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Genealogy Resources

Resources for genealogy available in our libraries.

Introduction

This page provides resources available through the UNT Libraries related to researching your Texas ancestors as well as a few online resources devoted specifically to Texas records and history. For general online searching, resources such as Ancestry and Family Search include many Texas resource. Additional information on Texas record searches can be found in this guide on the General Online Sources page and the Introduction/FAQ Page. 

Vital Records

Birth Certificate indexes and images from 1903-1935 and index information only through 1997 are available for free on Family Search. The index is also available on Ancestry Library Edition accessible through the UNT Libraries. Some 1837-1903 county birth records are also available at Family Search. Listed below are print resources available in the UNT Libraries. 

Immigration Records

Many Texas immigration records are available through Ancestry Library Edition (accessible through the UNT Libraries) and Family Search, as listed here on the Family Search Wiki. A few microfilm indexes are available at UNT Libraries which are listed below. Keep in mind, Texas immigrants may have passed through other U.S. cities and towns before settling in Texas.

African-American Records

Many African Americans have difficulty tracing their pre-Civil War ancestry, as there are few records that identify enslaved persons. Genealogy research offers more discoveries post-Civil War. Oral history projects help to tell the stories of formerly enslaved people. 

Newspapers

Newspapers offer a wealth of information for family historians. Newspapers not only offer birth, marriage, and death announcements; they may also include advertisements for businesses, updates of a town's goings-on, and stories of triumphs or information about crimes and arrests, 

Land Records

Probate Records

Available for the counties of Cooke, Montague, Wise, and Denton on microfilm at UNT Libraries and online at Ancestry (searchable), which is at the UNT Libraries, and Family Search (browse only)

Portal to Texas History

The Portal to Texas History provides access to full-text images of numerous newspapers, historical collections, photographs, and other archival materials from museums, historical societies, libraries and related institutions across Texas.

Censuses and Tax Rolls

Texas Census Records

Censuses from 1850-1940 are available online through Ancestry (publicly accessible for free at UNT Libraries), Family Search, and several other sites listed here on the Family Search Wiki.

 

Texas County Tax Rolls

Available on microform at UNT Libraries up to 1910 with the start dates varying by county as well as online through Family Search and Ancestry which is publicly accessible for free at UNT Libraries.   

Military and Law Enforcement Records

Maps and Historical Town Information

Maps can help give you information about where your ancestors lived and provide context for the documents you're discovering. 

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