The Texas State Library and Archives Commission houses a vast collection of documents related to Texas government and history and provides a variety of reference services and materials for free public use at the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building in Austin and the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center in Liberty.
Free access to our records that have been digitized by Ancestry is available to Texas residents. This access requires you to create a free Ancestry.com Texas account. Continue reading for further instructions.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I already have an Ancestry.com account?
All the records made available through the Ancestry.com Texas partnership are included in your Ancestry.com subscription. Your search results will include all of the records available on Ancestry.com.
Why am I asked to set up a paid account?
Some Ancestry.com searches may lead you to records outside the free Texas material, at which point you may be prompted to set up a paid account. If you choose not to do so, you may return to the results of your previous search.
Onsite researchers may access the entire Ancestry (Library edition) database while at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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Why can't I find what I’m looking for in the records?
Most of the Texas data collections have been indexed, which means you can search by name, location, or other keywords. Records that have not been indexed can be browsed page by page to see what data is available.
What Texas materials are available?
The following data collections are included free to Texans via Ancestry.com:
- Alabama, Texas and Virginia, Confederate Pensions, 1884-1958
- Texas, Prison Employee Ledgers, 1861-1938
- Texas, Muster Roll Index Cards, 1838-1900
- Texas, Wills and Probate Records, 1833-1974
- Texas, Convict and Conduct Registers, 1875-1945
- Texas, Court of Criminal Appeal Indexes, 1892-1947
- Texas, Capitol Building Payroll, 1882-1888
- Texas, Memorials and Petitions, 1834-1929
- Texas, Bonds and Oaths of Office, 1846–1920
- Texas, Index Card Collections, 1800-1900
- Texas, Voter Registration Lists, 1867-1869
- Nacogdoches, Texas, Spanish and Mexican Government Records, 1729-1836
- Texas, Land Title Abstracts,1700-2008 (original records held by the Texas General Land Office)
Follow these steps to create free Ancestry.com Texas account:
Free access to Ancestry.com Texas is available to Texas State residents.
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- Type in your zip code in the box found at the bottom of this page. This will take you the Ancestry.com Texas search page.
- Type in your search parameters (name, birth year, location, etc.) and run your search. The search results will include matches from only the data collections.
- Click on any of the items shown in the results list. You will be redirected to a "Create a Free Account" page. Do not click on any “Start A Free Trial” button. If you have an existing Ancestry.com Texas or paid account you may proceed to the “Sign In” link in the upper right corner.
- On the “Create a Free Account” web page, type in your name, email address, and create a password. Click on the “Continue” button.
View any of the data collections listed above at anytime by signing into your free account at Ancestry.com.