Research

Bell County Historical Commission - The commission maintains a copy of obituaries published in The Belton Journal from 1913 through 1967.  The collection is indexed by surname.  Follow the links to view the index for surnames beginning with the letters:


        A - C         D - H         I - N         O - R         S - T         U - Z


Direct requests for copies to the commission.  Their office, in the Historic Courthouse at 101 E. Central Avenue (first floor, room 305) in Belton, is staffed by volunteers Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to Noon.  Visit their office or contact them by telephone at 254-933-5917.  Contact them by email at HistoricalCommission@bellcounty.texas.gov, or through the mail at P.O. Box 712, Belton, TX  76513-0712.


Bell County Genealogical Society obituary request - To request the society conduct a search of local newspapers (The Temple Daily Telegram and The Belton Journal), complete and submit the form via email or US mail.


Register of Births Bell County Book A - Abstract includes names and dates.


Goodeville Cemetery - Abstract of burial sites.


Salado Museum Guide - Prepared by the society, this guide is organized by surname and refers users to associated items/information in a collection of folders and books.  For each surname, the guide provides a brief description of the item (for example letters, certificates, applications (to DAR and similar organizations), newspaper articles, pictures, family histories, family group sheets, ancestor charts, biographical sketches, marriage records, post cards, and books), and the folder/book that includes the items/ information.  NOTE:  Salado Museum, formerly Central Texas Area Museum, has the folders but recently donated some of the books referenced in the guide to the Salado Library.  The items at the museum may be viewed by appointment only.  Check with the library concerning availability of the books donated by the museum.  The society hopes the guide will be useful to you and apologizes for any difficulty created by the separation of the collection.


Bell County Probate Index - Prepared by the society, this is an index to probate records at Bell County Courthouse dating from the 1850s to the 1930s, with several records of earlier/later dates and others without dates; index is sorted by surname.  Probate records referenced in this index are available for review at:


   Bell County Clerk - Shelley Coston
   Bell County Justice Center
   1201 Huey Road
   Belton, Texas  76513

   Email:  Shelly.Coston@bellcountytexas.gov

   Office Hours:  Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

   Mailing Address:  P. O. Box 480, Belton, Texas,  76513
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Bell County Clerk's Office

City of Temple

Temple Public Library​​ (main page)


Temple Public Library (search) - Search their holdings using keywords such as "genealogy" and "history."  Note the option to limit a search to "new items."


Microfilm Index for Temple Public Library - Prepared by the society, this is an index (sorted by record type) to microfilm available for viewing at the library as of June 2011.  The library's microfilm collection extends beyond Texas records to states such as Arkansas, Alabama, and South Carolina, and includes for example church, court and deed records, store ledgers, and newspapers.  These are just examples.  Please take a look at the index for records and locations of interest to you.  The index details the type of records and location and dates covered.  Follow the link at the top of the index for library hours and contact information.


Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum (Temple Collection)


Czech Heritage Museum and Genealogy Center (Collection includes Bell County obituaries)​


The Portal to Texas History - A gateway to rare, historical, and primary source materials from or about Texas.  Created and maintained by the University of North Texas Libraries, the Portal leverages the power of hundreds of content partners across the state to provide a vibrant, growing collection of resources.


The Ancestor Hunt - Texas Online Historical Newspapers Summary ​- This site provides links to free online archives of newspapers published in many towns and cities across Texas.


​​Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center - Located in La Grange, Texas, the TCHCC preserves and promotes the history, language, culture, and heritage of Czech Texans who trace their ancestry to present-day Czech Republic or the former Austro-Hungarian Empire (including Bohemia, Moravia, Silesia, and Slovakia).​


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GETTING ACQUAINTED WITH REVISED FIND-A-GRAVE.COM

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Thanks to Dr. Bainbridge for allowing us to make his file available for download from our website.

RESEARCH TIPS


--If you did not find a record in Austin for a birth or death that occurred in Temple, be sure to look at City of Temple for the record.  Births and deaths that occurred in Temple are recorded there and transferred to Austin.  However, there is the possibility a record did not transfer. 


--Use the 1910 United States Federal Census to see whether the subject of your research was reported as "a survivor of the Union or Confederate Army or Navy."  Look in column 30 for "UA" (Union Army), "UN" (Union Navy), "CA" (Confederate Army), or "CN" (Confederate Navy).  Also look for military service and pension records.


View a variety of research tips at:


Genealogy Tip of the Day 


Genealogy Search Tip of the Day

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