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Genealogy Resources

Texas Genealogy

Corpus Christi Public Libraries Digital Archives

Search individual and family papers, manuscripts and documents, city and county records, photos from the late 1800's into the 20th century, Murphy Givens' audio clips, and more.


Corpus Christi Public Libraries Obituary Index

Index of several hundred thousand obituaries published in the Corpus Christi Caller, Corpus Christi Times, and Corpus Christi Caller-Times newspapers on microfilm by publication date (not death date).

Nueces County Page on Texas GenWeb


Old Bayview Cemetery

Photos, transcriptions, and historical information for oldest federal military cemetery in Texas and early settlers. CCPL database.


Texas Land Grants, including Spanish and Mexican

Interactive search of Texas General Land Office land grant database going back to original Spanish and Mexican land grants.

Texas Death Records on Rootsweb

Search Texas death index from 1964-1998 in Rootsweb.

Texas GenWeb Project

Texas County Records Available on Microfilm

County clerk, real property, probate, vital statistics, naturalization, court and miscellaneous records available on microfilm from listed depositories through your library Interlibrary Loan service.

Texas Index to Confederate Pensions

Searchable index to documents provided by Texas State Library.

Texas State Library Genealogy Department

Selected federal census schedules, county records, tax rolls, newspapers, and more on microfilm, most for on-site use, some by Interlibrary Loan. Printed family and county histories.


Texas State Cemetery

Search Texas state cemeteries by name or eligibility criteria (governors, senators, Texas Rangers, Confederate veterans, and more).


FAQs About Texas Vital Statistics Indexes

Texas State Library questions answered on vital record indexes and locating birth, death, marriage, and divorce records.

General Genealogy Links


African Ancestored Genealogy from Africa to the Americas. Includes census, genealogy, and obituary searching, with chats and message boards.

Afro-American Genealogical Research

Library of Congress lists and bibliographies of useful sources.

African American Heritage

National Archives site of Pre-Civil and Post-Civil War records, military records, Freedman's Bureau, historical documents and more.

All Things Cherokee

Cherokee genealogy, history, culture, and art, with Cherokee Roll Report, tribal enrollment research and in depth customized research.

Ancient Faces

Online community to share vintage photos and family history.

Subscription fee database used to create a family tree, search census, and birth/death/marriage, military, and immigration records.

Cyndi's List

Categorized and cross-referenced index to genealogical resources.

Ellis Island Immigration Records

Search free database and copies of passenger manifests of ships arriving at Ellis Island 1892-1954. Provided by the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.

Family Search

Search free database and copies of passenger manifests of ships arriving at Ellis Island 1892-1954. Provided by the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.

Heritage Quest

Library database from TexShare requires login and password available from CCPL (unless using in library). Find ancestors in U.S. Federal Census 1790-1940, search books on people and places, genealogy and local history articles, Revolutionary War records, Freedman's Bank and select actions of U.S. Congress.

Family research, genealogy resources, and the 1940 census.

Native American Indian Genealogy

Native American biographies, tribes, census rolls, treaties, history, DNA, and more. From Access Genealogy.

Name index to deaths recorded by SSA beginning in 1962. Death Master File through (create a free account to use after limited searching).

Soundex Converter

Soundex code for surnames used in 1880-1920 census. From RootsWeb.


U.S. Census--American FactFinder

Community facts such as population, income, etc. and frequently requested data, with address search, maps, and surveys.


Veterans Service Records

Sources to assist in locating veterans and service members. From the National Archives.


U.S. Census

Search 1740-1940 and view actual image through HeritageQuest Online, library database (through TexShare) requiring login and password available from CCP (unless using in library).


U.S. Census

Name index of U.S. 1940 census through FamilySearch.

Where to Write for Vital Records

Where and how to obtain vital records from each state, county and territory of the United States.

Hispanic Genealogy Links

Enciclopedia Heráldica Hispano-Americana

Index to set of books on over 15,000 Spanish and Spanish-American names with coats of arms. CCPL has the set of 88 volumes issued 1919-1963.

Portal del Archivos Españoles

Search Spanish digital collection of archives, libraries and museums through "Bùsqueda Avanzada" (advanced search). Project of the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports.

Catholic Archives of Texas

Dedicated to collection and preserving the records of the Catholic Church in Texas. Select tab "Research."

Colorado Society of Hispanic Genealogy

See society notices and sale items.

Documentary Relations of the Southwest

Search online guide to Spanish colonial documents as a finding aid to microfilm collections mostly held in major research libraries. DRSW master index provided by Arizona State Museum.

FamilySearch Historical Records

From Search Records page, go down to Browse by Location, select Mexico. View actual images of civil and church records from Mexican states 1500s-on. (Set up free account in FamilySearch.)


Genealogy at the Government Land Office

Documents conveying land from the Spanish Crown or Mexican Republic that pre-date the state of Texas.


Hispanic American Records

Search National Archive records of Mexican border crossings, U.S. Mexican War, Mexican Bracero program, links on Hispanic-American genealogy, and other resources.

Hispanic Genealogical Society of New York

Check resources and publications of New York society.

Hispanic Genealogical Society--Houston

Houston society links and books.

Library of Congress ~ Hispanic Reading Room

Hispanic collections covering Iberian, Caribbean, Central and South America, with links to online material.

Los Bexareños Genealogical and Historical Society

Hispanic history and ancestral research organization with newsletter and genealogy guide, plus books for sale.


Mexican American History Resources at the Briscoe Center for American History

Bibliography of general and specific works.


Mexican Border Crossing Records

Explantion and online copies of manifests, applications, and lists of arrivals at multiple border crossings.


Sephardic Genealogy Resources

Sephardic Genealogy Home Page for resources related to Spain and its history and Sephardic genealogy.

Somos Primos

Online publication dedicated to Hispanic heritage.

Spanish American War Records

Spanish American War history, war records, cemeteries, troops, and rosters per Access Genealogy.


We Are Cousins--South Texas and Northeastern Mexico Genealogy

Free membership to newsletter, archived newsletters, resources, forums and more to educate and provide resources to locate ancestors from this area. Blog by Moises Garza.

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