Terrell County, Texas | Resources

Last modified: 27 MAR 2010

The FREE genealogical resources of the Church of the Latter Day Saints (Mormons), mostly taken from the 1880 Census. The search uses Soundex so is useful for screening for names you may have had difficulty finding

Family History Center
Del Rio Texas
1315 Kings Way
Del Rio, Val Verde, Texas, United States
Phone: 830-775-4511
Hours: T, W 7pm-9pm, Th 9am-12pm

Family History Center
1901 S Texas St
Pecos, Reeves, Texas, United States
Phone: 432-447-6222
Hours: T 10am-2pm;Th 6pm-9pm

Family History Center
Odessa Texas
5401 JBS Pkwy
Odessa, Ector, Texas, United States
Phone: 432-362-0440
Hours: T,Th 9am-9pm; W 9am-5pm, 7pm-9pm
Closed: Major holidays. 2 weeks over Christmas & New Years.

If you are researching outside of Terrell County, search for a Family History Center nearer you.

FamilySearch Pilot | Search by Collection offers many sources by state, including Texas Deaths, 1890-1976. These are Texas Death Certificates searchable by name, location, dates, and by the name of the mother and/or father. The database is quite finicky. If you have access to Ancestry.com, try finding basic information in their Texas Death Index, 1903-2000 first, then look in the FamilySearch Pilot.

Find-a-Grave has improved vastly over the years. I've been able to find birth and death data here, relationships, photographs, biographies and obituaries. Remember, keep your searches loose.

Search the Federal Census, books, PERSI, the Revolutionary War, and the Freedman's Bank. Check *FIRST* with your local library. Some states and counties provide free access to their members.

Social Security Death Index
This searchable database provides birth and death dates, as well as where the person resided when they died, and where they applied for their Social Security card.

Dallas Public Library Genealogy Section
The Genealogy Section under the auspices of the History & Social Sciences Division contains a collection for family history research that is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the southern half of the United States. You can look up and print out death certificates here for 25 cents, rather than the $25.00 you're charged going through the state.

Terrell County Courthouse
105 East Hackberry, Sanderson, TX 79848; Phone: (432)345-2421
County Clerk 432-345-2391.
Terrell County Public Library 432-345-2294
Terrell County Museum 432-345-2936

Terrell County Historical Commission
PO Box 7
Sanderson, TX 79848

Hispanic and Tejano Genealogy Resources

Library of Texas Online
Get a TexShare login ID and search the History and Genealogy departments of libraries throughout Texas, along with Project Gutenberg, the Library of Congress and TSLAC (Texas State Library and Archives Commission).

The South Texas Archives
a division of the James C. Jernigan Library of Texas A&M University-Kingsville, was established to preserve and to make available to the public documentary materials about the history and natural history of South Texas. The Archives are housed in Baugh Hall with the entrance facing Richard Street. Offices are located on the second floor.
South Texas Archives, James C. Jernigan Library, MSC 197
Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Kingsville, TX 78363-8202
(361) 593-2776 It is advisable to call and make an appointment to use the Archives.

Texas Trans-Pecos Library System in the El Paso Public Library, includes the The Border Heritage Collection: the Southwest Collection, the Mexican American Collection, Genealogy, the online Photo Collection of Otis A. Aultman, the Yearbook Collection, and more.

The Portal to Texas History, Search results for Hudspeth County, Texas

Texas Tech University, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library. Contains several items for Dell City.

Catholic Diocese of El Paso, including St. Teresa's at Fort Hancock.

The Grand Masonic Lodge of Texas
If your ancestor was a Mason in Texas, the Grand Lodge may have a record. When last I checked they charged $10 a record. You might also try the local office to which your ancestor belonged. Contact the Grand Masonic Lodge of Texas:
715 Columbus Street, Waco, TX 76701
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 446, Waco, TX 76703
Phone: 254.753.7395, FAX: 254.753.2944, Email

Mexican Border Crossing Records, from the National Archives. Indexes to microfilm that may be ordered through interlibrary loan. Records begin around 1903.

American Indian Records available on microfilm at the National Archives in Fort Worth, Texas

Borderland Book Store
Specializing in Hispanic History and Genealogy. Look here for hispanic surnames.

The Texas Rangers Hall of Fame and Museum, with research information

Ancestors from Germany
BallinStadt Family Research Center
Research assistance for those whose ancestors came to America via Hamburg, Germany.

Native American Ancestors
Dawes Rolls
Searchable database of Native Americans registered on the Dawes Rolls of the Five Civilized Tribes.

Other Resources
AOL Hispanic Genealogy Group Home Page
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
Kindred Trails: Worldwide Genealogy Resources - Linking the World Together with Roots

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