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Harris County-Related Resources

1. Clayton Library, Center for Genealogical Research The Clayton Library, a branch of the Houston Public Library, is located at 5300 Caroline, Houston, 77004-6896 in the museum district, one mile north of the Texas Medical Center. It has free, lighted parking and Is amply equipped with copy machines, microfilm readers, electronic "card catalog" terminals and several computers for LDS Ancestral File and various other CD ROM searches. The library collection, totally dedicated to genealogy and family history, consists of over 60,000 books, 61,000 microfiche, 46,000 rolls of microfilm, plus many thousands of periodicals, maps, finding aids and miscellaneous papers all for on-site research. Since the collection does not circulate, Inter-library loans are not permitted.

2. Houston National Cemetery

3. Houston Public Library: Texas Room resources. The Library uses "DialCat" to allow holders of Houston Public Library cards to access the library catalog and many databases. For more information visit Dial Cat and go to "Library Catalog".

4. Clayton Library Friends Clayton Library Friends support the enrichment of the resources and facilities of Clayton Library.

5. Texas Online

6. Texas Death Records

7. The Houston Chronicle newspaper publishes a genealogical column each Saturday written by genealogist Mic Barnette whose webpage has about the last six months of his back columns on file, some of which listed local genealogy courses and instructors.

8. The Houston Chronicle

9. Harris County Obituaries
(a). The obituary name and the exact date of death must be known..
(b). The Houston Public Library Texas and Local History Department has on microfiche the Index to Texas Death Certificates. The indexed names are in a series of alphabets grouped by years: 1903-1940, 1941-1945, 1946-1955 and annually thereafter to 1995. It is better to give the year, and hopefully the month, for a search after 1940. Such a date of death search can be requested via the HPL Interactive procedure using the Email Reference Form at HPL Interactive . Once the obituary name and date are known, submit an e-mail request, as above, for the staff to search the newspaper archives to find the obituary (or you may call the Biographic Information Center at (713) 236-1313.) They will only search a three day period; not an entire month or year. See Houston Public Library answers for further information.
(c). We understand that the MAIN Houston library has both the Houston Post and the Houston Chronicle on microfilm (since their inception) for personal inspection and copying.

10. Social Security Death Index

11. The Texas State Electronic Library
(a). City of Houston
(b). Harris County government
(c). Texas Confederate Pension Records

12. Cyndi's List of Texas Genealogy Sites

13. Maps:
(a). On-line maps by AniMap
(b). USGS topographic maps: Gaylord Stickle Co., 2715 Bissonnet, Suite 205, Houston, TX 77005 (713) - 529-8471.
(c). USGS Maps
(d). Downloadable Maps

14. TXGenWeb Archives, Houston Newspaper Probate Notices 1839-1844; Tax List Sep. 1839; Marriage Notices 1839-1844; Obituaries 1839-1844; Harris County, Texas

15. "Harris County Clerk's office is at 1001 Preston St., Houston, TX 77002-1816 (713/755-6405).
Mailing address is:
BEVERLY KAUFMAN
HARRIS COUNTY CLERK
P.O. BOX 1525
HOUSTON, TEXAS 77251-1525
Copies of Marriage Licenses are ordered from the Harris County Clerk.
The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, UT has some marriage, death, cemetery, civil court, land, naturalization and probate records on microfilm." City of Houston Municipal court; Harris County Civil & Criminal District court; State Appellate court or Federal Appellate or Bankruptcy court records are commercially available from Court Record Research, Inc.

16. Texas Historic Newspaper Collection,The Center of American History, Austin, Texas

17. More On-Line Genealogy Links

18. Index to Texas County records. Texas State Archives

19. Texas Historical Markers and Historic places on the National Register. Searchable by county.

20. The New Handbook of Texas

21. The Genealogy Gateway

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