Additional Genealogical Resources

Neighboring Counties

Fannin
Lamar
Red River
Hunt
Delta
Franklin
Titus
Morris
Van Zandt
Rains
Wood
Camp
Upshur

Hopkins County

Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce – The Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce  website provides business resources, contact information for local businesses, and news of upcoming events.

Front Porch News – a link to local news website

 

Hopkins County Courthouse – official website of the County of Hopkins with information about each county office and the historic Hopkins County Courthouse.

Southwest Dairy Museum – information about tours at the museum

Texas

Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas – Published in 1889 with 944 pages of biographical info, with a full name index. Note: Mostly east/north and much of central Texas, not a lot from west or far south Texas.

Gammel’s “The Laws of Texas” – H.P.N. Gammel’s The Laws of Texas (1822-1897) has long been one of the most important primary resources for the study of Texas’ complex history during the 19th century. His monumental compilation charts Texas from the time of colonization through to statehood and reveals Texas’ legal history during crucial times in its development.

Handbook of Texas History Online – A great resource for historic events and biographies of memorable people related to Texas. Various free databases to search.

Portal to Texas History – Historical Texas documents digitized by the University of North Texas. It includes many newspapers, legal documents, and more.

Prints and Photographs Collections – From the Texas State Archives, it includes over 750,000 images.

Texas Archival Resources Online – TARO (Texas Archival Resources Online) makes descriptions of the rich archival, manuscript, and museum collections in 40+ repositories across the state available to the public. The site consists of the collection descriptions or “finding aids” that archives, libraries, and museums create to assist users in locating information in their collections.

TexasCourthouses.com – check out this website for details on Texas courthouses

Texas Digital Archive –  “The Texas Digital Archive (TDA) manages, preserves, and facilitates access to the electronic records collections of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, including those transferred by State agencies or digitized by the State Archives. All records visible in this portal are unrestricted and available for public use.”

Texas General Land Office Archives – Resources in the online Archives and Records of the Texas General Land Office include 2.5 million full-color scanned documents, as well as basic information on all documents constituting the Land Grants of the General Land Office. Detailed research on nearly 45,000 Land Office maps, sketches and drawings ― some dating back more than 300 years ― can be done on the Searchable Map Database.  Easily search for ancestors with the alphabetized GLO Surname Index.

Texas State Genealogical Society – information about the State Society and upcoming events

Texas State Library and Archives Commission – Genealogy Department – Information about the archives and available documents.Archived government records dating back to the 18th century, as well as newspapers, journals, books, manuscripts, photographs, historical maps, and other historical resources. Some indexes and finding aids are available online

The Olden Times – a website featuring various Texas newspaper articles

TXGenWeb Project – County webpages contain useful online databases, historical background information, contact information, and much more. (free)

TXGenWeb Project Archives – search the archives for your ancestors

USA

Bureau of Land Management – Provides free 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 1820 and the present. They also have images related to survey plats and field notes, dating back to 1810.

Chronicling America – Free site to search America’s historic newspaper pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress

Dead Fred –  A free repository of abandoned photographs from all over the US collected and put on line in hopes of finding family members to claim them. Searchable by surname, location and more.

Family Search – Family history and genealogy records administered by the LDS. Site is free but requires registration to view images. There are also images not included in the online search that can be viewed plus others on microfilm that can ordered. The ordered film has a small fee charged.

Find-A-Grave – Excellent free website for finding burials and cemeteries.

Genealogy Branches – This free site has listings of online County histories, biographies and indexes. Listings are by State and then by County.

USGenWeb Project Archives – view the state pages and archives.Archived material from US GenWeb project websites. Older material, some from websites that are no longer active.

USGenWeb Project Home Page – learn about the USGenWeb Project and sources available. Free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.

USGenWeb Search Engine – search the state archive pages

Helps

Ancestry.com Wiki – This wiki is a free website that is editable by anyone. For example, anyone can edit, update, or add articles, and a wiki can tap into the strengths and experience of a community. Every change that is made is saved so if someone makes a change that turns out not to be right, it’s easy to revert to an earlier version. As users make changes, they include reasons for their changes, so that others can see what happened and why. If there is ever a conflict about a change, each article has a discussion page, where users can figure out the best way to go.

Behind the Name – Look up a first name or a surname to see its origin and meaning.

Billion Graves – This is another free website used for locating burials.

Cyndi’s List – over 64,000 links at your fingertips. Free website that gives a comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.

EllisIsland.org – website dedicated to finding your immigrant ancestors. This is the original free Ellis Island research site. Search your relatives by names – or even partial spelling.

House of Names – Coat of Arms, name, and surname origins. There is a free version and more detailed information can be purchased for a fee.

Linkpendium.com – genealogy links to many sites

National Archives – In particular select the “Research Our Records” tab, then select “Access to Archival Databases (AAD)

Newspapers online, by State – The Ancestor Hunt website has a page dedicated to Newspaper research, how-to’s and loads of links to digitized newspapers!

NGS Guidelines – Guidelines recommended by the National Genealogical Society for the benefit of those who wish to improve their skills and performance in genealogical pursuits.

Maps

State of Texas Map Collection – several links to Texas maps provided by the State of Texas

Mapquest – view maps for anywhere in the U.S.

Texas Dept. of Transportation Maps – view Texas County Highway maps

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection- This collection is from the University of Texas at Austin and includes more than 250,000 maps.

Texas County Formation Maps– County formation and Census maps of Texas