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Research standards

This database is a work in progress. Library staff have made every effort to verify the information presented in the database utilizing as many primary resources as possible; occasionally, however, sources are silent or provide conflicting information. Users should carefully review any explanatory information provided.

Genealogical research in the Texas Legislators: Past and Present database is based on the Genealogical Proof Standard of the Board for Certification of Genealogists. When presenting biographical information about members of the Texas Legislature, we adhere to the following five elements:

  1. Reasonably exhaustive research has been conducted.
  2. Each statement of fact has a complete and accurate source citation.
  3. The evidence is reliable and has been skillfully correlated and interpreted.
  4. Any contradictory evidence has been documented.
  5. The conclusion has been soundly reasoned and coherently written.
Any biographical information is subject to re-evaluation when new evidence arises.

Photos and Images

Photos found in the database are used with the permission of the individuals or institutions which own the original images. Permission to use or reproduce photos must be provided by the owner of the photo.

  • For photos provided by the Texas State Preservation Board, contact the Texas State Preservation Board graphics coordinator at 512-475-3060.
  • For photos provided by the Texas Senate, contact Senate Media at 512-463-0300.
  • For photos provided by the Texas House of Representatives, contact House Photography at 512-463-1392.

Online Databases

Ancestry.com Operations Inc.
Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 1774–Present
Office of the Clerk, United States House of Representatives
Senate Historical Office, United States Senate
Intellectual Reserve, Inc., a service provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Find a Grave
Find A Grave, Inc.
Datatrace Systems
Handbook of Texas Online
Texas State Historical Association, distributed in partnership with the University of North Texas
HeritageQuest Online
ProQuest LLC
Historical Election Results (1992–Current)
Texas Secretary of State
Heritage Microfilm, Inc.
Political Graveyard: A Database of Historical Cemeteries
Lawrence Kestenbaum
Texas State Cemetery
State Cemetery Committee
TXGenWeb Project: Texas Genealogy and History
TXGenWeb Project, hosted by rootsweb, an ancestry.com community

Printed Material

Call numbers indicate location within the collection of the Legislative Reference Library in Austin, Texas.

Apportionment Laws of Texas from 1836–1950
Legislative Reference Division, Texas State Library, 1950
L1937.8 AP61
Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845
House of Representatives, Texas Legislature, 1942
L1800.5 B52
Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas
F.A. Battey & Company, 1889
976.4 B52 1889
Biographies of Legislators
Texas Legislaure, 1965–77, 1993–97
L1800.5 B523
Capitol Women: Texas Female Legislators, 1923–1999
Nancy Baker Jones and Ruthe Winegarten
University of Texas Press, 2000
328.764 J722C
East Texas: Its History and Its Makers
Thomas Clarence Richardson and Dabney White
Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1940
976.4 R396E 1940 V.1–4
Greenbackers, Knights of Labor, and Populists
Matthew Hild
University of Georgia Press, 2007
973.8 H543G 2007
History of Texas and Texans
Francis White Johnson
American Historical Society, 1914
976.4 J631H 1914 V.1–5
House Journal
House of Representatives, Texas Legislature, 1846–Present
Members of the Texas Congress, 1836–1845; Members of the Texas Legislature, 1846–1992
Senate Engrossing and Enrolling, Texas Legislature, 1992
L1800.5 M512 1992-1, 1992-2
Members of the Texas Congress, 1836–1845; Members of the Texas Legislature, 1846–2004
Secretary of the Senate, Texas Legislature, 2005
L1800.5 M512 2004 V.1–2
Members of the Texas Legislature, 1846–1962
Texas Legislature, 1962
L1800.5 M512 1962
Members of the Texas Legislature, 1846–1980
Texas Legislative Council, Texas Legislature, 1980
L1800.5 M512 1980
Presiding Officers of the Texas Legislature
Texas Legislative Council, Texas Legislature, 2006
L1800.5 OF3 2006
Roster . . . Legislature, State of Texas
Texas Legislative Service, 1947–Present
L1800.5 R739
Senate Biographies
Senate, Texas Legislature,1973
L1803.5 SE55 1973
Senate Journal
Senate, Texas Legislature, 1846–Present
Senators of Texas
Senate, Texas Legislature, 1975
L1803.5 SE55 1975
Texas Official General Election Returns
Texas Secretary of State,1936–1996
324.764 T312
Tejano Struggle for Representation
John P. Schmal
Houston Institute for Culture, 2004
Texas Almanac and State Industrial Guide
A.H. Belo and Company; Texas State Historical Association; and other publishers; 1925–Present
317.64 T31A
Texas Bar Journal
State Bar of Texas, 1938–Present
Law Reviews
Texas House of Representatives: A Pictorial Roster 1846–1992
House of Representatives, Texas Legislature, 1992
L1801.1 P589
Texas Legislative Handbook
Legislative Associates, Inc.; Texas State Directory Press, Inc.; and other publishers; 1979–Present
L1800.5 R735
Texas Legislative Manual
E.W. Swindells; Texas Legislative Council; and other publishers; 1879–Present
L1400.5 L524M
Texas Senate (see also Texas Senators)
Senate Media Services, Texas Legislature, 1979–1991, 2001
L1803.5 SE55
Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836–1861
Patsy McDonald Spaw
Texas A&M University Press, 1990
L1803.1 SE54 V.1
Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861–1889
Patsy McDonald Spaw
Texas A&M University Press, 1999
L1803.1 SE54 V.2
Texas Senators (see also Texas Senate)
Senate Media Services, Texas Legislature, 1993–1999, 2003–2009
L1803.5 SE55
Texas State Directory
Texas Publishing Co., Inc.; Texas State Directory Press, Inc.; and other publishers; 1946–Present
920 T3D

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