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Local History and Genealogy

Please contact the Local History Desk if you have a question about genealogy, searching for your ancestors or the history of Tyler. Some of our collection and resources are summarized below.

Tyler and Smith County

Highlights and popular items from our Tyler and Smith County, Texas holdings include:

Smith County Chronicles & Indexes

Cemeteries of Smith County (5 volume set)

Smith County Marriages (vol. I: 1846-1899, vol. II: 1900-1926)

Abstract District Court Minutes (1847-1857)

Obituaries of Tyler, Texas Newspapers (1905-1915)

Smith County Probate Records (1846-1880)

Texana

Our Texana Collection consists of over 400 titles collected on or about the state of Texas. Holdings include histories, business/economics, biographies, architecture and wildlife/flora/fauna. Notable holdings include:

 

East Texas Historical Journal

New Handbook of Texas

Handbook of Texas

Texas Almanacs

Papers of the Texas Revolution

Rare Book Collection

Our rare book shelves contain over 600 rare or out-of-print items about Texas, the local area and other subjects. Some of these include:

 

Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas

Camp Ford

Local historical works

School annual yearbooks

    • Tyler High School
    • John Tyler High School
    • Robert E. Lee High School
    • Tyler Junior College  

Tyler city and "Kriss Kross" directories

Early city and county maps

Microform Materials

Federal Decennial Census (various states and years)

Index of Compiled Service Records of Texas Confederate Soldiers

Texas Almanac (various years)

Tax Rolls of Texas Counties (various counties and years)

Indices of Texas Birth and Death Records

 

Newspapers on Microfilm

The following holdings are available but not indexed:

 

Tyler Morning Telegraph: Sept. 1973, Jan. 1981 - Current

Tyler Courier-Times: March 1905 - Oct. 1995

Early Tyler newspapers (incomplete runs): 1859 - 1935

Various county newspapers (Grayson, Hood, Fannin)

Troup Banner: Sept. 1903 - Dec. 1977

Texas Republican, Marshall, TX: May 1849 - June 1869

Lindale News: Jan. 7, 1965 - Dec. 1983

Partnerships and Affiliations

East Texas Genealogical Society

 

All regular membership meetings are held at 2 p.m. on the 2nd Saturday of the month at the Tyler Public Library in Taylor Auditorium. The computer interest group, when scheduled, meets after the regular meeting.


Smith County Historical Society

 

The Smith County Historical Society was founded in 1959 by individuals and local businesses dedicated to discovering, collecting and preserving data, records and other items relating to the history of Smith County, Texas. They operate a museum across the street from the library at the corner of Elm and College St.