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Welcome to Harris County Family History and Genealogy.

 
       

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elcome to the Harris County, Texas - Family History and Genealogy web site.  Howdy.  My name is Douglas Anderson, and I am your volunteer host and coordinator. This is a non-commercial, Free Access web site, a part of the TXGenWeb Project and the USGenWeb Project.  

     

     This web site is currently being hosted by RootsWeb, on their servers, and  is totally supported by volunteers and patrons like yourself, who contribute family history information pertaining to Harris County, Texas.  I am graciously thankful for Ms. Rosanna Urban Parra, Mr. Linwood Peterson, Mr. Ben Gantt, and the late Doug Benton (founder), past host and coordinators, for all of their contributions and hard work for the Harris County web site.  Harris County is a big place and they all spent many hours volunteering to make it a better place for family researchers.  They certainly have my admiration.  If you would like to contribute please contact me.  And remember, aside from your local friendly library, the best place to get help and direction is on the RootsWeb TXHARRIS-L or -D  Mail List and the Harris County Query Boards, both available for FREE and on this page (below).  Thank you for visiting us and stop back by regularly for new changes.   Sincerely, Douglas Anderson

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     Pictures: circa 1891 Harris County Courthouse (top and lower left);  circa 1912 Harris County Courthouse (lower right).
 
 
 

Welcome. You are the  visitor to the Harris County, Texas Family History and Genealogy Web Site since March 19, 1998.  This site was last updatedJuly 28, 2014.


 
 

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Vital Records Information (births, marriages, divorce, deaths, TX Death Index, SSI)

Naturalization Related Records of Harris County

 

Family History and Genealogy Tools (Language Translation, Colonial Spanish words and phrases, weights and measures, land descriptions, and more.)

Immigration Related Information (Galveston Search Engine, Passenger List, Seaport Museum.... Back On Line )

Military and Government Service Related Records  exhibits Harris County, Texas Military Records and Indexes, including information related to the Revolutionary War; War of 1812; The Texas Revolution; the War Between the States (Civil War); World War I; World War II; the Korean Conflict (Korean War); the Vietnam Conflict (Vietnam War); and additional finding and help information.  An exhibit with excellent potential as a starting point for researching Harris County Military, Texas Military, Houston Military and other cities of Harris County, Texas.

Libraries and Library Information  (Houston Public Library, Clayton Library for Genealogical Research, Texas Room, College and University, Harris County, Pasadena, HISD Libraries and more...)

Harris County Census Related Records-Index  (To Volunteer for indexing or to transcribe all or part of a Harris County Census, please contact me.)

Harris County Educational Information Page (Includes Alumni Associations for most Harris County High Schools, Colleges and Universities) 

Harris County Courts and Records Information

  Bible Records - Vital Records Section (LOOK inside your old family Bibles, you may be surprised what you may find, births, marriages, deaths, etc. Submit your Bible records now. Contact me for details.)

Government and Government Related Information   Harris County Clerk's Office

Religious Resources and Information Page (Churches, Buddhist Temples, Mosques, and Synagogues)

Newspapers and Newspaper Information Relating to Harris County, Texas

Death Notices and Obituaries  (Search engines and obituaries)

Harris County Queries - Refer to the Query Box below.

Computer Information, Software and Tools (Many Free Software Applications)

Mail List of Harris County, Texas and Others (Refer to Mail List Box below.)

Families of Harris County

Genealogical Societies and Organizations Relating to Harris County, Texas (If yours is not listed, or you know one, well....more to come... {: >)

Harris County Archives and Repositories Page

Places, Communities, Towns, and Cities of Harris County, Texas

Search Engines (More to come....)

Books Related to Harris County, Texas

Harris County Maps Resource Page

Harris County Lookups (Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness, RootsWeb Books We Own, Genealogy LookUp Forum...)

Harris County-Related Resources 

Forms and Charts

Harris County Information 

Histories Related to Harris County, Texas

Surname Information (much more to come....)

Land and Related Information of Harris County, Texas (Also, Harris County Early Texas Land Grants-Grantee Sort)

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Harris County, Texas

    Harris County is a Southeastern Texas county. Harris County was named for John Richardson Harris, who first arrived in this area in 1824. He settled on land at the junction of Bray's and Buffalo bayous (now a part of Houston). In 1825 the city of Harrisburg was laid out. On December 30, 1835, the General Council created the Harrisburg Municipality and designated the town as the seat of its government. On April 21, 1836 the Battle of San Jacinto was fought in what is now Harris County. This was the deciding battle of the war between what would become the Republic of Texas and Mexico. In 1836 the name of the area was changed to Harrisburg County. In 1839 the name was again changed to Harris County.
    Today, Harris County is a vibrant part of the 10th largest metropolitan statistical area (seven counties) in the US with 3.7 million people. Houston, the largest city in the area and fourth largest city in the U.S., has a population of 1.6 million and is the county seat. Its port is the second busiest in the country. Fifty-eight foreign governments maintain consular offices in Houston; the fifth largest consular corps in the nation.
    Houston is home to the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical complex in the world. The 14 hospitals in the complex are world leaders in cancer and heart research. Houston is the energy capital of the U. S. and a center for biotechnology. Harris County is the home of NASA. All space flights are controlled from the Johnson Space Center, south of Houston.
    Houston is a major cultural center and one of a handful of U.S. cities with resident companies in opera, theater, symphony and ballet. There are ten colleges and universities and 36 museums in Harris County.
    The Houston Public Library system is one of the largest in the country and the Clayton Center for Genealogical Research, with one of the premier collections of genealogy materials in the nation, is a part of that library system.
    Harris County has 41 cities, many of which have libraries with genealogy materials. Harris County is an active place for genealogists with many active genealogical societies.

 

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Harris County Courthouse circa 1891

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Harris County Courthouse circa 1912

 

 

 
     

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