Welcome to the Genealogy Trails
website for the State of Texas.
Welcome to Texas Genealogy Trails. I am your host, Veneta McKinney. If you have data you wish to contribute, please email me. Hope you enjoy exploring our Great State!
Our goal is to help you track your ancestors through time by
transcribing genealogical and historical data and placing it online for the free use of all researchers.
We would very much like to make you part of this project.
If you have information that you’d like to share about any town, family, county or subject, please send it to us and we’ll make sure it gets posted to the right county. We are looking for Biographies, Obituaries, Newspaper Stories, History and Family stories.
If you would like to help us by submitting information we will gladly post it on our websites.
We do not have time to do research for your families
as this State is huge and devours all of our spare time.
Texas is also in need of County Hosts.
It is our hope that most, if not all, of Texas’ counties can have their own hosts, who can transcribe data and upload it to the county’s webpage.
The State of Texas is available for adoption by regions.
We have separated it into regions in order to make it easier for it to be watched over.
If you’re interested in adopting a county or a whole region in Texas – please view our
Volunteer Information Page
(html knowledge and a desire to transcribe data is required).
THE STATE OF TEXAS
Texas history began around 10,000 BC when the first humans arrived in what is now Texas. Its history has been shaped by being part of six independent countries: Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederacy, and the United States. Before the arrival of Europeans, the state was a meeting point of many Native American cultural groups, notably the Plains and Southeastern cultural groups. In recent history the state has been shaped by the interactions of Mexican, Southern, Southwestern, Tejano, and German culture.
The history of Texas (as part of the United States) began in 1845, but settlement of the region dates back to the end of the Upper Paleolithic Period, around 10,000 BC. Its history has been shaped by being part of six independent countries: Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederacy, and the United States. Starting in the 1820s, American and European immigrants began arriving in the state; joined by Hispanic Tejanos they revolted against Mexico in 1836 and defeated an invasion army.
After a decade as an independent country, Texas joined the Union (the United States) in 1845. The western frontier state was characterized by large-scale cattle ranching and cotton farming. In the 20th century, it grew rapidly, becoming the second largest state in population 1994, and became economically highly diversified, with a growing base in high technology. The state has been shaped by the interactions of Southern, Tejano, Native American, African American, and German Texan cultures.
Texas is the only state in the U.S. to have three cities with populations exceeding 1 million: Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas. There are 254 counties.
Origin of name – Texas, or Tejas, (te-haz) was the Spanish pronunciation of a Caddo Indian word meaning “friends” or “allies.” [source: wikipedia.org]
Photo by Kumar Appaiah CC BY-SA 3.0
TEXAS STATE CAPITOL AT AUSTIN
Song: “Texas, Our Texas”
State Motto: Friendship
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3. HILL COUNTRY
7. GULF COAST
To the southwest, across the Rio Grande, Texas borders the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León,and Tamaulipas.
To the southeast of Texas is the Gulf of Mexico.
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