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Texas History Hunters

This group is for anyone researching Texas ancestry, or for those interested in Texas history in general. Please come to the group willing to share and help others in their research

Location: Houston, Texas
Members: 134
Latest Activity: Feb 3, 2019


Have you had trouble looking for documents, obituaries, graves, or a location pertaining to your Texas ancestry? Members here will be assisting each other, according to their ability, to knock down brickwalls or just to offer tips and ideas.

Located in Diboll, Angelina Co., (east) Texas:

Sam Houston Research Center, Liberty, Liberty Co.

Discussion Forum

Tejas Gazette by Trevia Wooster Beverly

Started by Sherry Hightower Sep 1, 2011. 0 Replies

Staked Plains

Started by Deborah Dale. Last reply by Sherry Hightower May 28, 2011. 1 Reply

Guedry Cemetery, Batson Hardin County

Started by Sherry Hightower. Last reply by Sherry Hightower Sep 13, 2010. 4 Replies

Silsbee High School, Hardin County, Class of 1923

Started by Sherry Hightower. Last reply by Sherry Hightower Sep 4, 2010. 2 Replies

The Dallas Fire of 1860 or Texas Troubles

Started by Charlie Vines. Last reply by arnold shirek chamove Jul 16, 2010. 10 Replies

History of Montgomery County, 1952 (book)

Started by Sherry Hightower Jul 8, 2010. 0 Replies


Started by Sherry Hightower. Last reply by Dennis Ray Heckathorne Apr 22, 2010. 5 Replies

Denton County On Line

Started by Sherry Hightower. Last reply by Sherry Hightower Apr 16, 2010. 4 Replies

Some Historical Inaccuracies‏

Started by Sherry Hightower. Last reply by Russell Jordan Feb 24, 2010. 1 Reply

Texas State Troopers & the CSA

Started by Sherry Hightower Feb 9, 2010. 0 Replies

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Comment by Keith Hunter on August 25, 2014 at 3:12am

Hi Ya'll,

I just joined the group and am always interested in Texas history.  My little slice begins with Samuel G. Wells (gg-grandfather) who obtained a grant of the original Burnett colony in 1834.  That portion encompassed the current city of Palestine and a good segment of Anderson County.

Samuel first married Phebe Parker, the daughter of Elder Daniel Parker (a prominent member of the Provisional Government) and first cousin to Cynthia Ann Parker, in 1834.  He also rode with William T. Sadler's Mounted Rangers in early 1836.

Jump to current day, I am a displaced native Texan living in the Midwest and try to get back whenever I can.  So that's my story in a large nutshell.  You can see some of my work at

Comment by Charlie Vines on November 19, 2012 at 8:36pm

WANTED, Help transcribing books about Texas for


I have several ebooks about Texas (or a particular area of Texas) that I would like to transcribe / format for posting on the Texas county pages at Trails To The Past.  All of these books are in the ‘public domain’ (not copyrighted) and were written in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s. 


The books contain history about the state, Texas counties and cities as well as biographies (hundreds of them) about those who were instrumental in the formation of Texas as we know it today.


I am currently working on “Types of Successful Men of Texas” by Lewis E Daniell.  I have completed a bio on R. M. Page of Tarrant Co., TX ( and I am working on a bio about Oran Milo Roberts (17th governor of Texas).


I am looking for volunteers who would like to assist in the transcribing/formatting of these books.  No pressure.  You can work as much or as little as your schedule permits.  If you think you would be interested in helping, please contact me at




Charlie Vines

Comment by Charlie Vines on December 10, 2011 at 12:01pm

The team at spends time throughout the year researching and transcribing data for different states. All data that comes in is posted to the
appropriate county/state. During the first three weeks of December we are
focusing on Texas (the entire state). I currently host Dallas, Hunt, and
Lubbock Counties within the state. If anyone would be interested in posting any data related to Texas (or anywhere else for that matter), please forward it to me orto the appropriate county host and we will work to get it posted.

GenealogyTrails is dedicated to provided a resource for free genealogy data.
The main website is

Happy Hunting,

Charlie Vines
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Lubbock Count, Texas Host -
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Comment by Sherry Hightower on December 2, 2011 at 6:41pm
Comment by Angelo Andrews on November 14, 2011 at 5:48pm

Thanks Charles! I went to the Facebook group, I actually had a conversation with the organizer once before on


Comment by Charlie Vines on November 14, 2011 at 12:06pm

Angelo,  I don't think I can help you, but there is a group page on facebook for the Bracy/Bracey family.  The link is!/....  If you are on facebook, this might be a good place to visit. 


Comment by Angelo Andrews on November 14, 2011 at 9:06am

I am currently working on researching my mother's maternal grandfather, Calvin Bracy (sometimes spelled Bracey). He was born in between 1865-1870, lived in various TX counties: Brazoria, Harris, San Jacinto, and Walker. What I really want to find out is who his parents were.  I already know his mother was Lena Cline (Kline) possibly born in the 1830s, not sure if my great grandfather was her only child. I need to find records that state his parents names.  He was married four times: 1) Eliza Wright; 2) Lizzie Robinson; 3) Julia Harris, and 4) Sally Harrison.

Comment by victoria maria dykes on October 25, 2011 at 5:55am
I am trying to trace my ggg grandmother from Texas, The info I have is that on the marrage document on 3 july 1875 she was Jennie Spence married William E Rees in Galveston, Texas. 1878 she had a son Charles Wharton Rees (no birth record) between then and 1881 she emigrated to Swansea, Uk and listed her birth place as Illinois, USA, abt 1856.  William Rees - Custom officer born Swansea, Uk abt 1852.  Charles W birth galveston, Texas abt 1875. I cannot find any other records of them in america other than marrage and that only states their names. Any info or where I can get info greatly appriciated as i have hit a brick wall. Many Thanks and if i can help anybody I will.
Comment by Sherry Hightower on May 28, 2011 at 12:35pm

I was going over the postings and I see where Jammie stated he was denied access to a public record by the district clerk's office. This is one of my pet peeves. County gov't are subject to the Texas Open Records Act as the records are PUBLIC information, maintained with tax dollars from the....PUBLIC. There are records which understandably are exempted.

I don't know if Jammie ever got to view the records but if anyone else is having this problem, there is a way to obtain copies if you are willing to stay the course.

Here is a pdf put out by the Texas Office of the Attorney General titled "Public Information Handbook 2010" ... 

Here is an online page about "The Public Information Act" , including how to obtain records...

You can always get the record info from the index (book & page, etc) and ask for a copy. If they refuse because it is filed away...then go home and submit a Open Records Act Request for the document.

A web version of a request letter:



A text version:

Sample Texas Open Records Act Request 

Dear           ,

This is a request under the Texas Open Records Act, chapter 552 of the Government Code (formerly V.T.C.S. article 6252) as well as Article I, Sec. 8 of the Texas Constitution, the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, the common law of the State of Texas and any statue providing for public access to government information:

I request that I be sent copies of the following documents or, if there are a large number, be permitted to inspect the following documents and receive copies of the ones I would like:

        documents you want

If you have any questions about the nature or scope of this request, please   call me at the phone number listed below. If you determine that all or some   portion of the information requested is excepted from required disclosure,  I request that you provide me with the portions of the requested information that are public and reasonably segrable from that which you believe is excepted. If any records are in active use or in storage, please certify this fact in writing and set a date and hour within a reasonable time when the records will be available, as required by section 552.221 of the Act.

If you determine that all or some portion of the information requested is excepted from required public disclosure under a particular exception, I request that you advise me as to which exceptions you believe apply. If you rely on previous determination, please advise me of the applicable court decision
or Attorney General's opinion. If there is no such determination, please advise me of the request for such an opinion, as required under section 552.301 of the Act, and a dated copy of your letter to the Attorney General. I call your attention to section 522.353 of the Act, which  provides penalties for a
failure to release public records.

I am prepared to pay reasonable costs for copying, within the guidelines set   by sections 552.261, 552.262, 552.263, 552.267, 552.268, 552.269.

I appreciate your attention to this and expect to hear from your office within ten days.

Yours Sincerely,

Comment by Sherry Hightower on May 28, 2011 at 11:13am

Hey Troy!! Nice to see you here! Have you visited the PATE group yet?


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