Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum: 1-35 and University Parks Drive | PO Box 2570, Waco, TX 76702-2570 | (254) 750-8631
Research Center: How to Research a Texas Ranger Ancestor & Other Research
AND ANNE ARMSTRONG
RANGER RESEARCH CENTER
State Designated Official Repository of the Texas Rangers
The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame was added to the museum in 1976. In addition to the memorial and a gift shop the building included a small 15' x 18' library and a reading room. The Moody Foundation provided a startup grant thanks to the generosity of Mary Moody Northern. Over the years it grew to include the service records of Rangers, criminal case files, photographs, correspondence, books and documents going back to the 1830s.
In 1997, the Texas Legislature recognized its service and designated the renamed Texas Ranger Research Center as official repository for archives and memorabilia related to the Texas Rangers service. It is a "sister" instiution to the Texas State Records Center and Archives in Austin, collaborating and augmenting its collections.
Each year the Center staff assists thousands of students, teachers, genealogists, authors, and film producers on a myriad of projects. The historical research capabilities of the staff, and collections of case files, have have been employed by law enforcement agencies in researching decades-old "cold cases."
After three decades of service, the small Research Center was in need of renovation and space. Between 2003 and 2005 alone, more than 105,000 items were added to the archives.
Responding to this need, the family of the late Tobin and Anne Armstrong joined with the Texas Ranger Museum to lead a fund drive to improve and remodel the Research Center. In appreciation,the Center was renamed for the late Tobin and US Ambassador Anne Armstrong and their ancestor, Texas Ranger John B. Armstrong.
RESEARCHING A TEXAS RANGER ANCESTOR
The Armstrong Texas Ranger Research Center receives 3,000 to 4,000 research inquiries per year. The following procedures have been established to better serve our on-site guests and distant researchers.
an On-Site Visit
We are glad to work with researchers on-site in Waco. Please call for an appointment so that we may discuss your needs and schedule time.
While we attempt to accommodate drop-in researchers, priority is given to those who make an appointment and reserve time with staff.
The Research Center is open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday. These hours are subject to change without notice.
To Make an Appointment
Please call 254-750-8631 between 9 am and 3 PM Monday - Friday CST. Or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Personal Use and Non-profit Fees
Nominal Charges apply for photocopies and photo duplication.
Commercial Use Fees
Commercial (for profit) use is subject to fees in support of the Armstrong Center. Contact us for further information about fees and allowable commercial use. The Center is closed Saturdays, Sundays and most major Federal holidays.
If you are unable to visit during normal operating hours, please contact us at least two weeks in advance. This will allow us to determine whether we are able to schedule staff to meet with you outside of normal hours.
Researching Individual Texas Rangers by Mail
The Texas Ranger Research Center offers a low-cost service ($25 per name) for those unable to come to Waco.
This service is intended to assist personal research oflimited scopesuch as verifying the Ranger service of a specific individual. These requests should be submitted by mail using the form below.
Questions? Need help planning a research strategy? Please contat us at 254-750-8631 or by email at email@example.com.
For more detailed research related to books, feature articles, film projects and academic papers please call us at 254-750-8631, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be glad to discuss your project and schedule a research appointment.
Texas Ranger Hall of Fame Armstrong Research Center
P.O. Box 2570
Waco, TX 76702-2570
The Armstrong Center receives no State or Federal funding for this service. To defray expenses, there is a non-refundable fee of $25.00 per name or research question that covers a fraction of the cost.
Donations in excess of the fee are gratefully accepted and qualify as tax exempt donations.
TIME FOR RESPONSE: Please allow up to 8 weeks for response.
We strive to answer as promptly as possible, however the Armstrong Center receives more than 3,000 reearch inquiries per year. A thorough search may require several hours in company rosters, enlistment warrants, photos, published sources, indexes and man other sources.
COMPLETENESS: The Texas Ranger records are far from complete— over the centuries loss, fire, floods and discard of papers have destroyed much evidence. We add "new" Texas Rangers to the permanent files every year, some with evidence that has survived in family records.
Many Rangers were there? The
Staff adds a biographical file for every Texas Ranger as they are identified
or join the service. We estimate that there have been 8,000 to 10,000
Texas Rangers since 1823. Due to gaps in the records, a negative result
may not rule out service as a Texas Ranger. Many service records
were lost over the past 180 years due to floods, fires and state administrative
decisions not to keep certain records. "New" Rangers are found
every year and added to our files.
will an index of all Texas Rangers be available? There is no State
or public funding for such a project, so work proceeds as time is available. Tax
deductible donations may be made in support of our work to build biographical
files on all known Rangers. Click
here to contact the Staff about supporting the work of the Texas
Ranger Research Center. Thank you.
and Badge Research: For reasons of liability the staff
is not permitted to appraise or authenticate items. For firearms appraisals
we suggest reviewing Flayderman's Guide to Antique
American Firearms and Their Values as a general guide. Seek
the services of a qualified antique firearms appraiser (check references!)
for current market values.
The majority of what appears on the
market with alleged Texas Ranger connections depend on hearsay or third-hand information. Unfortunately, most items on the market cannot be authenticated beyond a reasonable doubt. False or poorly substantiated
letters of authenticity abound. A written return guarantee should be obtained
before purchase. Please click here for
our page about fraudulent badges.
Ranger Research Center
texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum P.O.
Waco, TX 76702-2570