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Genealogy and Local History Department

Daniel Sample
Genealogy Manager
ph. 281-341-2608

The Genealogy and Local History Department of Fort Bend County Libraries is known throughout the region as an excellent source for research in these subjects. The main library, George Memorial Library in Richmond, houses the Genealogy and Local History Department's collections and resources.

The department's resources focus on the southeastern United States and include materials relating to the history of the South, federal censuses, genealogy, and the Civil War.

Over many years, the Genealogy Department’s Volunteers and staff have compiled a Fort Bend County Burial Records database, which has become a major tool for genealogy researchers. The database was published in five volumes in 1997, as the Registry of Cemeteries in Fort Bend County, Texas. A supplement was published in 2004, and another supplement is currently being compiled. The printed volumes are housed in the Genealogy Department at George Memorial Library.

Printed Sources (selected listing)

  • Census indexes
  • Civil War collection
  • DAR lineage books and indexes
  • Fort Bend County photo collection
  • Fort Bend County vertical files (biographies, cemeteries, churches, history, and obituaries)
  • Genealogies (family histories)
  • Genealogical research materials (emphasis on Fort Bend County: deed, probate, marriage, cemetery files for Fort Bend County)
  • Guidebooks (how to do research)
  • Immigration records (published passenger lists)
  • Local histories (county, state, and city & town histories for southeastern U.S.)
  • Periodicals (genealogical, historical and family publications)
  • Special collection of the Czech Heritage Society of Texas

Microforms (selected listing)

  • Census Schedules for the southeastern U.S., from statehood through 1930
    • Alabama
    • Arkanas
    • Florida
    • Georgia
    • Kentucky
    • Louisiana
    • Mississippi
    • Missouri
    • Oklahoma
    • North Carolina
    • South Carolina
    • Tennessee
    • Texas
    • Virginia
    • West Virginia
  • Soundex indexes, 1880-1920 for Texas only. There is presently no finding aid for the 1930 census.
  • Texas Bureau of Vital Statistics: birth and death indexes
  • Non-current government records and indexes for Austin, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Matagorda, Waller and Wharton counties
  • Military records with indexes (Revolutionary War and Civil War)
    • General Index to Compiled Service Records for the Revolutionary War
    • Revolutionary War Service Records
    • American Revolution War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application files
    • Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the Mexican War
    • Index to Confederate Soldiers
    • Texas Confederate Compiled Service Records
    • Confederate Prisoners of War
  • Newspapers (Fort Bend County only, starting with 1911; Brookshire Times 1899-1984; Galveston Daily News 1865-1917; and Telegraph & Texas Register, Houston, Texas 1835-1875)
Genealogy Database (online resource)

Information contained in the burial records includes name, birth and death dates, cemetery of burial, and notes. In addition, a growing number of records contain .jpg images of obituaries that were published in the Fort Bend Herald from August 1, 2007, to the present. Online database.

Links to other useful Genealogy Resources

Ancestry Library Edition (ProQuest)In Library
Covers more than two billion names throughout the various databases collection, which includes US Data Collection and Census Collection (U.S. birth, marriage, death collection, World War I Draft Registration, Social Security Death Index, Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1930), UK and Ireland Collection, Immigration Collection (New York Passenger List, San Francisco Passenger List, New York Petitions for Naturalization Index) and more. This database offers access to and replaces Ancestry Plus. It is available in the library only, and customers are limited to six emailed documents per email address. Please visit your local branch library to access this site.

HeritageQuest Online In LibraryRemote
Resource for genealogy and family-history research. Includes online and film products dating back to the late 1700s, including digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records, and the digitized version of the popular UMI Genealogy & Local History collection. Not in Library: Enter your library barcode number to begin.

Texas Digital Sanborn MapsIn LibraryRemote
Find large-scale maps of Texas towns and cities dated from 1867-1970. A user name and password are required to use this database, if you are NOT in the library. To get the name and password, call 281-341-2605 during library hours or use Chat with a librarian 24/7; just have your library barcode number handy.

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