Museum Exhibit Space
A series of rotating exhibits make up the FHMA museum space. The current major exhibit is "Winter in Fayette County," featuring historical winter snow scenes, stylish furs and other winter clothing from the 1920s-1940s, and hand-pieced and hand-quilted vintage quilts. The exhibit will be on display until at least mid-March.
Resources in the Archives
The staff will do lookups in many of the resources listed below. E-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org and don't forget to thank them for this wonderful service. Please note that, while they will look up specific information for you, they cannot research your lineage for application to the various heritage organizations. That task is yours to enjoy! The archives contain a wealth of information for anyone researching a Fayette County family. Plan to visit soon!
The online catalog contains many but not all of the archives' collections.
Cemetery Listings with Indexes
Lookups are available by surname in the archives' extensive database of Fayette County burials. You do not need to know the name of the cemetery and you do not need to limit your request to a specific person.
The archives' database includes marriages from 1838 until 1995.
Microfilm of Census Records
1850, 1860 Census Records
Austin, Bastrop, Colorado, Fayette, Gonzales, Lavaca, Washington & other counties
This also includes Mortality Schedules and Slave Schedules.
1870, 1880 Census Records
Austin, Bastrop, Colorado, Fayette, Gonzales, Lavaca, Washington & other couties
This also includes Mortality Schedules.
1890 Special Census
Union Veterans & Widows of Union Soldiers in the Civil War
Regular 1890 census records for Fayette County were destroyed.
1900, 1910, 1920, 1930 Census Records
Austin, Bastrop, Colorado, Fayette, Gonzales, Lavaca, Lee, Washington & other counties
1850-1880 Texas Census Indexes
Microfilm of Fayette County Records
Tax Rolls 1837-1979
Scholastic Census 1876-1877, 1897-1904
Marriage Licenses 1838-1923 (indexed), 1838 - 1995 index on paper
Occupation Licenses 1840-1872
Probate Records 1838-1918
Some Naturalization & Guardianship Records (indexed)
Family Files & Histories
For a nominal fee the staff will mail you copies of family research in their vertical files.
Microfilm of Newspapers
The archives staff will also do lookups of obituaries!
La Grange Journal
18 Feb 1880 - 18 May 1882, 8 Mar 1883 - 1916, 1918 - 1953, 1955 - 1982
Fayette County Record
16 Dec 1873, 6 Jan 1874, 18 May 1876, (1910 - 1912, 1924 - 1943 incomplete), 1944 - 1984
(1985 to present in hard copy)
1912 - 1914, 1916, 1919 - 1922, 1932 - 1933, 1935 - 1945, 1947 - 1975, 1979 - 1980
1915 - 1916, 1921 - 1932, 1934 - March 1946, 1947 - 1962
La Grange Svoboda
Czech language, 1885-1918
La Grange Deutsche-Zeitung
German language, 1898-1901, 1904-1912, 1920-1926
Freytag Collection of Genealogical & General Research
La Grange & Fayette County Files
This collection includes school census data which is in the process of being transcribed.
Maps & Photographs
Including Crayton Studio Negative Collection, 4800 subjects from 1940-1960's, indexed
Texana Book Collection & More...
Fayette County Books for Sale in the Gift Shop
Texas residents must pay 8.25% sales tax. Cost of shipping is $3.00 for the first book and $1.50 for each additional book. If you have any questions about a book or the total cost, please email the Fayette Heritage Museum & Archives at: email@example.com or call at 979-968-6418
Written by Gene L. Freudenberg. . 56 pages. Softcover. $15.00
Chronicles of Fayette
Early history of Fayette County written by Julia Lee Sinks in 1875, printed in 1975. 145 pages. Softcover. $15.00
An Early History of Fayette County
Written by Leonie Rummel Weyand and Houston Wade in 1936, reprinted. Hardcover, $20.00.
Fayette County Her History and Her People
A remarkable achievement, packed with useful information, though not indexed, written by Frank Lotto in 1902. 424 pages. Softcover. $15.00
Fayette County Past & Present
History of Fayette County written by La Grange students in 1975. 473 pages. Softcover. $15.00
Images of America La Grange
Written by Marie W. Watts. 128 pages. Softcover. $20.00
The evolution of a Texas German slave plantation, written by James C. Kearney. 353 pages. Hardcover. $32.00
Postcard History Series: Fayette County
Written by Jon Todd “J.T.” Koening. 128 pages. Softcover. $22.00
Private William Guehrs
Waldeck Cemetery, Dedicated April 13, 2002, the confederate Hero of Waldeck (formerly known as Long Prairie). Booklet issued April 13, 2002. 28 pages. Softcover. $5.00
History of the Rabb family. Softcover. $20.00
Rededication of the Fayette County Courthouse
Booklet issued in 2005 to commemorate the multi-million dollar restoration of the 1891 structure. 28 pages. Softcover. $5.00
Same Moon Same Stars
The life of Renate Mecherauch Meiners, written by Elaine Thomas. Softcover. 166 pages. $15.00
The Von Rosenberg Family of Texas
The civil war years written by Ann Barnes with Billye Beth Baker. 88 pages. Softcover. $20.00
Fayette Public Library, Heritage Museum and Archives
Renovation and expansion
INTERIOR FLOOR PLANS
FIRST FLOOR of the Fayette Public Library & Fayette Heritage Museum and Archives formerly contained 5,966 square feet. The new wing adds 2,328 feet. Renovation includes a redesigned vestibule with north entry, a new handicapped elevator, new library area, new reading areas for children and adults, more vault storage, conference and meeting space, greater computer capacity, office, and fully ADA compliant restrooms.
SECOND FLOOR of the building formerly had 3,700 square feet and was expanded by 3,885 more feet with the new wing and infilling a second floor deck across the open area. Located upstairs are an archive reading room and vault, museum collections storage and exhibit display areas, as well as additional restrooms.
The renovated library, museum and archives encompasses a total of 15,879 square feet.