Genealogy & History

Ancestry Library Edition Access from Inside Library

Provides access to a number of genealogical and historical resources, including images of the decennial U.S census from 1790-1930. *This database is available in the library only.

Bibliography of Native North Americans Access from Inside LibraryAccess from Outside Library

Covers all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life. This resource covers a wide range of topics including archaeology, multicultural relations, gaming, governance, legend, and literacy. (Provided by the Texas State Library’s TexShare program.)

Handbook of Texas Access from Inside LibraryAccess from Outside Library

The Handbook of Texas is a multidisciplinary encyclopedia of Texas history, geography, and culture. It comprises more than 23,000 articles on people, places, events, historical themes, institutions, and a host of other topic categories.

Salem History Access from Inside Library Access from Outside Library

Provides access to various volumes from the following reference sets: the Decades series, Encyclopedia of American Immigration, Great Athletes, Great Lives from History, and Milestone Documents. Users can search for specific topics or browse through a list of topics. *If you are outside the library, a password is required to use this database. Please call 281-478-7208 during library hoursfor information.

Texas Digital Sanborn Maps Access from Inside Library Access from Outside Library

Delivers detailed property and land-use records that depict the grid of everyday life in more than 12,000 U.S towns and cities across a century of change.  *If you are outside the library, a user name and password are required to use this database. Please call 281-478-7208 duringlibrary hoursfor information.

Texas Reference Center Access from Inside Library Access from Outside Library

The database is comprised of periodicals, reference books, reports, and other content relevant to the state. Texas Reference Center contains 30 full text periodicals, 100 full text reference books, several Texas newspapers, and much more.

Recommended Websites
Immigration list from America's first immigration point.
Ellis Island
Passenger and immigration lists from America's most famous immigration entry.
Family Echo
Use your research to fill in a web-like family tree.
Family Search
User-friendly genealogy site maintained by the LDS church.
Find a Grave
Cemetery records, photos and forums.
Find My Past
Offers free access to the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), a comprehensive index of articles in historical, genealogical, and ethnic publications.
Galveston Immigration Database
Listing of immigrants through Galveston from the Texas Seaport Museum.
Houston City Directories
Directories from 1866 and 1922 available through Houston Public Library.
Portal to Texas History
A gateway to rare, historical, and primary source materials from or about Texas. From UNT.
USGenWeb Project
National, including TexasGenWeb, resources arranged by county.
Where to Write for Vital Records
A directory of state resources for vital records; from the CDC.