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Welcome to Texas Genealogy Trails

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We do not have time to do research for your families
as this State is huge and devours all of our spare time. 

Texas is also in need of County Hosts.
It is our hope that most, if not all, of Texas' counties can have their own hosts, who can transcribe data and upload it to the county's webpage.

The State of Texas is available for adoption by regions.
We have separated it into regions in order to make it easier for it to be watched over.
If you're interested in adopting a county or a whole region in Texas - please view our

Volunteer Information Page
(html knowledge and a desire to transcribe data is required).



Texas history began around 10,000 BC when the first humans arrived in what is now Texas. Its history has been shaped by being part of six independent countries: Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederacy, and the United States. Before the arrival of Europeans, the state was a meeting point of many Native American cultural groups, notably the Plains and Southeastern cultural groups. In recent history the state has been shaped by the interactions of Mexican, Southern, Southwestern, Tejano, and German culture.

The history of Texas (as part of the United States) began in 1845, but settlement of the region dates back to the end of the Upper Paleolithic Period, around 10,000 BC. Its history has been shaped by being part of six independent countries: Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederacy, and the United States. Starting in the 1820s, American and European immigrants began arriving in the state; joined by Hispanic Tejanos they revolted against Mexico in 1836 and defeated an invasion army.

After a decade as an independent country, Texas joined the Union (the United States) in 1845. The western frontier state was characterized by large-scale cattle ranching and cotton farming. In the 20th century, it grew rapidly, becoming the second largest state in population 1994, and became economically highly diversified, with a growing base in high technology. The state has been shaped by the interactions of Southern, Tejano, Native American, African American, and German Texan cultures.

Texas is the only state in the U.S. to have three cities with populations exceeding 1 million: Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas.  There are 254 counties.

Origin of name - Texas, or Tejas, (te-haz) was the Spanish pronunciation of a Caddo Indian word meaning "friends" or "allies."   [source: wikipedia.org]

Photo by Kumar Appaiah CC BY-SA 3.0

State symbols

Bird: Mockingbird

Flower: Bluebonnet


Song: "Texas, Our Texas"

State Motto: Friendship


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Online Data



Latest State Website Updates:

Website updated and pages are mobile friendly; Governors of Spanish Texas, Mexican Texas, Republic of Texas (presidents), State of Texas

El Paso Street, c. 1903
El Paso TX
Galveston Seawall and Beach
Galveston, TX
bet. 1910-1920
Mexican Church
El Paso, TX
Cowboys, c. 1901
Adobe House, c. 1907
El Paso, Tx
Camp Wagon on a Texas roundup
c. 1900
Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX
Texas State Fair Entrance
c. 1908
Fort Davis, 1936
Texas Route 17,
Jeff Davis County, TX
Necessity, TX
c. 1920
Fort Worth, Tx
c. 1920
Waco, TX
c. 1910
Street Scene, San Benito -- 1901
Burkburnett, Texas,
January 20th, 1919
Capt. Nelson Merrell House
East of I-35 on Route 79,
Round Rock vicinity,
Williamson County, TX
Business Section of
Houston, TX -- 1921
 Pictures courtesy of Library of Congress

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