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Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research

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Address: 5300 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77004-6896
Phone Number: 832-393-2600
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Wonderful collection

This is a fabulous collection, one of the best in the country. I spent an entire day perusing the books and didn't even scratch the surface. It's located in the beautiful museum... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is a fabulous collection, one of the best in the country. I spent an entire day perusing the books and didn't even scratch the surface. It's located in the beautiful museum district with easy free parking right out front. I took a short walk from there over to Lucille's for lunch, also a winner.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

The Clayton Library is a wonderful place to spend the day fulfilling research on ancestors. The amount of research materials is amazing and is by far the best place in Houston for genealogy searches. The facilities are beautiful with off-street free parking, vending / lunch area, and plenty of table space. The staff is very helpful. Word of caution, leave... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

The Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research is one of three special collection libraries within the Houston Public Library system. With that said, it is a genealogy library, and most archival collections relating to area history are located at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center downtown. As far as genealogy goes, Clayton has pretty much everything that every other major genealogy... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013 via mobile

As a long time, experienced genealogist, I had heard nothing but raves about the Clayton. I planned a special trip to do research there. I was underwhelmed. Having done research at both the Dallas and Fort Worth genealogy libraries, I can say the Clayton is no better than these, and in some areas lacking. Dallas has a much larger family... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

Clayton Library is one of the best genealogical libraries in the United States. They have in their collection all the actual rolls of microfilm for every US census taken between 1790 and 1930. They have thousands of books on every state in the US (cemeteries, local histories, early marriages, land sales, probate records, etc). Since Clayton is a city library... More 

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Katy (Houston), TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2012

I treat myself to a visit a couple of times a year. It's nice to hold an actual book of facts I need instead of just looking them up online. Plus, there are a lot of resources you can't see online - you have to either check out a book or go to the library. Some of the books you... More 

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