Updating old storage: Freeman Library Digital Media Lab
(However, presently no in-person access to Houston libraries)
This lab offers you the ability to digitize your slides and negatives, vinyl records, VHS and cassette tapes, 8mm and Super 8 films. A short orientation course is required before reservation can be made with any equipment in the Digital Media Lab.
They also have a floppy reader to be used with computers onsite so those files can be moved to a USB drive. Library is located at 16616 Diana Lane, Houston, Texas 77062 (Clear Lake City), 832-927-5420.
These are a few of our favorite web sites:
Clayton Library Friends (CLF)
Daughters of the Republic of Texas (DRT)
National Genealogical Society (NGS)
Portal to Texas History
SMU Digital Collections
Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) (local)
Sons of the Republic of Texas (local)
Texas Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)
Texas State Genealogical Society (TxSGS)
General Genealogy Websites
Free! Records and databases for the genealogist.
Ancestry Message Boards
Over 25 million genealogy posts on more than 198,000 boards.
Ever try entering extracted census data into your genealogy program’s primitive text editor? … Using a spreadsheet is a great way to record your genealogy data in a format similar to the original source. Genealogy-related spreadsheets and also blank forms for hand-entry are available free.
Conference Keeper (new 6-29-2020)
“The most complete Calendar and Collection of Genealogy Events on the Internet”
Free! Cindi Howells’ List of Genealogy Sites.
Dead Fred’s Genealogy Photo Archive, a free, fun photo genealogy research web site devoted to helping you visualize your heritage!
Family Search is a free research site offering millions of records, many with images available for the original records, and flexible search capabilities.
Family Tree DNA
DNA tests can help find family, break through brick walls and trace migration routes of ancestors. Local to Houston, this is the company whose founder developed the very first DNA test for genealogy.
A source for family history buffs to find genealogical research originally posted in GenForum and other genealogy articles. Lots of databases (free and paid).
GenSmarts is a utility that uses artificial intelligence to analyze your existing genealogy file and produce research recommendations. These recommendations can be specific to the library or facility you are reseaching at, and therefore can be great for trip planning! GenSmarts reads your data directly – it doesn’t require a Gedcom export. It works with over a dozen popular genealogy progams, including Roots Magic, Family Tree Maker and PAF.
Hobby Help – Geneaolgy
A beginner’s lesson on how to start.
How to Gather Family Information
A good spot for beginners to start.
Historic New Orleans Collection
The Historic New Orleans Collection has launched a new version of its online catalog. The new site makes the institution’ s entire cataloged collection of books, manuscripts, maps, photos, art, and ephemera accessible to the public for the first time. The online catalog presents three ways to search: by keyword, advanced search, and collections themes. Researchers will also have access to more than 17,000 images, view-able in a gallery where they can be enlarged or compared side-by-side.
Linkpendium is being developed by Karen Isaacson and Brian Leverich, founders of the extremely popular RootsWeb genealogical community site. “The first thing we’re doing is building a directory of everything relevant to genealogy on the Web.” As of 9/2006, it has 5,097,259 genealogy links.
Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness
Volunteers have agreed to do a free genealogy research task at least once per month in their local area as an act of kindness.
Random Acts’ Family Tree Encyclopedia
Terminology meanings of genealogical terms
One of the oldest (formerly known as Family Origins for Windows) and most powerful family tree building software packages, Roots Magic offers free trial downloads of their software to ‘try before you buy’.
Free! Owned by Ancestry.com. Lots of databases!
Ship’s Passenger Lists
To find names of ancestors who immigrated to the United States generations ago.
Texas Historical Commission
The state agency for historic preservation. We save the real places that tell the real stories of Texas.