04 June 2012

News - Portal to Texas History

Check out this issue of Beyond the Bytes, the newsletter of the "Portal to Texas History" project at the University of North Texas. You can subscribe to the newsletter via e-mail or connect with them on Facebook.

Hot news this month includes:
  • The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History contributed a selection of its Moses and Stephen F. Austin papers.
  • The National Museum of the Pacific war added transcribed interviews of Texas veterans' experiences in World War II.
  • Newspapers added to the Texas Digital Newspaper Program include The Texas Posten Swedish-language newspaper (1896–1902), The (Galveston) Representative—first Texas newspaper with an African American editor (1871–1873), and The El Paso Morning Times (1913–1918). Search in Swedish and Spanish are supported where appropriate.
  • War Department Field Manuals, Technical Manuals, posters, and newsmaps.
  • The Digital Frontiers conference focusing on digital resources for research, teaching, and learning (genealogists are invited as well as historians, librarians, educators, students, and technologists)—September 21-22.

© 2012, Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, All Rights Reserved


  1. I've never knowingly set foot in Texas, but the Portal was a big help in writing the kinship determination project for my portfolio, which followed my Indiana/Illinois family to Wharton County. Glad to hear they are growing.

  2. Harold,

    As you have seen, the Portal to Texas History at UNT is invaluable in doing research in Texas. While our state has lagged behind others in making digital resources available, the last few years have seen many worthwhile additions. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission have digitized many records. The Texas General Land Office has an ongoing project digitizing land files and other related records.

    And the Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS) is donating to these and more to help preserve records important to the family history of Texans. Many of these digital projects would not be as far along without the support of TSGS.

    Now if I can just keep my list of links to Texas resources up-to-date.