Some 35,000 settlers resided in Texas in the fall of 1835--on the eve of the Texas Revolution. In the span of almost ten years, ending when Texas was annexed by the United States in 1845, this number grew to over 100,000 residents. The purpose of The Texians database is to identify as many individuals as possible within this dynamic population. In addition, we have recorded important detail about most of these pioneers, such as when they originally entered Texas, where they came from, and in many cases, their family and economic status within the newly formed republic. Importantly, all entries in the database are based on official government sources, including land records, tax records, voter records, and more.
Whether used to trace family ancestors or to study the activities and movements of these early Texans, the database should prove a valuable tool for historical research. Never before has so much data about the individual citizens of the Republic of Texas been assembled into a single and widely accessable source.
To achieve maximum benefit from your search, we strongly recommend that you read the background information we have prepared. The Data Sources section describes in some detail the origin of the various records in the database. Only by fully understanding the origin of this data, and the purpose for which it was first recorded, can one draw accurate conclusions from the database searches. In addition, the Search Guidelines section provides tips that will help make your database searches more focused and productive.
There are now approximately 14,500 records in the Texians database. Considering that a few of the records from multiple sources will sometimes apply to the same person, we estimate that the records represent more than 14,000 different individuals that lived in the Republic of Texas.
Source records for The Texians database are grouped into the categories listed below. More detailed information for each of these sources is available by selecting the desired category. The categories are:
A knowledge and basic understanding of the way the Texian Database is set up is key to making efficient queries into the records it contains. The following should be kept in mind as you conduct your search:
Several lists and other tools useful in the research of Texas history and genealogy have been compiled by Lone Star Junction and provided for your use. They include:
Lone Star Junction gratefully acknowledges the contributions, sponsorship and active participation of the following individuals and organizations:
The single most significant contributor to the information in The Texians database is Gifford White, a native of San Saba in central Texas. After countless weeks and months that turned into years and decades, White has abstracted early records maintained in the General Land Office and at the State Archives. Tens of thousands of these records were then stored on his computer, and some of this data was collected and published in several of White's books, including 1830 Citizens of Texas and the three volume 1840 Citizens of Texas.
White has generously made this data available to form the core of The Texians database. For all his contributions, White is a true friend of Texas. In the relatively short time that I have known him, he has also become an enthusiastic supporter of Lone Star Junction.
Many others have provided guidance and encouragement--over a period of many years--to myself and literally thousands of other researchers digging into Texas' rich history. In particular, I would like to recognize Donaly Brice and other staff at the Texas State Archives, Ralph Elder and the staff at the Center for American History at the University of Texas, and Galen Greaser and others at the Texas Land Office for their many years of support to Texas historians in general.
We hope that you enjoy The Texians database section of Lone Star Junction.
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