and the Houston Public Library
(whose Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
is among the country’s best places to research your roots) have announced a collaboration to digitize some of the library's resources and post them online for free.
That includes county and local histories, registers of individuals, directories of Texas Rangers, church histories and biographical dictionaries. The records cover the years from 1795 to 1923.
The project will start with Texas records (yay for me; my Dad’s branch was in the Lone Star State for a time), followed by other Gulf Coast states. It'll take up to five years to complete.A few books are already digitized and free
(they're part of Brigham Young University's Family History Archive; you also can get there from FamilySearch by hovering over Search Records and clicking Historical Books).
You can browse; keyword search on a surname, author or title; or every-word search on any term. Your search results link to digitized images.
If a digitized book is among your Family History Library catalog
search results, the catalog listing will link to it.
The digitized Houston Public Library records also will be available free on the library's Web site.