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Texas Fast Facts and Key Resources

By Emily Anne Croom Premium

Statehood: 1845

Republic of Texas established: 1836

First federal census:1850

Statewide birth and death records begin:1903

Statewide marriage records begin: 1966

State-land state Counties:254

Contact for vital records: Texas Vital Statistics Department of State Health Services Box 12040 Austin, TX 78711 (888) 963-7111 <>

Web Sites

Cyndi’s List: Texas


Galveston Immigration Database


Gammell’s Laws of Texas, 1822-1911


Handbook of Texas Online


Texas GenWeb Project


Texas Newspaper Project



The Family Tree Resource Book for Genealogists edited by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack and Erin Nevius (Family Tree Books)

The First Census of Texas, 1829-1836 by Marion Day Mullins (National Genealogical Society, out of print)

Genealogical Records in Texas by Imogene Kinard Kennedy and J. Leon Kennedy (Genealogical Publishing Co.)

A Guide to Genealogical Resources in the Texas State Archives by Jean Carefoot (Texas State Library, out of print) A Guide to Texas Research by Joe E. Ericson and Carolyn R. Ericson (Ericson Books)

Lone Star: A History of Texas and the Texans by T.R. Fehrenbach (Da Capo Press)

Research in Texas by Lloyd deWitt Bockstruck (National Genealogical Society)

Libraries and Archives

Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research

5300 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004, (832) 393-2600, <>

Dallas Public Library

1515 Young St., Dallas, TX 75201, (214) 670-1400, <>

Fort Worth Public Library

500 W. Third St., Fort Worth, TX 76102, (817) 871-7701, <>

Houston Public Library, Texas and Local History Department

500 McKinney St., Julia Ideson Building, Houston, TX 77002, (832) 393-1658, <>

NARA Southwest Region

501 W Felix St., Building 1, Fort Worth, TX 76115, (817) 831-5620, <>

Texas General Land Office

1700 N. Congress Ave., Suite 800, Austin, TX 78701, (800) 998-4456, <>

Texas Military Forces Museum

Box 5218, Austin, TX 78763, (512) 782-6967, <>

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711, (512) 463-5480, <>

University of Texas Center for American History

Sid Richardson Hall 2.101,1 University Station D1100, Austin, TX 78712, (512) 495-4515, <>

From the October 2006 issue of Family Tree Magazine.

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