Welcome to the Genealogy & Local History Room


Phone:  936-788-8363 ext. 6249
Email: librarygenealogy@countylibrary.org

Address:
104 I-45 North
Conroe, TX 77301

936-788-8363 x6249

Hours

Monday and Friday – 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday – 9:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday – 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday – CLOSED

Materials of the Genealogy & Local History Room are non-circulating and are for reference only.

Genealogy Department is located on the 2nd Floor near the elevator.

Department Statistics

Open since 1976
At current location since 1994
Square footage –  5,500
Staff – 4

  • 3 public computers with Internet, Microsoft Office, 3 digital microfilm readers, catalog access
  • Computers and digital readers accept flash drives
  • 1 print station
  • 1 photocopier
  • 1 book scanner (*saves to flash drive)
  • Wireless Internet access - No password required. Printing not available through wireless access
  • Family History Center Affiliate Library: visit Family Search to view the Family History Center catalog
  • InterLibrary Loan with MCMLS library card
  • Specialized and skilled genealogy and local history reference assistance
  • Programs and classes: visit the current calendar
  • Multimedia collection: books, databases, microfilm, maps, vertical files

The Genealogy and Local History Room was established in 1976 due to the efforts of Imogene Kennedy, first genealogy librarian, and the Montgomery County Genealogical Society. What began as a 100 volume collection in the balcony of the old library building has grown to a 5,000 square foot facility with over 30,000 items. Staff and volunteers have also created a Montgomery County Obituary Index database for those researching local families. Currently, the genealogy and local history collection is one of the largest in the state of Texas. New resources are added continuously.

Discover details for your family tree by connecting to multimedia resources, attending classes, and visiting with staff to chart your journey. Let staff provide guidance through the library's books, databases, surname vertical files and microfilm. The book section is comprised of several sections: family histories, United States, states, counties, local history, religious history, foreign books and periodicals. Books are arranged alphabetically by surname or state. State books are further divided into two sections: general and county. There are four genealogy research databases: Ancestry Library Edition, fold3, Heritage Quest, and Historic Map Works. They are available for use on three public computers. Wi-fi and power strips are available for laptops. New digital microfilm readers provide special enhancements for microfilm and are flash drive compatible.

Montgomery County Cemetry Books Local History Books
The Courier (newspaper): 1911-2014 Montgomery County Marriage Records
Montgomery County News (newspaper): 1922-1955 Harris County Marriages 1937-1931
Conroe City Directories: 1948, 1953, 1957, 1960, 1962-63, 1966, 1968, 1970-73, 1975-78, 1980, 1982, 1984-88, 1990-95 Dawes Rolls (Native American)
Nacogdoches Archives Tennessee Land Grants series
Texas County Records series 19th Century Military Records
Texas Rangers Service Records Texas Convict Record Ledgers
Texas Adjutants Record Collection: 1861-1884 Texas Voter's Registrations 1867-1869
Mississippi Territory Records Southwest Louisiana Records (Hebert)
South Louisiana Records (Hebert) William & Mary Quarterly series 1, 2 and 3
Local Yearbooks - Conroe High School (The Flare): 1938-2010 (no 1965, 1975, 1976, 2011 or 2012)
Caney Creek High: 2003-2006
McCullough High: 1977-1994, 1997-2001, 2006
Montgomery Elementary: 1995-2000

(Have a spare yearbook? Genealogy will accept local yearbook donations)

 

American Ancestors – Resource provided by the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). (In Library Use Only)

Ancestry Library Edition – Genealogy research database with over 4,000 databases and counting. The library edition provides access to United States and International records. (In Library Use Only)

fold3 – Collection of US history resources - includes US military records, photos, naturalization records and more. (Use from home or the library)

Heritage Quest – Genealogy research database with United States census information, historical books, Revolutionary War Pension files, and the Periodical Resource Index (PERSI). (Use from home or the library)

Historic Map Works – Searchable library of historic maps and city directories from any rural areas. Overlay maps into Google Maps to view current and old geography. (Use from home or the library)

Obituary Database Search – Library created searchable database offering an obituary index from two local newspapers: The Courier and The Montgomery County News. Currently the database covers 1911-1912 & 1993-2001 of the Courier and 1922 of the Montgomery County News. The database is updated weekly. To request a full obituary report, complete the Obituary Request Form. (Use from home or the library)

The Portal to Texas History – Contains collections across Texas from 1829 to present. Search the Conroe Courier & the Montgomery Chronicle as early as 1896. (Use from home or the library)

Texas Digital SanBorn Maps – Created for fire insurance liability beginning in 1867, these maps show many buildings located in cities throughout Texas. (Use from home or the library)

 

Learn Genealogy

Learn how to expand genealogical and historical research skills from home with these tutorials:

Ordering Family History Center microfilm

Researching Your Family Tree

About the Genealogy & Local History Room

Genealogy Websites Quick Guide

Specialty Libraries

Houston is home to many specialty libraries that may be of use in your search. Some of these include:

Holocaust Museum Houston
The Texas Medical Center (TMC) Library