The Official Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco, Texas
Texas Ranger Research Center: Frequently Asked Questions
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Frequently Asked Questions

Research CenterDo Many People Research at the Texas Ranger Research Center?

Each year the Research Center staff receives 3,500+ on-site and mail requests for Texas Ranger related research. These projects include family histories, television productions, movies, novels, biographies, school research papers and artifacts esearch.

Can you check and see if my ancestor was a Ranger?   
Can You Check "the List"?

Please click here for information.

Does a Negative Result "Rule Out" Texas Ranger Service?

Many administrative records were lost or destroyed over the years as a result of fires and decisisons to "weed out" administrative files.

Further challenges are posed by changes in the administration of the Texas Rangers -- from Mexico to the Republic of Texas, to the State of Texas to the Confederate State of Texas, back to the Adjutant General's Office of the State of Texas to the Texas .

The roll of Texas Rangers will likely never be complete, but it becomes more comprehensive and diverse every day. It now includes women as well as individuals of Anglo-European, African-American, American Indian and Asian descent.

A major part of the Texas Ranger Research Center records consists of information donated by families who have pieced together the history of a Ranger ancestor. Families may misplace their records over the years, but with your support, information deposited with the Research Center will be here for generations.

Why do you charge to research my ancestor(s) by mail?

The Research Center receives no state or federal funding, and the staff is small (1.4 personnel positions). Our budget is raised primarily through museum admissions, nonprofit store sales and donations. A small fee is charged to defray expenses.

Do I get a refund if you don't find my ancestor?

Sorry, but our costs are the same; it requires just as long to check the records and determine that a person cannot be found.

Contact Information:

Texas Ranger Research Center
T exas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum
P.O. Box 2570
Waco, TX 76702-2570

Phone: (254)750-8631
FAX: (254)750-8629
E-Mail: Click Here

Please remember the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in your charitable giving. About 80% of our annual budget and all improvements are funded through admissions, museum store purchases and donations. We receive no state of Texas or federal funding. Tax deductible donations may be made to: Texas Ranger Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 2570, Waco, TX 76702-2570.

Thank you for your support.


The Official Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco, Texas