Research in Texas

Research in Texas—an essential guidebook for family historians and genealogistsbegins with a brief review of Texas’s rich history from early exploration and settlement to the Battle of the Alamo. It provides an overview of the major research facilities including the well-known Texas State Library and Archives, the Dallas Public Library, and Houston’s Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research as well as lesser known, but equally important, smaller collections.

Resources for major research categories from atlases, maps, and gazetteers to women are provided. The publication includes a discussion of differences in probate law under the Spanish and Mexican governments and the English common law adopted by the Republic of Texas as well as topics specific to Texas including cattle brands and the Texas Rangers.

Published by NGS, Research in Texas is one volume in the Research in the States series edited by Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FUGA, FVGS. It is available for purchase in the NGS online store in both PDF and print versions.


Kelvin L. Meyers worked at the renowned Dallas Public Library under the tutelage of Lloyd Bockstruck. He is a forensic genealogist and the director of the Texas Institute of Genealogical Research (TIGR) sponsored by the Texas State Genealogical Society.