Following our Ancestors on the Texas Trail – part 2

Part 1 took you to Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston. Here are just a few resources in Austin and San Antonio. There are 254 counties in Texas, all with resources and stories to tell. Watch this site in the coming months for even more hints on researching in Texas and join us in San Antonio to learn more!

AustinTexas State Archives – The Texas State Archives is part of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC).  It is charged with maintaining the official history of Texas government and contains records dating back to the 18th century. The State Archives also provides advice for preservation of book and paper-based collection held by smaller institutions.  Its genealogy collection includes everything from city directories and newspapers to a variety of Texas government records. To review some of the items in its collection, visit the Online Public Access Catalog.

AustinTexas General Land Office – The Texas General Land Office had its beginnings as early as 1838 when John O. Borden began collecting land records from various sources scattered throughout the state. Today the GLO maintains approximately 35 million records dating back to 1720, including 80,000 maps, sketches and plat maps.  Some highlights of the collection include the original Spanish and Mexican land grants, the first draft of the Texas Constitution, rare copies of 1836 muster rolls and military records of Texas heroes, confederate documents including scrip certificates, letters and diaries, and original signatures of Texas patriots such as Sam Houston, Stephen F. Austin and others. The GLO also provides online access to one of the largest collections of land records in the country.

San Antonio Genealogical & Historical Society Library – The SAGHS Library is considered one of the best private repositories of historical and genealogical material in southwest Texas.  The collection includes 16,000+ volumes, periodicals, maps, etc. which are housed in an historic 1926 two-story Mediterranean style ranch house.

San Antonio Public Library, Texana/Genealogy DepartmentTexana/Genealogy Department is located on the sixth floor of the Central San Antonio Public Library. The collection includes 65,000 microfilms, 77,000 books, 150 drawers of archival files, 75 map cabinet drawers and approximately 300 cubic feet of archival collections.

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