Welcome to the Genealogy & Local History Room

Central Library
104 I-45 North
Conroe, TX 77301
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Phone: 936-788-8363 ext 6249
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Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday - Thursday 9am - 9pm
Friday & Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday Closed

Bookdrops remain open during closings and holiday hours.

2017 Holiday Closings Calendar

November 10-11: Veteran's Day
November 22: Close at 5:00 p.m.
November 23-25: Thanksgiving
December 23-26: Christmas

2018 Holiday Closings Calendar

January 1: New Year's Day
January 15: Martin Luther King Day
February 19: Presidents Day
March 30 - 31: Good Friday
May 28: Memorial Day
July 4: Independence Day
September 3: Labor Day
November 12: Veteran's Day
November 21: Close at 5:00PM
November 22 - 24: Thanksgiving
December 22 - 25: Christmas


Public Computers Public Computers* Wi-Fi Wireless Internet
Photocopier Photocopier (b/w) Printer Printer (b/w)
Microfilm Digital Microfilm Reader* Scanner Book Scanner*
Photocopier Preservation Pad

*Computers and digital readers accept flash drives. Book scanner saves to flash drive.

  • Family History Center Affiliate Library: visit Family Search to view the Family History Center catalog
  • InterLibrary Loan with MCMLS library card
  • Specialized and skilled genealogy and local history reference assistance
  • Programs and classes: visit the current calendar
  • Multimedia collection: books, databases, microfilm, maps, vertical files
  • Obituary requests

The Genealogy and Local History Room was established in 1976 due to the efforts of Imogene Kennedy, first genealogy librarian, and the Montgomery County Genealogical Society. What began as a 100 volume collection in the balcony of the old library building has grown to a 5,000 square foot facility with over 30,000 items. Staff and volunteers have also created a Montgomery County Obituary Index database for those researching local families. Currently, the genealogy and local history collection is one of the largest in the state of Texas. New resources are added continuously.

Discover details for your family tree by connecting to multimedia resources, attending classes, and visiting with staff to chart your journey. Let staff provide guidance through the library's books, databases, surname vertical files and microfilm. The book section is comprised of several sections: family histories, United States, states, counties, local history, religious history, foreign books and periodicals. Books are arranged alphabetically by surname or state. State books are further divided into two sections: general and county. There are four genealogy research databases: Ancestry Library Edition, fold3, Heritage Quest, and Historic Map Works. They are available for use on three public computers. Wi-fi and power strips are available for laptops. New digital microfilm readers provide special enhancements for microfilm and are flash drive compatible.

Montgomery County Cemetry Books Local History Books
The Courier (newspaper): 1911-2016
Montgomery County Marriage Records
Montgomery County News (newspaper): 1922-1955 Harris County Marriages 1837-1931
Conroe City Directories: 1948, 1953, 1957, 1960, 1962-63, 1966, 1968, 1970-73, 1975-78, 1980, 1982, 1984-88, 1990-95 Dawes Rolls (Native American)
Nacogdoches Archives Tennessee Land Grants series
Texas County Records series 19th Century Military Records
Texas Rangers Service Records Texas Convict Record Ledgers
Texas Adjutants Record Collection: 1861-1884 Texas Voter's Registrations 1867-1869
Mississippi Territory Records Southwest Louisiana Records (Hebert)
South Louisiana Records (Hebert) William & Mary Quarterly series 1, 2 and 3
Local Yearbooks:
Conroe High School (The Flare): 1938-2010 (no 1965, 1975, 1976, 2011 or 2012)
Caney Creek High: 2003-2006
McCullough High: 1977-1994, 1997-2001, 2006
Montgomery Elementary: 1995-2000

Have a spare yearbook? Genealogy will accept local yearbook donations

Preservation Pad

The Preservation Pad is a service to help individuals convert their print, photographic, and analog media into a digital format, thus helping them preserve and share previous family memories and moments for generations to come.

Learn more about our Preservation Pad

The Preservation Pad is set up into four distinct stations with state of the art equipment to help in this process:

ScanCenter Kiosk / Kodak Photo Scanner

Wolverine F2D Mighty Scanner (for slides and film)

Funhai VHS to DVD Converter


Learn Genealogy

Learn how to expand genealogical and historical research skills from home with these tutorials:

Ordering Family History Center microfilm

Researching Your Family Tree

About the Genealogy & Local History Room

Genealogy Websites Quick Guide

Microfilm Finding Aid

The link below contains an inventory of the state and county microfilm housed in the Genealogy department as of October 2016. Records are organized alphabetically by state, then county, and lastly by title:

State and County Microfilm Inventory - 2016

Specialty Libraries

Houston is home to many specialty libraries that may be of use in your search. Some of these include:

Holocaust Museum Houston
The Texas Medical Center (TMC) Library

American Ancestors – Resource provided by the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS). (In Library Use Only)

Ancestry Library Edition – Genealogy research database with over 4,000 databases and counting. The library edition provides access to United States and International records. (In Library Use Only)

FamilySearch – Database provided by the largest non-profit Genealogy organization in the world. As an Affiliate Library the Central Library allows access to roughly a quarter of the 1.5 billion+ images that have been digitized by FamilySearch, with hundreds of thousands or records available for free outside of the library. Record access is available for both United States and International records. (Use from home or the library)

Fold3 – Collection of US history resources - includes US military records, photos, naturalization records and more. (Use from home or the library)

Heritage Quest – Genealogy research database with United States census information, historical books, and Revolutionary War Pension files. (Use from home or the library)

Historic Map Works – Searchable library of historic maps and city directories from any rural areas. Overlay maps into Google Maps to view current and old geography. (Use from home or the library)

Obituary Database Search – Library created searchable database offering an obituary index from two local newspapers: The Courier and The Montgomery County News. Currently the database covers 1911-1912 & 1987-2001. of the Courier and 1922 of the Montgomery County News. The database is updated weekly. To request a full obituary report, complete the Obituary Request Form. (Use from home or the library)

PERSI – The PERiodical Source Index is a comprehensive index of articles and records in historical, genealogical, and ethnic publications. There are more than 2.7 million fully-searchable entries that allow you to discover new records and resources you may not have encountered elsewhere. (Use from home or the library)

The Portal to Texas History – Contains collections across Texas from 1829 to present. Search the Conroe Courier & the Montgomery Chronicle as early as 1896. (Use from home or the library)

Texas Digital SanBorn Maps – Created for fire insurance liability beginning in 1867, these maps show many buildings located in cities throughout Texas. (Use from home or the library)