Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research

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

E-mail: Email Reference Use this form for genealogy and research questions.


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 ; Wednesday10am–8pm ; Thursday 10am–6pm ; Friday 10am–5pm ; Saturday 10am–5pm

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. 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]

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.
  • A snack area is available with vending machines and tables.
  • 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.[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).