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Genealogy Success Story-Clois Richardson

Clois Richardson started researching his family history about 20 years ago after receiving a pedigree chart from a cousin at a family reunion. He noted some needed additions and decided to find the correct facts.

This led Clois to the Genealogy, History & Archives Unit of the Fort Worth Library. Clois found some very helpful people and many files and state books that were of interest to him including: Texas, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. He located land records, wills, birth indices, marriage indices, burials and family history books. Clois also participates in the DNA program from Family Tree DNA.

Using these resources, Clois found many ancestors living in various states. His most recent ancestors lived in Texas, coming from Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina and even Virginia just after Jamestown.

Clois used this information to plan genealogy research trips to Salt Lake City, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. He visited local libraries, state archives, cemeteries, and county courthouses.

At almost each of these locales, Clois found living relatives, many living on the same farms and some in the same houses as his ancestors. His family was a large family. Clois has one great-great-grandfather who had 25 children. Researching in these places has allowed Clois to accumulate over 13,000 relatives with over 32,000 sources and over 1200 photographs in his files.

Clois’s advice for a beginning researcher is to encourage everyone to start at your local genealogical library and look at everything pertaining to your family and the states they lived in. He also encourages the use of electronic databases. Clois emphasizes that we are fortunate living here to have the Fort Worth Library and all of its available resources.

The Genealogy, History & Archives Unit of the Fort Worth Public Library is located in the lower level of the Central Library. It has a large collection of family history data including federal census, books, periodicals, and online databases. The Genealogy Collection’s emphasis is on the southern and Midwestern states and the thirteen original states, although most of the United States is represented. Limited materials on foreign countries, particularly Great Britain and Western European nations, are also available. The collection includes over 40,000 volumes, 9,500 rolls of microfilm (primarily U.S. Census and City Directories), 180,000 microfiche, 80,000 microcards, and several hundred maps.

We invite you to visit the Central Library to begin or continue your family research journey. Who knows, you may even meet Clois!

Clois Richardson

Last updated: Aug. 6, 2013

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