Genealogy of Cypress Area Families...
Our members have researched over 250 families in the Cypress and Fairbanks areas . . . We would love to share the history that we have on your family, and combine it with your records.
Oral Histories. Some of the most valuable (and interesting!) information we get is from the memories told to us by long-time residents of the area. Contact us to set up an interview, or send us your memories by mail or E-mail.
Historic Homes. As Cypress continues to grow, many of the historic homes and farms are being torn down. We are photographing historic structures before they are lost.
Collecting Historic Photos. Old photos contain a wealth of information, about the people and the buildings and landscape of an area. If you have historic photos of the Cypress area, we will scan them and return your originals. If you have photos or artifacts that you would like to donate, we will keep and preserve them for you.
Support for Cypress Top Historic Park...
Our members work hand-in-hand with Harris County Precinct 3 staff to document the history of Cypress Top.
“History Detectives”. Members volunteer at Cypress Top Park on Tuesdays and at the Kleb Nature Center on Thursdays to research and restore the buildings and artifacts. Invoices that date back to 1898, and deeds and surveys, are just a few of the interesting items studied by the volunteers. Restoration and display of the antiques donated to Harris County with the Cypress Top property is an ongoing adventure!
Docents for Tours. CHS volunteers assist with giving tours of the Cypress Top buildings to interested visitors. Tours are usually given on Tuesdays, and occasionally, by appointment on the weekends. Even if you do not want to be the “speaking docent”, extra volunteers are always needed to help usher visitors through the various buildings.
History of Cypress, TX Area...
Early businesses. We are keeping a photo and timeline history of the early enterprises of Cypress. If you have photographs or survey plats showing old buildings, please contact us.
Early roads. It is truly amazing how the roads in the Cypress area have changed from the old wagon trails, to farm roads, to modern superhighways. We have traced many old roads, even back to the old Washington-Harrisburg Road that Sam Houston marched (through Cypress!) on the Runaway Scrape.
Census. We have all of the U.S. Census Records for this area from 1850 through 1930, as well as access to Ancestry.com (World) in our Library.
Postal History. Cypress had many post offices, dating back to the Texas Republic. Postal records provide the names and dates of the old Postmasters, which link back to the Census records. The Cypress Top Museum contains some nice artifacts from its Post Office days.
Railroad History. The extension of the Houston& Texas Central Railroad to Cypress in the 1850’s made it an early commercial and transportation center. This created a “downtown” Cypress, with hotels, stores, and saloons, in contrast with the widespread farming homesteads.
Educational Programs. We have developed short Local History programs that can be presented to area school classes. We also offer training to history teachers, and have complete lesson plans they can use for their classrooms.
Local History Articles. We contribute to many of the history articles for local publications,
Social Activities to Promote Reunion of Cypress Residents...
Annual Business Meeting in October.
Program Meetings. Members are always welcome to attend business meetings of the Board of Directors. In addition, we hold occasional meetings which have additional programs history presentations, story-swappin’, etc. for members.
Booth at Festivals and Area Events. We can set up displays at local festivals or reunions. We are happy to share the history of Cypress!