Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum: 1-35 and University Parks Drive | PO Box 2570, Waco, TX 76702-2570 | (254) 750-8631
Texas Ranger Research Center: Official State Library and Archives of the Texas Rangers
to Research a Texas Ranger Ancestor & Other Research
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before e-mailing us.
Each the Research
Center receives more than 3,500 inquiries related to
the Texas Ranger service of individuals or in-depth research. The
following information answers most of the questions we receive about
how to research ancestors who may have served in the Texas Rangers.
The procedures below have been established to schedule on-site research
or to arrange for research services by mail.
Can you check the list and tell me if my ancestor was a Ranger?
We regret that there is no master list of all
Texas Rangers. Finding evidence of service requires
examination of state records, archives, photographs, books and magazine
articles. This can be done (1) by an
on site visit in Waco or (2) a mail-in
request and payment of a service fee.
an On-Site Visit
contact us to make an appointment to use the Research Center in
To Make an
call Amanda Crowley or Christina Stopka at 254-750-8631 between
9 am and 3 pm M-F CST. Or e-mail us by Clicking
use the address email@example.com
Standard charges apply for photocopies and photo duplication. We
ask that researchers pay museum admission as the TRHFM does not
receive State or Federal funds.
about fees for commercial use or Staff assistance for unusually
time-consuming research. The Center is closed
Saturdays and Sundays. Please call if weekends
are the only time you can visit.
Ranger Research Center offers a low-cost genealogy
research service for those unable to come to Waco.
Fee: There is a $25 per name non-refundable
fee to defray expenses.
Center receives no State or Federal funding. Donations in excess
of the fee are gratefully accepted.
A search of available sources may require several hours -- we conduct
in-depth research in company rosters, enlistment warrants, photos,
published sources, indexes, etc.
the personal significance of Texas Ranger service to many families,
so we diligently use every available resource.
allow 8-12 weeks depending upon backlog of requests.
Resarch for Books, Movies, Television, Magazine Articles, Theses,etc.
encourage authors, producers and others needing in-depth research
for special projects to schedule time with Research Center
Staff and make an on-site visit. The
staff will be glad to discuss the extent of our holdings that
might be of use in advance of a visit.
to limited staffing, we
cannot answer inquiries
requiring extensive research by phone or email.
this is not possible, and time is available, we may be able to
make sone materials available by mail. Please send a detailed
written description of the information needed to:
Texas Ranger Hall of Fame
The staff will determine holdings
and provide an estimate for research, duplication and shipping. Please
to 8 weeks for response.
Many Rangers were there?
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 currently no State or public funding for such
a project. Tax deductible donations in support of such projects are
gratefully received. Click
here to contact the Staff about supporting the Texas
Ranger Research Center. Thank you.
and Badge Research
Center has general information about badges and firearms used by the
Texas Rangers. The museum staff will be glad to examine photos or the
documentation associated with these items and share our thoughts.
Please be aware
that the Staff is not permitted to authenticate or appraise firearms
or badges. Any firearms or badges offered for sale with alleged Texas
Ranger connections should be rigorously researched -- and a return
guarantee obtained in writing before purchase. Please see our page
on fraudulent badges Here.
Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum P.O.
Waco, TX 76702-2570