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- Begin by recording what you know about your family tree. Start with yourself, and enter as much information as you know. You can build a FREE Family Tree Online You can also find free genealogy software and printable family trees at Genealogy Freebies to help record your information.
- Vital records — birth, marriage and divorce, and death — are the foundations of genealogical research. Genealogy records at Ancestry.com will also provide additional clues.
Use the search engines above to find if your ancestor's vital records are online; otherwise write to:
Bureau of Vital Statistics
Texas Department of Health
P.O. Box 12040
Austin, TX 78711-2040
Birth (since 1903) $11.00; Death (since 1906) $9.00
Marriage: County Clerk in county where license was issued.
Divorce: Clerk of District Court in county where divorce was granted. Cost varies.
- Use the Ancestor Search directory of hundreds of searchable genealogy databases that can help fill in the blanks on your family tree. Be aware that not all genealogy information is available online. If your names are not found in an online database, you may have to do some research offline. Try the
Texas State Library And Archives
P.O. Box 12927
Austin, TX 78711-2927
- If you do not know much about an ancestor, you may need to do additional research on his or her children first. For example:
- If you do not know when your ancestor was married, the birth date of the first child may give you the approximate time frame needed to search for the marriage records.
- If you do not know where your ancestor lived, finding the birthplace of the children may provide a clue.
- Collaborate with other genealogists researching the same families. You can search for them at the Texas Surname List database.
- Military records are an often overlooked source to obtain vital records. Learn how to send away to the National Archives for military service and pension records at Send to NARA for military records.
- For additional help and detailed instructions for tracing ancestors, go to Learning Center
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