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===Contact Information===
 
===Contact Information===
  
'''E-mail:''' [https://houstonlibrary.org/email-reference Email Reference] Use this form for genealogy and research questions.  
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'''E-mail:''' cla.reference@houstontx.gov 
  
 
'''Address:'''<ref name="About">[http://www2.houstonlibrary.org/clayton/about.html About the Library] at ''Clayton Library Center for Genealogy Research'' (accessed 26 October 2013).</ref>  
 
'''Address:'''<ref name="About">[http://www2.houstonlibrary.org/clayton/about.html About the Library] at ''Clayton Library Center for Genealogy Research'' (accessed 26 October 2013).</ref>  
  
:'''Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research'''<br>5300 Caroline St.<br>Houston, TX 77004-6896<br><br>
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:'''Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research'''<br>5300 Caroline St.<br>Houston, TX 77004-6896
  
 
'''Telephone:'''<ref name="About" /> &nbsp;832-393-2600  
 
'''Telephone:'''<ref name="About" /> &nbsp;832-393-2600  
  
'''Hours:'''<ref name="About" /> Sunday and Monday Closed&nbsp;; Tuesday 10am–6pm&nbsp;; Wednesday10am–8pm&nbsp;; Thursday 10am–6pm&nbsp;; Friday 10am–5pm&nbsp;; Saturday 10am–5pm<br>  
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'''Hours:'''<ref name="About" /> Sunday and Monday Closed&nbsp;; Tuesday 10am–6pm&nbsp;; Wednesday 10am–6pm&nbsp;; Thursday 12pm–8pm&nbsp;; Friday 10am–5pm&nbsp;; Saturday 10am–5pm. *While the library building is temporarily closed to visitors, library staff can still answer questions by phone or email.<br>  
  
'''Directions, map, and public transportation:'''<br>
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'''Directions, map, and public transportation:'''  
  
*[http://www2.houstonlibrary.org/clayton/about_directions.html Directions and map]
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*[http://houstonlibrary.org/research/special-collections/clayton-library-center-genealogical-research/directions-clayton Directions and map]
*[http://www.ridemetro.org/Default.aspx Metro Transit Authority of Harris County]
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*[https://www.ridemetro.org/Pages/index.aspx Metro Transit Authority of Harris County]
  
 
'''Internet sites and databases:''' <br>  
 
'''Internet sites and databases:''' <br>  
  
*[http://www2.houstonlibrary.org/clayton/index.html Clayton Library Internet site] collections, research, services, events, FAQs, and history.<br>
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*[https://houstonlibrary.org/research/special-collections/clayton-library-center-genealogical-research Clayton Library Internet site] collections, research, services, events, FAQs, and history.<br>
 
*[https://halan.sdp.sirsi.net/client/hou Houston Public Library Online Catalog]{{WC}} by title, author, subject, series, call number, ISBN /ISSN, Lexile number, or government document number, and in [http://www.worldcat.org/ WorldCat]. <br>
 
*[https://halan.sdp.sirsi.net/client/hou Houston Public Library Online Catalog]{{WC}} by title, author, subject, series, call number, ISBN /ISSN, Lexile number, or government document number, and in [http://www.worldcat.org/ WorldCat]. <br>
*[http://houstonlibrary.org/genealogy Genealogy databases] 24 including Ancestry, FamilySearch, HeritageQuest, Fold3, and newspapers. <br>
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*[http://houstonlibrary.org/genealogy Genealogy databases] Includes Ancestry, FamilySearch, Findmypast, HeritageQuest, HistoryGeo, Fold3, MyHeritage, and newspapers. <br>
  
 
===Collection Description===
 
===Collection Description===
This branch of the Houston Public Library has one of America's best genealogical collections. Especially strong for Texas, adjoining states, and Tennessee.[2] It has nationwide and statewide materials, Texas and Houston area death records including funeral home records, censuses, passenger arrival lists, manuscripts, International resources for Europe, Canada, and Mexico, military records, family histories, genealogical periodicals, maps, family history vertical files, and Family History Library Affiliate Program.[3] Their special collections includes 25 major genealogical collections, such as the Barbour, Blake, Draper Manuscripts, and Vosburgh collections, Loredo TX Archives 1749-1872, and Nacagdoches TX Archives 1733-1836.[4]
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This branch of the Houston Public Library has one of America's best genealogical collections. With an emphasis on the Gulf Coast region, the library also has an international collection and material for all fifty U.S. states. Collections include Texas and Houston-area death records including funeral home records, censuses, passenger arrival lists, manuscripts, international resources for Europe, Canada, and Mexico, military records, family histories, genealogical periodicals, maps, and family history vertical files.  Clayton Library is an Affiliate Library of the Family History Library Affiliate Program.[3] Their special collections includes 25 major genealogical collections, such as the Barbour, Blake, Draper Manuscripts, and Vosburgh collections, Loredo TX Archives 1749-1872, and Nacagdoches TX Archives 1733-1836.[4]
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To search Clayton Library's holdings, check the [https://halan.sdp.sirsi.net/client/en_US/hou/search/advanced?dt=list Houston Public Library Catalog] for printed books, the [http://www2.houstonlibrary.org/cgi-bin/clayton/microprint.pl Clayton Library Microprint Database] for microprint holdings, and the [http://www2.houstonlibrary.org/cgi-bin/clayton/periodicals.pl Clayton Library Periodical Database] for periodical holdings.
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'''Family Histories'''
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Clayton Library has one of the most extensive collections of published and unpublished family histories in the southern United States. The collection contains over 15,000 cataloged volumes and extensive vertical file materials. To search for cataloged books in Clayton Library's Family History collection, check the Houston Public Library Catalog. For best results, search for your surname as a subject heading phrase (example: "Watkins Family") in the Keyword Search window. A small portion of Clayton Library’s family histories can be found digitized at [[FamilySearch.org]]. 
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'''Houston and Texas Area Death Records'''
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Clayton Library contains an impressive collection of records for deaths in Texas and the Houston area. First, Clayton Library houses the original records of two Houston funeral homes: the Fogle West Funeral Home (or Fogle West Undertaking Company -- 1921 through 1975), and the Boulevard Funeral Home (or Boulevard Undertaking Company -- 1961 through 1967). Second, Clayton's book collection contains transcripts of City of Houston death certificates from 1874-1894, 1896, and January through August 1900. Third, Clayton Library's microprint collection contains the Harris County register of deaths, volume 1, 1903-1909. These deaths in the City of Houston or Harris County are not included in the statewide collection of Texas death records and index that are available through the State Vital Records Office in Austin, or in the databases of Ancestry and FamilySearch.
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Clayton Library has created a searchable index to the Fogle West and Boulevard Funeral Home records database which can be searched here: [http://www2.houstonlibrary.org/cgi-bin/clayton/death_records.pl Clayton Library's Death Records Database.]
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'''Texas Book Indexes Database'''
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Clayton Library volunteers have indexed books located in the Clayton Library collection that do not contain an index in the book itself. These books are local history materials relating to Harris County and surrounding counties. A searchable database to these indexes can be found here: [http://www2.houstonlibrary.org/cgi-bin/clayton/book/gen_index.pl Harris and surrounding counties book index search.]
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'''Special Collections'''
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These materials are generally manuscript documents from other library or archival collections that have been microfilmed and made available for research. This material normally covers 15th, 16th, and early 17th century time periods. For more information about these collections please visit the [http://houstonlibrary.org/research/special-collections/clayton-library-center-genealogical-research/clayton-special Clayton Library Special Collections] page.
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'''Microprint'''
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A variety of records are available on microfilm and microfiche, including census records, military records, vital records, and county records. Many of these records have been made available digitally, but many of the microfilms in Clayton Library’s collection have not been digitized or made available online. To search microprint materials please search the [http://www2.houstonlibrary.org/cgi-bin/clayton/microprint.pl Clayton Library Microprint Database]. Try searching by location and type of record such as “Texas” and “vital” if looking for birth, marriage or death records in the state of Texas.
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'''Periodicals'''
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The periodical collection covers most U.S states, many foreign countries, and many surnames. Clayton Library has over 3,000 genealogy and local history periodical titles. The material published in periodicals can be unique and is not often found in other publications; it can also help break down a brick wall in your research. Many of these periodicals are indexed in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), which is available online through the website Find My Past. To determine Clayton Library's holdings of a specific periodical title please search [http://www2.houstonlibrary.org/cgi-bin/clayton/periodicals.pl Clayton Library's Periodical Database].
  
 
===Tips===
 
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*Free parking is available for users of the library.
 
*Free parking is available for users of the library.
 
*Lockers are available for a quarter which will be returned when you return the key.
 
*Lockers are available for a quarter which will be returned when you return the key.
*A snack area is available with vending machines and tables.
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*Bring a flash drive to save book and document scans, as well as documents from internet research. Bring small change to make photocopies.
 
*Free Wi-Fi is available and you are welcome to bring in your laptop and connect to the Internet.
 
*Free Wi-Fi is available and you are welcome to bring in your laptop and connect to the Internet.
*Public computers are available with a Houston Public Library PowerCard, or computer use card.<ref name="About" />
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*Public computers are available with a Houston Public Library MY Link card or with a temporary pass issued by staff.<ref name="About" />
  
 
===Alternate Repositories===
 
===Alternate Repositories===
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'''''Neighboring Collections'''''<br>  
 
'''''Neighboring Collections'''''<br>  
  
*[http://www.chaparralgensoc.org/index.html Chaparral Genealogical Society Library] over 2,100 books, manuscripts, and microfilms.
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*[http://www.chaparralgensoc.org/ Chaparral Genealogical Society Library] over 2,100 books, manuscripts, and microfilms.
 
*[http://www.harriscountytx.gov/archives/Default.aspx Harris County Archives] maps, manuscripts, oral histories, schools, orphan home, J.P. dockets.
 
*[http://www.harriscountytx.gov/archives/Default.aspx Harris County Archives] maps, manuscripts, oral histories, schools, orphan home, J.P. dockets.
 
*[http://www.cclerk.hctx.net/ Harris County Clerk] births, marriages, deaths, and land deeds.
 
*[http://www.cclerk.hctx.net/ Harris County Clerk] births, marriages, deaths, and land deeds.
 
*[http://www.hcdistrictclerk.com/Common/Default.aspx Harris County District Clerk] civil, criminal, and family court records.
 
*[http://www.hcdistrictclerk.com/Common/Default.aspx Harris County District Clerk] civil, criminal, and family court records.
 
*[http://www.thegregoryschool.org/ African American Library at the Gregory School] history of African Americans in the Houston area.
 
*[http://www.thegregoryschool.org/ African American Library at the Gregory School] history of African Americans in the Houston area.
*[https://library.rice.edu/collections/WRC Rice University - Fondren Library, Woodson Research Center] Asian Americans, Civil War, slavery, Houston and Texas history, World War II, British Maritime &amp; Naval history, women's history.
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*[https://library.rice.edu/woodson Rice University - Fondren Library, Woodson Research Center] Asian Americans, Civil War, slavery, Houston and Texas history, World War II, British Maritime &amp; Naval history, women's history.
 
*[http://www.sanjacinto-museum.org/Library/ San Jacinto Museum of History Library] rare books, manuscripts, and histories about Texas.
 
*[http://www.sanjacinto-museum.org/Library/ San Jacinto Museum of History Library] rare books, manuscripts, and histories about Texas.
 
*[http://www.gthcenter.org/contact.htm Galveston and Texas History Center] ethnic Germans in Texas and Gulf Coast immigrant database.
 
*[http://www.gthcenter.org/contact.htm Galveston and Texas History Center] ethnic Germans in Texas and Gulf Coast immigrant database.

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Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
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Contact Information[edit | edit source]

E-mail: cla.reference@houstontx.gov

Address:[1]

Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
5300 Caroline St.
Houston, TX 77004-6896

Telephone:[1]  832-393-2600

Hours:[1] Sunday and Monday Closed ; Tuesday 10am–6pm ; Wednesday 10am–6pm ; Thursday 12pm–8pm ; Friday 10am–5pm ; Saturday 10am–5pm. *While the library building is temporarily closed to visitors, library staff can still answer questions by phone or email.

Directions, map, and public transportation:

Internet sites and databases:

Collection Description[edit | edit source]

This branch of the Houston Public Library has one of America's best genealogical collections. With an emphasis on the Gulf Coast region, the library also has an international collection and material for all fifty U.S. states. Collections include Texas and Houston-area death records including funeral home records, censuses, passenger arrival lists, manuscripts, international resources for Europe, Canada, and Mexico, military records, family histories, genealogical periodicals, maps, and family history vertical files. Clayton Library is an Affiliate Library of the Family History Library Affiliate Program.[3] Their special collections includes 25 major genealogical collections, such as the Barbour, Blake, Draper Manuscripts, and Vosburgh collections, Loredo TX Archives 1749-1872, and Nacagdoches TX Archives 1733-1836.[4]

To search Clayton Library's holdings, check the Houston Public Library Catalog for printed books, the Clayton Library Microprint Database for microprint holdings, and the Clayton Library Periodical Database for periodical holdings.

Family Histories

Clayton Library has one of the most extensive collections of published and unpublished family histories in the southern United States. The collection contains over 15,000 cataloged volumes and extensive vertical file materials. To search for cataloged books in Clayton Library's Family History collection, check the Houston Public Library Catalog. For best results, search for your surname as a subject heading phrase (example: "Watkins Family") in the Keyword Search window. A small portion of Clayton Library’s family histories can be found digitized at FamilySearch.org.

Houston and Texas Area Death Records

Clayton Library contains an impressive collection of records for deaths in Texas and the Houston area. First, Clayton Library houses the original records of two Houston funeral homes: the Fogle West Funeral Home (or Fogle West Undertaking Company -- 1921 through 1975), and the Boulevard Funeral Home (or Boulevard Undertaking Company -- 1961 through 1967). Second, Clayton's book collection contains transcripts of City of Houston death certificates from 1874-1894, 1896, and January through August 1900. Third, Clayton Library's microprint collection contains the Harris County register of deaths, volume 1, 1903-1909. These deaths in the City of Houston or Harris County are not included in the statewide collection of Texas death records and index that are available through the State Vital Records Office in Austin, or in the databases of Ancestry and FamilySearch.

Clayton Library has created a searchable index to the Fogle West and Boulevard Funeral Home records database which can be searched here: Clayton Library's Death Records Database.

Texas Book Indexes Database

Clayton Library volunteers have indexed books located in the Clayton Library collection that do not contain an index in the book itself. These books are local history materials relating to Harris County and surrounding counties. A searchable database to these indexes can be found here: Harris and surrounding counties book index search.

Special Collections

These materials are generally manuscript documents from other library or archival collections that have been microfilmed and made available for research. This material normally covers 15th, 16th, and early 17th century time periods. For more information about these collections please visit the Clayton Library Special Collections page.

Microprint

A variety of records are available on microfilm and microfiche, including census records, military records, vital records, and county records. Many of these records have been made available digitally, but many of the microfilms in Clayton Library’s collection have not been digitized or made available online. To search microprint materials please search the Clayton Library Microprint Database. Try searching by location and type of record such as “Texas” and “vital” if looking for birth, marriage or death records in the state of Texas.

Periodicals

The periodical collection covers most U.S states, many foreign countries, and many surnames. Clayton Library has over 3,000 genealogy and local history periodical titles. The material published in periodicals can be unique and is not often found in other publications; it can also help break down a brick wall in your research. Many of these periodicals are indexed in the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), which is available online through the website Find My Past. To determine Clayton Library's holdings of a specific periodical title please search Clayton Library's Periodical Database.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Bring a sweater because it is often chilly.
  • Free parking is available for users of the library.
  • Lockers are available for a quarter which will be returned when you return the key.
  • Bring a flash drive to save book and document scans, as well as documents from internet research. Bring small change to make photocopies.
  • Free Wi-Fi is available and you are welcome to bring in your laptop and connect to the Internet.
  • Public computers are available with a Houston Public Library MY Link card or with a temporary pass issued by staff.[1]

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • National Archives at Fort Worth letters, photos, maps, settlement history, American Indians, the Civil War, slavery, Chinese exclusion, repatriation, segregation, and World Wars I and II.
  • Dallas Public Central Library 111,700 volumes, 64,500 microfilms, 89,000 microfiche, and over 700 maps, marriage, probate, deed, and tax abstracts in book form, or microfilm of originals for some states, and online databases. Outstanding for the South, Mid-Atlantic, and New England.

Similar Collections

  • Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, holds 450 computers, 3,400 databases, 3.1 million microforms, 4,500 periodicals, 310,000 books of worldwide family and local histories, civil, church, immigration, ethnic, military, and records of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, premier periodical collection, genealogies, local histories, databases, military, censuses, directories, passenger lists, ethnic collections, and Canadians.
  • Mid-Continent Public Library Midwest Genealogy Center, Independence, MO, national censuses/indexes, 80,000 family histories, 100,000 local histories, 565,000 microfilms, 7,000 maps, and newspapers.
  • National Archives I, Washington DC, census, pre-WWI military service and pensions, passenger lists, naturalizations, passports, federal bounty land, homesteads, bankruptcy, ethnic sources, prisons.

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 About the Library at Clayton Library Center for Genealogy Research (accessed 26 October 2013).