Resources for Local History & Genealogy

The Marion & Ed Hughes Public Library's local history collection concentrates on Nederland and the Jefferson County area and is located in the Archive Room. The library does not collect genealogical material, except for a few titles of general interest and items that tie into the Archive Collection.

Microfilm Collection

The microfilm collection includes:

  • Jefferson County census reels from 1860-1930
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps that cover Beaumont, Nederland, Port Neches, and Port Arthur
  • MidCounty Chronicle from April 1932 - latest year available
  • MidCounty Review from June 1949 - September 1966
  • Peoples Press for 1929 (only known issues)



The library has copies of the Nederland High School yearbooks from 1927 through 2006. There are also a few copies of a school newsletter/paper called the Announcer. You can view the yearbooks online by clicking here.

City Directories

Nederland does not have a City Directory. It is included in the directories for Port Arthur and Beaumont. The library owns the following editions:

  • Port Arthur -- 1925, 1927, 1929, 1931, 1933, 1936, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1943, 1945, 1949, 1951-1953, 1956-1961, 1964, 1968-1969, 1971, 1972, 1975-1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989-1991, 1993-1996, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006
  • Beaumont -- 1974, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1985, 1989, 1991, 1994


Online Databases

The library also provides access to several online resources that may be helpful in your research.

Texas Digital Sanborn Maps
Sanborn maps are large scale plans of a city or town drawn at a scale of 50 feet to an inch. They were created to assist fire insurance companies as they assessed the risk associated with insuring a particular property. The maps list street block and building numbers including numbers in use at the time the map was made and previous numbers. They give a wealth of historical information, such as locations of buildings, owners names, type and purpose of structure, sometimes the date a building was built, building capacity, etc.

Heritage Quest
HeritageQuest Online™ combines digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records with the digitized version of the popular UMI® Genealogy & Local History collection. The local history collection offers more than 20,000 book titles, including nearly 8,000 family histories and over 12,000 local histories. Additionally, there are more than 250 primary-source documents such as tax lists, city directories, probate records, and more. Periodical Source Index (PERSI), is a widely recognized resource guide, updated annually, that covers more than 6,300 genealogy and history periodicals written in English and French (Canada) since 1800. There are other valuable collections such as the Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, which identifies more than 80,000 American military, naval, and marine officers and enlisted men. The forthcoming Freedman’s Bank Records is a database that documents more than 70,000 bank depositors and their dependants and heirs. The Freedman’s Bank Records is considered one of the most important resources for African-American genealogical research.

eBooks are available for browsing, searching, and virtual check-out. TexShare's eBook collection includes many titles about Texas history, as well as general history that may be useful in your research


Internet Resources

We've collected and organized links to some of the most useful sites on the internet. Whether you are researching a particular state or just looking for resource guides, the following are a great place to start! And don't foget to checkout the complete list here!
USGenWeb Project
Designed and maintained by volunteers this project provides links to genealogical resources in all 50 states. Includes maps, categories of references sources, links to other resources in the state, and links to the county pages. Links include genealogical and historical libraries, source materials, surname exchange lists.
Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet
Gateway site to the world of genealogy on the web with links to over 100,000 sites, mailing lists, ftp sites, etc. Includes over 150 categories of information.
The PBS site has been "retired." This is the companion site maintained by BYU Broadcasting. It includes basic information on beginning research, downloadable family tree charts and other genealogical forms.
Newberry Library
Site includes reference guides on such topics as Cherokee genealogy, French Canadian genealogy, Irish genealogy, as well as some state guides.
National Archives and Records Administration
Has online versions of many of its microfilm guides to census records, military records, etc. Actual original documents are limited at this time.
Geographic Names Information System
Developed by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the U.S. Board on Geographic Names this database contains almost 2 million features. Each feature is identified by its federally recognized name, its location, type (such as church, lake, park, etc.), elevation, estimated population (if city or town), and any other name by which it may be known.