Local History & Genealogy

"Libraries offer, for free, the wisdom of the ages and sages and,

simply put, there's something for everyone inside".

~~Laura Bush, Former First Lady


Founded in 1841, Marshall has a rich and interesting history.  The library has a permanent collection of books, articles, and newspaper archives about Marshall, Harrison County, and the surrounding areas available for in-house viewing.  Additional historical information and resources are also available from the following:

Handbook of Texas Online*

The Handbook of Texas is a multidisciplinary encyclopedia of Texas history, geography, and culture. It comprises more than 25,000 articles on people, places, events, historical themes, institutions, and a host of other topic categories.

Harrison County Historical Museum

The Harrison County Historical Museum owns one of the largest collections of photographs, documents, books and artifacts relating to the early settlement of Marshall, Harrison County, and Northeast Texas.

Harrison County Hometown Heroes

This interactive database, sponsored by the Harrison County Historical Museum, is dedicated to all service members with a connection to Harrison County.  Users may search by name, service, or add a new profile of local service members.  

Marshall News Messenger Archives

Explore Marshall News Messenger editions dating back to 1849. 

The Portal to Texas History*

The Portal is a gateway to Texas history materials which include anything from an ancestor's picture to a rare historical map. From prehistory to the present day, unique collections from Texas libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, genealogical societies, and private family collections can be found here.

Texas Historical Commission*

The Texas Historical Commission is the state agency for historic preservation. The staff consults with citizens and organizations to preserve Texas' architectural, archeological and cultural landmarks and is recognized nationally for its preservation programs.

Texas Digital Sanborn Maps (via TexShare Databases)

Historical maps for Marshall and other Texas cities.  Once logged in, click on the "Genealogy and History" tab to get started.

(*use keyword search terms such as Marshall and Harrison County to locate area information)




The largest online family history resource (viewable only at the library due to licensing agreements but a personal subscription is available at www.ancestry.com)

Find a Grave

Free resource for finding the final resting places of family members, friends, and famous folks.

Harrison County Genealogical Society

The research collection includes historical information in the form of books, journals, maps, pictures, microfilm, microfiche, scrapbooks and much more which may be useful to researchers of Harrison County history and genealogy.

Harrison County Research Center

Provides opportunity to explore the past of Harrison County and Texas via photographs, books, artifacts, and documents and is part of the Harrison County Historical Museum.

Heritage Quest Online (via TexShare Databases)

Research materials to trace family lineage.  Once logged in, click on the "Genealogy and History" tab to get started.

Texas State Library Genealogy Resources

Includes microfilm of the federal census schedules for all states through 1910, selected states from the 1920 & 1930 censuses, printed family and county histories, and a variety of Texas government records plus a whole lot more!


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