free. Return to this page often. Ancestry.com does a great job of making it clear when a record is new, has been updated, or is currently offered for free access.

FamilySearch has a Wiki page that has information about the state of Texas. There is a map that shows all of the counties in Texas. Click on any county to be taken to a FamilySearch Wiki page that is about it. There also is information about major repositories of Texas records. Towards the bottom of the page, you can find links to several other FamilySearch Wiki pages about the collections of Texas records from FamilySearch.

Facebook has a Community page for Texas Genealogy Research. This is a great resource for genealogists who want to connect with other genealogists who are also working on Texas genealogy right now. It is also a good resource for links to FamilySearch collections that are from the state of Texas.

Interment.net has a search engine at the top of its page. Start by putting the first and last name of your ancestor into it. Or, you can start by selecting a link to one of the many counties in Texas. If there is a link, it means that Interment.net has information about records from cemeteries that are located within that county. At a glance, it appears that about half the counties have links.

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