As part of its support of our Mayflower Tradition in Texas, the Texas Mayflower Society sponsors collections of the 40+ volume set of the Mayflower Families Silver Books at Public Libraries throughout the state. These books trace five generations of descendants of the Pilgrims covering the period between the founding of Plymouth Colony and the Civil War.
The 18 libraries with sponsored collections are shown on the following map of Texas. These follow the rapid population growth through Texas. Today, most Texans live within a one and a half hour drive of a Texas Mayflower sponsored Silver Book Collection.
In 2017, there were 12 Sponsored libraries in Texas in Amarillo, Austin, Beaumont, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, Harlingen, Houston, Midland, San Antonio, Tyler and Waco. These are shown in black on the map. The population of the state is growing very rapidly and a study showed that the majority of the growth is near Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and along I35 from San Antonio north through Austin. In West Texas, the growth is mainly along and north of I20.
In 2018, the Texas SOMD Library Committee began a project whose goal is to have a Silver Book collection within 1½ hours drive of most people in Texas. This goal moved a step closer to reality with the addition of sponsored Silver Book Collections at Libraries in: Abilene, Arlington, Conroe, Georgetown, Richmond and Wichita Falls, shown in green on the map. These are all Public Libraries most with active genealogy sections. Additional books were donated by Texas SOMD to complete existing partial Silver Book collections at these libraries in 2018-2019. In 2019-2020, the existing books in these collections are being updated. As new Silver Books are issued, they will be added to the 18 sponsored library collections. Two new books were added in 2019. New library-based and on-line projects are expected in the future.
Public Libraries with Silver Book Collections Maintained by TXSOMD
Abilene Public Library, 202 Cedar St. Abilene, Texas 79601, PH:325-677-2474
Amarillo Public Library, 413 E. 4th Street, Amarillo, Texas 79101, 806-378-3054
George W. Hawkes Library, 100 S. Center St., Arlington, TX 75010, 817-459-6900
Texas State Library and Archives, 1201 Brazos, Austin, Texas 78701 512-463-5455
Tyrell Historical Library, 695 Pearl St., Beaumont, Texas 77701. 409-833-2759
Montgomery County Memorial Library, 104 I-45 North, Conroe, Texas 77301. 936-539-7814
La Retama Central Library, 805 Comanche, Corpus Christi, Texas 78401 362-826-7055
J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St., Dallas, Texas 75201, 214-670-1400
Fort Worth Central Library, 500 W. Third St., Fort Worth, Texas 76201, 817-392-7323
Georgetown Public Library, 402 West 8th St., Georgetown, Texas 78626, 512-930-3551
Clayton Library for Generalogical Research, 5300 Caroline St., Houston, Texas 77004 832-393-2600
Harlingen Public Library, 410 76 Drive, Harlingen, Texas 78550 , 956-216-5800
Midland County Centennial Library, 2503 W. Loop 250 N., Midland, Texas 79705, 432-742-7400
George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview Dr., Richmond Texas 77469-5199, 281-342-4455
San Antonio Public Library, 500 Soledad, San Antonio, Texas 78305 210-207-2500
Tyler Public Library, 201 S. College Ave., Tyler, Texas 75702 903-593-7323
West Waco Library and Genealogy Center, 5201 Bosque Blvd. Suite 275, Waco, Texas 76710 254-745-6018
Wichita Falls Public Library, 600 11th Street, Wichita Falls, TX 76301, 940-767-0868