Genealogy Resources at the Tyler Public Library

The Tyler Public Library is located in Tyler, Texas. It was founded in 1899 as a subscription library by the Tyler Federation of Women’s Clubs and located above the old Tyler Electric Company offices. In 1904, it moved into its own building donated by Andrew Carnegie on College Avenue. The Tyler Public Library has genealogy resources.

It is recommended that genealogists contact the Local History Desk at the Tyler Public Library if they have a question about genealogy or a question about searching for their ancestors. The Local History Desk can also answer questions about the history of Tyler. Genealogy resources at the Tyler Public Library include:

Tyler and Smith County Resources:
Highlights and popular items from their Tyler and Smith County, Texas holdings
* Smith County Chronicles & Indexes
* Cemeteries of Smith County (5 volume set)
* Smith County Marriages (vol. 1: 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)

The 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
Over 600 rare or out-of-print items about Texas, the local area, and other subjects, including:
* Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas
* Camp Ford
* Local historical works
* Tyler High School annual yearbooks
* John Tyler High School annual yearbooks
* Robert E. Lee High School annual yearbooks
* Tyler Junior College annual yearbooks
* 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

In addition, the Tyler Public Library has access to FamilySearch. The Library also has partnerships and affiliations with the East Texas Genealogical Society and the Smith County Historical Society.

Related Articles at

* Texas Research

* Texas Genealogy

* State Archives Online – Texas to Utah

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