Local History and
Genealogical Resources

The Effie & Wilton Hebert Public Library has collected information and resources on the history of Port Neches and parts of surrounding Jefferson County. A large portion of this information is available for patron use at this time. The archival collection is still under development and must be cataloged before entry into the library database.

A partial list of the contents include Tugboat Island scrapbooks, history of the Port Neches Public Library in photograph albums and scrapbooks, First National Bank of Port Neches photograph album, Port Neches Town & Garden Club scrapbooks, Sapphire City of the Neches original manuscript and photographs, a picture of Granny Block, the history of the Port Neches Junior High School Band, the 1938 Port Neches-Groves Senior Class picture, and the Operation Patriotism scrapbook.

Volunteers are needed to help identify persons, events or locales in numerous photographs before the library can add them to the archival collection. If you are available to help, please contact Nola Martin in the reference department of the library, or phone 722-4554 for more information about the project.


The Port Neches-Groves High School "War Whoop" annuals cover the years:

1934-39, 1943-45, 1947-49, 1950-52, 1954-59, 1960-69, 1970-79, 1980-89, 1990-94, 1996-97

Several of the annuals have missing, torn or cut pages. You must present a photo ID when you request to see an annual at the Reference area desk.

City Directories

The cities of Port Neches and Nederland are included in the Beaumont and Port Arthur city directories. The library also has copies of the Orange County, Texas directory.

Beaumont -- 1909, 1912-13, 1914, 1916, 1918, 1920, 1921-22, 1923, 1925-26, 1927-28, 1929, 1931, 1935-36, 1937, 1938-39, 1940, 1941, 1943, 1945, 1949, 1950, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1969, 1981, 1984, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

Port Arthur -- 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007

Orange County -- 1999, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007


Microfilm Collection

The library has the local weekly newspaper on microfilm reels. The paper was published under several titles throughout the years. Some years have missing issues.

  • Peoples Press -- 1929 (oldest and only a partial year)
  • The Chronicle -- 1932-1970
  • Midcounty Chronicle Review -- 1972-1976
  • Chronicle-Review Sport -- 1977
  • Port Neches Chronicle -- 1977-1982
  • Mid County Chronicle and Community Post -- 1983-1989
  • Mid County Chronicle -- 1992 to present

The missing issues are:
Dec 1945-1947, Apr 1960, Nov 1960, Jan 1969, Jun 1969, Nov-Dec 1969, May 1970-Sep 1972, Apr-Oct 1975, Sep 21-Oct 12, 2005


Online Databases

The library has several online resources available for genealogical research. They can be accessed through our homepage by clicking the link for Library Online Databases.

The Genealogy link includes HeritageQuest and Texas Digital Sanborn Maps.

The Houston & Texas link includes The Handbook of Texas, NetLibrary, Texas Digital Sanborn Maps, and Texas Reference Center.


CD Databases

The library has two CD databases for library use only.

The Sheffield Funeral Home Records, 1938-1990. These records were cataloged and made available on CD by the Southeast Texas Genealogical and Historical Society.

The Southwest Louisiana Records, 1750-1900. These records were researched and compiled by Rev. Donald J. Hebert. They are also available in book format in the Reference area.


Internet Resources

There are several internet sites available for genealogical research through our library homepage at the Helpful Internet Sites link.

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet


Cyndi Howells provides a gateway to the world of genealogical research with over 150 categories and thousands of links to sites.


Genealogy Home Page



Genealogy How-To-Site



USGenWeb Project


This website links to all 50 states and counties within each state. Special Projects have been developed that cover genealogical interest at the national level.

Vertical File

The library has a vertical file as part of the library collection. It contains 78 folders with assorted information covering Port Neches and Jefferson County history to everyday information, such as how to preserve fruit and vegetables, chair canning, net making, and building and maintaining a pond. A "Vertical File" call number search in the library catalog will list the vertical file titles. Click on the title to see the record information.