Hill Country Resources


This will eventually be a list of what I consider to be well-researched and authoritative resources available on the web for Texas Hill Country History researchers.  This resource page should begin showing content late September.

Library & Archives Research – Texas Hill Country

Texana and Genealogy Page – San Antonio Public Library – This page gives a list of programs offered by SAPL related to Texana, as well as PDF files of the South Texas Researcher, their departmental newsletter.

TARO – Texas Archival Resources Online.  Start here.  Searchable database of archival finding aids from a variety of archives across the state.  Participating institutions include Texas State Library and Archives, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Archives (Alamo), Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, and San Antonio Municipal Archives.

Sophienburg Museum and Archives – Chronicles the German immigration movement to Texas and includes an extensive collection of over one million photographic images, newspapers, dating from 1852 to present day, over 2,000 oral history recordings, thousands of original written records, government and church records, and genealogical information.   Located in New Braunfels, Texas.

UTSA Special Collections – Provides access to a rich array of primary source material documenting life and history in San Antonio and south Texas.  The collections’ strengths include urban development and architecture, regional authors, Mexican cookery, women and women’s history, and the Texas-Mexico border region.  An ongoing digitization project provides access to a number of photographs and oral histories.

Texas German Dialect Project – Offers resources and links to Texas German history in addition to its primary purpose of documenting speech research on German-speaking Texans.

Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library – Part of the Alamo complex in San Antonio, Texas, this library has been developed and is supported and maintained by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas for the use of all researchers.  The catalog contains both book records and finding aids for archival collections.

Other useful links

Handbook of Texas Online – Provides an encyclopedia of Texas towns, people, events, etc., and works well as a first stop for background information and some in-depth information on certain topics.

Portal to Texas History – Gateway to Texas history materials. Contains everything from an ancestor’s picture in a college yearbook to a rare historical map.  Schreiner’s Logan Library is an active contributor to PTH, though many items are not currently visible.  We are workin’ on it!


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