I consider these websites to be the most valuable of those I visit frequently when doing research. If you are having trouble finding a database covering a particular subject, send an email to "Hugh Swift" and I will try to help. If you find one of these URLs has quit working, notify me by email and I will make repairs.
LDS Church site in Utah has 1,000s of ancestral files to search plus the entire
1880 US and Canadian Census. The largest genealogical reference base.
Almost Three Million names and associated family trees. One caution - the information shown has not necessarily been proven.
TEXAS VITAL RECORDS
Information on obtaining Texas Birth and Death Certificates, plus the County Clerk
address and telephone number for all 254 counties. Hint: Remove "tx.html" from the url and get a full US Index.
Texas marriages 1966 through 2001
Texas divorces 1968 through 2001
HANDBOOK OF TEXAS ONLINE
A reference book addressing Texas history, geography, and culture. A must have
URL for your bookmarks (favorites).
THE CATHOLIC ARCHIVES OF TEXAS
This site has manuscripts, rare books, death/birth records, photographs, and personal papers which go back well before Texas gained independence
SEARCH USGenWeb PROJECT ARCHIVES
USGenWeb Project Archives with tons of genealogy material catagorized by state. Hint: Read all the "search tips" to realize the full value of the
SEARCH CALLAHAN COUNTY TXGenWeb ARCHIVES
This is a sub-page of the USGenWeb Archives with material relative only to Callahan County, Texas
CIVIL WAR PENSION APPLICATIONS
Texas State Library Archives database of civil war pension applications. The one place left with reasonable "copy fees" which at ten cents per page is a real bargain.
CIVIL WAR VETERANS
Over 5 million names of Civil War veterans (north and south) most with unit of assignment.
SOCIAL SECURITY DEATH INDEX
Database begins in earnest in 1964 (a few in 1962-63) but if the individual was not drawing benefits from social security he will normally not appear on the list. There are some exceptions but not of major concern. Updated monthly!
TEXAS GENERAL LAND
The General Land Office offers a searchable database of the land grant collection. The Land Grants of Texas tell the story of the settlement and early history of Texas. In addition there is a section on genealogy and older Texas maps.
TEXAS LANDMARKS AND VANISHED COMMUNITIES
The main database covers all 254 Texas Counties.