This PDF explores and details the unique language and words that come from Northeast Texas. The author collected his information via interviews with “200 native informants in 26 counties in the northeastern corner of Texas.” This work of linguistic geography is free to the public to read online.
This link connects you to a post on LGBT history in Texas, as well as any other articles that may have been written under that tag.
Since its founding in 1977, Historic Tyler has promoted the preservation and appreciation of Tyler’s architectural and cultural historic resources through education, advocacy and committed action. Use their website to search historic districts and landmarks in Tyler.
This web page is part of a lesson offered by LoneStarGenealogy.com and provides a brief history of when various groups of immigrants came to Texas. A short section at the bottom of the page gives tips on how to further research Texas immigrant records.
The National Register of Historic Places for Tyler, Texas lists the following categories about historically significant locations in the city of Tyler: Historic Significance; Architect, builder, or engineer; Architectural Style; Area of Significance; Period of Significance; Owner; Historic Function; Historic Sub-function; Current Function; Current Sub-function.
This web page is a personal compilation by resident Robert E. Reed, Jr., who was born and raised in Tyler, Texas. He states: “I've collected Tyler memorabilia for years and decided to share some of my collection through a series of websites.” Use this site to get a personal account of Tyler, but be sure to fact-check your work, since this is not an official site.
Preservation Texas (PT) is a private, nonprofit member-supported organization dedicated to protecting the historic resources of Texas. Their website contains news regarding the projects of the organization, preservation links to Texas and national organizations, archives of the Preservation Texas magazine and e-newsletter, a list of Texas’ Most Endangered Places, and an archive of yearly Honor Awards for Texas’ best local conservation and restoration efforts.
This web page details the history of Smith County and provides a useful bibliography for further research at the bottom of the page.
A primary focus of the HeirLoom Project is to preserve and promote the history of the African-American experience in Northeast Texas. The African-American digital collection serves as a central location for historical documents relating to the history of African-Americans in this region. The content found on this page comes from the digital collections of HeirLoom Project partners.
This website is a virtual museum that maps places of cultural significance in the state of Texas. By hovering your cursor over each location, you may visit a digital “exhibit” that gives a brief history of the place in question. Links to special and prehistoric exhibits, as well as links for teachers and children, are listed across the top of the page. Other resources include Archaeology FAQs and a glossary.
Texas Monthly’s article briefly details the lives and legacies of 30 prominent women in Texas history.
Texas Time Travel is your statewide resource for exploring Texas’ historic and cultural treasures. Use the Plan Your Adventure tools, travel themes, events calendar, travel guides, and mobile tours to find and learn about historic sites across the 10 heritage trail regions of the Texas Historical Commission’s Texas Heritage Trails Program.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places. The National Trust website has many links to historic sites, our nation’s national treasures, and plans for the board’s future preservation projects.
Established in 1983 by the Texas 68th Legislature for the purpose of preserving, maintaining and restoring the State Capitol, the General Land Office Building, and their contents and grounds for the benefit of the citizens of Texas. On their website, one can find links to all of the properties covered by the board and to further historical information about the capitol.
The collection contains materials donated by and relating to the groups and individuals who fought for equal rights in the LGBT community. Organizations, such as the Dallas Gay Political Caucus, the Dallas Gay Alliance (now known as the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance) and the AIDS Resource Center and organizational leaders, including John Thomas, Don Baker, Bill Nelson, Terry Tebedo, William Waybourn, Mike Richards, and Cece Cox contributed papers, photographs, and personal artifacts. These materials provide an intimate and personal perspective of the triumphs and struggles experienced by the LGBT community in the Dallas/Ft. Worth region.
The LGBT collections contain publications pertaining to issues relevant to the LGBT community. The collection includes The Dallas Voice, a weekly newspaper for the gay community in North Texas that has been published since 1984.
Organized by the Robert R. Muntz Library, this library guide lists and describes several links and publications that provide information on African American history in Texas.
This web page gives a brief history of Tyler, highlighting important people and locations in the area.
This website provides: a detailed timeline of events in Texas women’s history, from prehistoric to modern times; biographies of prominent women throughout all periods of Texas history; links to websites, papers, bibliographies, and videos on Texas women’s history.
Historical Societies, Associations, & Commissions
The Camp Fannin Association’s goal is to discover, collect, and preserve data, records and items related to the history of Camp Fannin and World War II, and to provide public education relating to the history of Camp Fannin and World War II, and to develop and maintain museum(s) and an archival collection and to work with any museum for the preservation of historical artifacts relating to the history of Camp Fannin and World War II.
The Camp Fannin Association’s website details the history of the association and memorial and contains images of the artifacts and collectibles from the site.
Through meetings, publications, and other efforts, the Association attempts to discover, collect, and preserve historical records, manuscripts, letters, journals, maps, pictures, and other materials related to East Texas history; to encourage the preservation of buildings of historical interest and architectural worth; and to publish and make known the rich history with which this part of Texas is endowed.
Their website allows one to access archived information about the association, as well as the ETHA Journal and other books and articles on the history of Northeast Texas.
The Smith County Historical Society website contains links that list information on local museums, archives, area landmarks, and the society itself.
The Texas Downtown Association represent cities and towns of all sizes, economic development corporations, nonprofit organizations, small businesses and individuals that care about downtown areas.
The mission of the Texas State Historical Commission is to protect and preserve the state’s historic and prehistoric resources for the use, education, enjoyment, and economic benefit of present and future generations. The website of this organization provides extensive resources on historic sites in Texas, as well as the projects, news, and programs of the historical commission.
The Handbook of Texas is a digital state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) that is free and accessible on the Internet for students, teachers, scholars, and the general public. The Handbook consists of overview, general, and biographical entries focused on the entire history of Texas from the indigenous Native Americans and the Prehistoric Era to the state’s diverse population and the Modern Age.
The website contains links to: research guidelines, newspapers, biographies, source material and bibliographies, cross references, and more.
The Camp Ford Historical Association is organized to build and maintain a museum dedicated to educating the public about Camp Ford, the Confederacy’s largest prisoner of war internment center west of the Mississippi. The museum will be part of a visitor’s center to be built on U.S. Highway 271 immediately across from the Camp Ford Park, which is managed by the Smith County Historical Society, not affiliated with the CFHA. The museum and park will be independent but complementary attractions.
The association’s website provides history on the camp, on the historical center, and links for further research.
Historic Places in Tyler, Texas, Smith County, and Northeast Texas
The Negro Public Library (now called the Ella Reid Public Library) was chartered in 1941 and quartered in the basement of the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas. This listing from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania a brief history on the Ella Reid Public Library records, as well as useful links to photos, information about the education of African Americans, and African American people’s presence in other historic libraries.
This brief online article details the historical background, provenance, and scope and content of Tyler’s Ella Reid Public Library.
The Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum has been a Texas Historic Landmark since 1964 and was the first property in Smith County listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This City of Tyler web page provides information for contacting and setting up tours at the museum and grounds.
The Northeast Texas Rural Heritage Center consists of two award-winning museums, the Depot Museum and the Farmstead Museum. The website gives access to a brief history about the museum and the artifacts found within.
The Roseland Plantation website provides information on the history of the Hambrick House and its surrounding plantation land. Information on booking reserved tours of the house and grounds is also available.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans - Capt. James P. Douglas Camp 124 web page lists contact and location information for this historic preservation site.
The Bonner-Whitaker-McClendon House, built in 1878, received designation as a Tyler Historic Landmark in 1984. Also recorded as a Texas Historic Landmark, the house is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The McClendon House’s website contains links to information on the history of the house and Tyler, to tours of the house, and to events taking place at the house.
The Historic Aviation Memorial Museum pays tribute to the pioneers of flight and patriots instrumental in the advancement of aviation. This is accomplished through the display of aviation memorabilia and aircraft for the education of the public. The museum’s website provides links to information on the artifacts in the museum, educational programs, the use of the aviation library at the museum site, current exhibits, and events at the museum.
This Texas state page of the Access Genealogy website provides direct links to major databases and historical titles and information found on Texas genealogy and history, whether they exist on Access Genealogy or across the web. Access Genealogy is a free online resource.
This site lists African-American cemeteries by county (including Smith County). Sidebar links include: Black Churches, Black Funeral Homes, Black Newspapers, and Death Records. Links that provide information on cemetery preservation issues are also included at the side of the web page. Links on preservation, education, history, and other cemeteries are listed at the bottom of the page.
This web page begins a catalog search of the e-books, manuscripts, and microform of the New England Historic Genealogy Society's American Ancestors collection.
This web page provides contact and location information for the American Indian Cultural Society of Tyler.
This database is a collection of Texas marriage indexes covering various years and counties. Information contained in these indexes includes: spouses' names; ages at time of marriage; estimated birth year; gender; marriage date; marriage location (county); file number; compiler (Liahona Research, Hunting For Bears, or Texas DOSHS); source (i.e. FHL microfilm number, location of county courthouse, etc.).
Castlegarden.org is a free database developed and funded by The Battery Conservancy. It contains and makes available eleven million records of immigrants who arrived at the Port of New York from 1820 - 1892. Today more than 100 million Americans can trace their ancestry to this early period of immigration. Castlegarden.org is a resource for educators, scholars, students, family historians, and the interested public.
This page’s drop down menus will take you to census records for the U.S., United Kingdom, and Canada, which have been categorized all the way down to the county level. This enables you to search for census data online quickly and easily. If you want more in-depth coverage of census records, see the information at the right side of the home page for details about the completion of the entire U.S. CENSUS. The page labeled Census Findings lists the questions that were asked in each Federal Census from 1790 to 1940.
This web page contains lists of links in several areas of genealogy. Some link titles include: Societies & Groups, Orphans, Newspapers, DNA, and more. Find current links, add your own links to the list, or report any broken links on the site. This page also has a link for visitors to sign up for a mailing list.
The purpose of this website is to support the activities of the East Texas Genealogical Society. This website contains several research links on the history and genealogy resources of counties in the East Texas Area. Other resources on the website include links to information about the “First Families” of East Texas, as well as links to information on the meetings and programs hosted by the Genealogical Society.
This Family Search webpage lists a plethora of links and information about Smith County. Find genealogical and history links, as well as where to find further research information, both online and at physical locations in the area. The site is divided into the following sections: County Information, History, Places/Localities, Resources (which is broken down further into useful sub-categories, such as obituaries and newspapers), Societies and Libraries, Websites, and References.
Search graves by first and last name, year of birth and/or death, and by grave location. Visitors to the site can contribute to the records by uploading photos and details of graves. Links to memorials, cemeteries, and forums may be accessed.
Finding your British Isles ancestors can be difficult. With Findmypast, you get the complete British and Irish family history experience, to connect you with your ancestors and bring your story to life. This website does require a subscription, but one can utilize a free 14-day trial before deciding to commit to paying for the subscription. The site contains links to British and Irish newspapers and gives one access to the advice of experienced genealogists.
With a long tradition both in the United States and Europe dating back to the 1800's, funeral cards (also sometimes called mass, mourning or remembrance cards) are an excellent source of information for genealogists. While not a traditional "vital record", they often provide great clues like death and birth dates, name of the cemetery where the deceased was interred, name of the funeral home, and sometimes even a photo of the ancestor. Genealogy Today’s web page on funeral cards provides a database search of the more than 23,900 cards cataloged on the site. Links to other articles, as well as funeral resources for those facing a recent loss.
Genealogical.com is a website that sells books on family history & genealogy, that offers subscriptions to researchers & historians, and that publishes a genealogy blog that gives tips on how to best perform your research.
Genealogy Bank is a website that helps one to begin genealogical research with a simple search of the ancestor’s first and last names. One is able to search through: newspapers from 1690-present, 250 million obituaries, and over 2 billion other genealogy records. This site requires a membership for continued use, but it also offers a free 30-day trial period.
Genealogy, Inc.’s website contains a plethora of genealogy search bars and links. Categories for perusal include Smith County history & facts, birth & death records, census records, courthouse & government records, Smith county societies and family history resources, immigration & naturalization records, and more. Links to several other Smith County genealogy and history resources and forums are provided, as well.
Genealogy in Time is a free ancestral search engine. On this site, one may search records, articles, family trees, and books. The website also offers a guide to performing genealogical searches for those who are new to the genealogical research process. The site’s Resources page lists links to various other types of genealogy search engines, including ones for rare books, free images, and more.
Geneanet allows you to start your genealogy research from your computer or their app on your phone. On this website, you can create a login that you may use to construct your family tree and connect with others in the genealogy community. You will also have the ability to search family trees, archival records, family pictures, indexes, old books and newspapers: hundreds of million entries to help you find your ancestors.
This web page is run by the United States Census Bureau. Here, one may find links to the 1940 census, as well as censuses from earlier years. Links to further information on how to properly find and search a census record are provided.
This web page is part of a lesson offered by LoneStarGenealogy.com and provides a brief history of when various groups of immigrants came to Texas. A short section at the bottom of the page gives tips on how to further research Texas immigrant records.
Search through millions of cemetery records, from thousands of cemeteries, on this website. Links are provided to browse the cemetery records of various regions and countries worldwide. Links to specially-marked collections of records are also provided, and visitors may enter their email addresses to be notified of the latest additions to the site’s records, if they desire.
This web page contains links to help one research Smith County, Texas family history & genealogy, census, birth, death, vital records, and more. Links to ethnic records, immigration records, school records, slavery information, transportation and industry records, and historical images are also available.
LoneStar Genealogy’s website consists of an extensive, alphabetized list of links to different sources where genealogy information may be found. Some link categories include: Archives & Libraries, Books & CDs, Cities, Counties, Forums, Histories, Maps & Locations, Native American, Research Guides & Help, and Probate Records.
The National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records (NPRC-MPR) is the repository of millions of military personnel, health, and medical records of discharged and deceased veterans of all services during the 20th century. (Records prior to WWI are in Washington, DC.) NPRC (MPR) also stores medical treatment records of retirees from all services, as well as records for dependent and other persons treated at naval medical facilities. Information from the records is made available upon written request (with signature and date) to the extent allowed by law. This site is provided for those seeking information regarding military personnel, health and medical records stored at NPRC (MPR).
This website enables one to create an account and begin building a virtual family tree. A link to order a DNA test to uncover one’s ethnic origins is also available.
This website has useful links to local history and genealogy web pages. The site also details the features and resources of the physical genealogical center. One can also find a plethora of articles on genealogical trees, as well as a link where genealogy questions may be submitted.
If you are researching your American or Canadian ancestors, search for your family and immigrant ancestors with Olive Tree Genealogy’s free searchable genealogy transcriptions. Created by Lorine in February 1996, Olive Tree Genealogy was started to bring genealogists free genealogy records. This site has more than 1,900 pages of free genealogy records to help you find your brick-wall ancestors and build your family tree.
This detailed webpage provides a video on genealogy and how to begin your own research. A brief description of genealogy and terms relevant to the process is provided, and sidebar links refer visitors to pages on specific aspects of genealogy research, such as African American genealogy, census information, and DNA analysis.
Texas A&M University-Commerce Libraries' Northeast Texas Digital Collections is comprised of more than 40 distinct collections, which are very diverse in terms of content, size, and scope. Many of the collections were created through partnerships with area public libraries, museums, and historical associations, which were facilitated by grant funds, while others are selected items that have been digitized from the Special Collections Department of Texas A&M University-Commerce Libraries. The goal of the university’s digitization effort is to preserve, and provide sustained online access to materials that were previously inaccessible due to medium, format, or location. Several categories are available within this database. These include: an African-American History Collection, collections from various other Texas libraries, and the Historic ET Collection.
This Wiki provides links to online resources on Texas emigrants and immigrants up to the year 1954, as well as other links to immigration records. Further categories on this page include: People (which details the first settlers of Texas and major ethnic groups that came to live in the state), Passenger Arrival Records, Mexican Border Crossing Records, and References for further reading.
The above website does exactly as its title describes: it provides links to various genealogy resources and also provides a condensed history of the state of Texas and Texas quick facts. Among the genealogy links are: Texas genealogy resources, Texas census records, Texas federal census years, Texas military records, Bible records indexes, Texas vital records, and Texas genealogy subscriptions online.
The Texas Genealogy Trails’ goal is to help you track your ancestors through time by transcribing genealogical and historical data and placing it online for the free use of all researchers. New data is constantly being added to this site. Links to information such as birth records, census records, military records, and more are provided for perusal. Links to information regarding surrounding counties are also available.
This website is a Guide to Texas Online Genealogy Records for researching ancestry, family history and genealogy: birth, marriage, death, census, church, military, immigration, and naturalization records. An extensive index and research categories of all sorts are available on this information-packed site.
Specifically, the mission of TxSGS is as follows: Research, record, accumulate, reproduce, distribute, and circulate genealogical and historical material. Assist in making such material available to those who are, or may be encouraged to be, in family and Texas history. Perpetuate the memory of Texans and their ancestors and inspire a wholesome regard for those who have been and are now part of the heritage of our state and nation. Stress the importance of accuracy through the careful documentation of research. Make donations by acquisition or memorial to research collections which are open to the public. Disseminate knowledge by sponsoring conferences, workshops, and seminars. Publish a journal titled STIRPES and other publications useful to researchers. Sponsor awards for writing and honors recognizing the efforts of individuals and organizations.
Use this website to search the organization’s programs and publications, as well as to contact the Texas State Genealogical Society at their office in Austin, Texas.
This resource contains a list of Smith County land surveys, the names of the landowners, and the size of the land owned. It may be found under the Records section of TX Gen Web, Smith County, Texas on etgs.org/txsmith.
The Texas Family Heritage Research Center located at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission includes genealogical publications such as printed family and county histories, a variety of Texas government records, federal census schedules, and many other resources to help you compile your family history. Their website enables one to search for similar items online, as well. Their resource links are broken down into the categories: Genealogy Resources at TSLAC, Archival Records, Genealogy & Government Agencies, and Other Genealogy Resources. Links to Physical research centers and online resources are provided.
This web page provides a detailed index of where Smith County microfilm records may be found at Texas A&M University-Commerce and other libraries.
This site provides links to “places to find Texas birth, marriage, divorce, and death indexes online.” Links to ordering Texas vital records, people searches, and other genealogy records and databases are also listed.
The Bureau of Land Management(BLM), General Land Office (GLO) Records Automation web site provides live access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States, including image access to more than five million Federal land title records issued between 1788 and the present. We also have images of survey plats and field notes, land status records, and control document index records. Due to organization of documents in the GLO collection, this site does not currently contain every Federal title record issued for the Public Land States. Links to search documents, to a reference center, and to a support page are available.
On this website, one may create a free account to search for family arrival records and learn more about Lady Liberty and Ellis Island. Read a timeline showing forces behind immigration and their impact on the immigrant experience by clicking the time period you would like to explore. Information on the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Genealogy tips are provided across the top of the screen.
This is a resource to help find sources for searching midwives. Sources from pre-1902 to 1995 are listed in this PDF (which was created in 2014). Images, hospital record links, and archive links are included for reader use.
This genealogy site provides information and links that are specific to genealogical research within Smith County. There are many records available: Deeds since 1846, Marriages since 1846, Probates since 1846, and District Court minutes since 1846. The Smith County TXGenWeb Project website is divided into five sections: History, Places, People, Records, and Research.
This web page by the United States Census Bureau lists links to frequently-occurring names in the 1990, 2000, and 2010 census records. Links to data and related sites are also available.
Sponsored by the East Texas Genealogical society, this website contains links to archives that have been pulled from USGenWeb and that have been submitted by Smith County community volunteers. Categories for research include: Obituaries, cemeteries, biographies, court, deeds & land, tax records, and more. Links to sites on Smith County, TXGenWeb, and USGenWeb are also listed.
This site allows one to search government records for United States birth certificates, death records, and marriage licenses. One may search by state, by territory, or by first name/last name. Related links and guidelines are provided at the bottom of the page.
Websites to Connect With Others
AfriGeneas is a site devoted to African American genealogy, to researching African Ancestry in the Americas in particular and to genealogical research and resources in general. It is also an African Ancestry research community featuring the AfriGeneas mail list, the AfriGeneas message boards and daily and weekly genealogy chats.
Create an account on this website for $49.95 per year to research your family history. Begin your search by using first or last names, by using the country of your relative’s residence, or by using one of the site’s categories. This large site provides access to more than 1 billion records worldwide and allows users to create their own family trees. Connect with a community of genealogists and access links and articles that provide useful research information.
This website helps users find a plethora of genealogy blogs across the globe. The site is entirely dedicated to blog links and genealogy material searches. Across the top of the page, you can find links to: recently updated blogs, new blogs, and maps of recent blog activity.
GenealogyBlog is a blog built on years of genealogy experience and contains hundreds of articles, censuses and substitute name lists, laminated guides, and FamilySearch vital records. This blog is the sole property of Leland & Patty Meitzler. Leland loves genealogy, as well as history in general. He also likes to blog, and GenealogyBlog is the product of that passion. He started blogging in 2003. Leland has been around the genealogy industry since 1982, when he and his brother Steve started publishing Washington State local history publications. In 1985, they founded Heritage Quest, and began publication of Heritage Quest Magazine in September of that year.
Genealogy.com is a source for family history buffs to find genealogical research originally posted in GenForum and our most popular genealogy articles. Start a search or browse the home page to start learning more about your family's past.
This site provides powerful genealogy tools to help you grow your family tree by working with other genealogy enthusiasts. Add what you know, then invite your relatives to add the missing pieces. Seamlessly collaborate on a single shared tree with as many family members as you like. Find your ancestors faster by connecting with millions of people. Geni users have already created over 185 million profiles. Instead of repeating their research, you can share it and connect your trees together. Geni.com’s automatic tree matches let you discover cousins who are researching the same shared ancestors that you are. Connect to new relatives easily to collaborate and share research. Stay organized by Uploading and storing your family photos, videos, records, and sources on Geni. Easily organize them by person or event and to share them with your relatives.
The mission of the National Genealogical Society is to serve and grow the genealogical community by providing education and training, fostering increased quality and standards, and promoting access to and preservation of genealogical records. This site provides links to videos, records, the organization’s publications, references for researching information on understanding DNA test results, educational courses, and much more.
This site provides resources for those with all levels of genealogy experience, from hobbyists to professional genealogists. On this site, one may search a family tree, research family history, trace lines of migration, find out what happened to their family on this day in history, and more. Start building a highly-detailed family tree that contains all important details and indicates if one’s research differs from that of others’. This site has a free seven-day trial.
Use this RootsWeb web page to search current mailing lists, as well as the archives of mailing lists from the past. The above links provide access to family trees, message boards, the site’s blog, wikis, and other useful websites.
Search through hundreds of threads on the subject of Smith County genealogy and history, or begin your own thread to share with fellow genealogy enthusiasts.
Explore thousands of results and forum threads on Texas history genealogy research. Narrow your results by county, or search for a specific topic at the top of the web page. Use this site to connect with fellow genealogy enthusiasts and to share research.
Texas Genealogy Network is a Google+ forum page for those who are searching for ancestors in the state of Texas. Use this forum to post findings or questions from your genealogy research and to connect with fellow genealogy enthusiasts. Further links for research and genealogy forums are provided in the “About Community” section.