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Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research

Address: 5300 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77004-6896
Phone Number: 832-393-2600
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Ranked #161 of 448 things to do in Houston
Type: Libraries, Traveler Resources
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Type: Libraries, Traveler Resources
Tue 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wed 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Houston, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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19 attraction reviews
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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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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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24 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
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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