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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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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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Excellent reference library

A great library for genealogy research. Lots of good books that contain valuable information. Easy access and ingress/egress.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A great library for genealogy research. Lots of good books that contain valuable information. Easy access and ingress/egress.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

I could spend days here. Well I actually have. This library has a diverse collection of genealogical materials and the staff is friendly and helpful.

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Thank Kristie B
Humble, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

I am a little surprised when I find out how many people are clueless about this gem. According to what I have read Clayton is ranked as the third best Genealogy Library (not in the State of Texas) but in the Nation. I am a genealogy nut, the staff is friendly and very helpful. If you are an expert or... More 

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Thank BBtraveler19806
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I have been doing genealogy for over 35 years and I still find something new each time I visit the Clayton. I love the way the resources are organized so it is easy to find the area you are looking for if you only have a few hours to research. The staff is always helpful and no question is deemed... More 

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Thank GlendaKHouston_Texas
Wichita Falls, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 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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Thank beckym36
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

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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Thank SaintVitas
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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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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