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Bastrop, Texas
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Facts
Founded March 17, 1836
County Seat Bastrop
Courthouse
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Address Bastrop County Courthouse
804 Pecan Street
PO Box 577
Bastrop, TX 78602
Phone: 512.332.7234
Bastrop County Website
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Contents

County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage records from 1860, probate records from 1850,
court records from 1890, land records from 1837, military
discharge records from 1919 and naturalization records
from 1855; District Clerk has divorce records[1]

History

Parent County

The county was named for the Baron de Bastrop (1759-1827).  He was Felipe Enrique Neri, colonizer, legislator, and self-styled Baron de Bastrop.  He was born Philip Hendrik Nering Bögel in Paramaribo, Dutch Guiana, on November 23, 1759, the son of Conraed Laurens Nering and Maria Jacoba (Kraayvanger) Bögel. 

Boundary Changes

From January 8, 1836 to December 13, 1837, the Municipality and County of Mina consisted of parts of present day Mason, Kimble, Llano, Burnet, Williamson, Gillespie, Blanco, Comal, Hays, Travis, Caldwell, Bastrop, Lee, Gonzales, Fayette, Washington, and Lavaca counties. On December 14, 1837, the Second Congress passed legislation changing the geographical limits, creating Fayette County, removing Gonzales and Caldwell Counties from the boundries and, five months later, added parts of Kimble and Comal Counties. On December 18, 1837, Sam Houston signed an act incorporating the town of Mina and, on the same day, changing the name of the county and town of Mina to Bastrop. May 24, 1838 to January 24, 1840, shows the borders of Bastrop County to contain parts of present day Blanco, Burnet, Williamson, Travis, Hays, Comal, Caldwell, Bastrop, Lee, Gonzales and Fayette counties. From January 25, 1840 to January 25, 1850 the border changed to almost it's present size with a small portion of Lee, Williamson, Caldwell, Gonzales and Fayette counties included.

Places/Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Towns and Cities: | Bastrop | Clearview | Elgin | Jeddo |   McDade | Oak Hill | Paige | Red Rock | Rockne | Rosanky | Smithville | String Prairie | Upton | Watterson |

Neighboring Counties

Caldwell  • Fayette  • Gonzales  • Lee  • Travis  • Williamson

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Resources

Archives

Bastrop County Archives from the USGenaweb Archives.

Books

TXGenWeb Site
Google Books

Cemeteries

Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Findagrave.com

Family History Library

Findagrave

Interment.net

WorldCat

Names in Stone

USGenWeb


Billion Graves

Billion Graves


Epodunk

Cemeteries of Texas



Names in Stone



See Texas Cemeteries for more information.
Additional Cemetery Sources

Bastrop County: A list of cemeteries in Bastrop County
Bastrop County Cemeteries from the TXGenWeb site
Bastrop County Cemeteries at Find-A-Grave All Bastrop County cemeteries are listed

Individual cemeteries listed at BillionGraves:

Census

Census 1830 to 1880 at the Bastrop County TXGenWeb site

Population Schedules
Year Population
1990
38263
1980
24726
1970
17297
1960
16925
1950
19622
1940
21610
1930
23888
1920
26649
1910
25344
1900
26845
  • Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990
    Compiled and edited by Richard L. Forstall
    Population Division
    US Bureau of the Census
    Washington, DC 20233

Church

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death/burial date and place. For general information about Texas denominations, view the Texas Church Records wiki page.

Community

TXGenWeb Site Bibles, Colonies, Family Sheets, Letters, Phone Books, Maps, Newspapers, Pictures, School Records

County Courts

Bastrop County Clerk's Office
803 Pine, Room 112
PO Box 577
Bastrop, TX 78602
Telephone: (512) 332--7234

(Land, Vital Records, Oil/Gas Leases) 

Bastrop County District Clerk's Office
PO Box 770
Bastrop, TX 78602
Telephone: (512) 332--7244

(Criminal and Civil, Licenses, Taxes) 

Bastrop County Commissioner's Offices
804 Pecan Street
Bastrop, TX 78602

TXGenweb Site Links for Court Officials, Commissioner's Court records, District/Civil Court records, Criminal Court minutes, Election Results, Naturalization records, Cattle Brands, Texas Supreme Court records, Deeds, Judgements in Lunacy, Paupers, and links to other records.

Land

After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions, including deeds and mortgages, have been recorded by the county. You can obtain copies of these land records by writing to the county clerk at the county courthouse. For more information, see Texas Land and Property.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists microfilm copies of deeds, trust deeds, and mortgages of many counties.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Bastrop County, Texas. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Texas Local Histories.

Maps

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Texas Counties Map Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site
Various County Maps

Message Boards

Rootsweb/Ancestry Message Boards

Gen Forum Message Boards

Mailing Lists

Bastrop County Email Group

Military

Bastrop County TXGenWeb Site Information on the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Vietnam, Mina Volunteers, Revolutionary War and Military Rolls 1835-45

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Bastrop County, Texas newspapers in online catalogs like:

Probate Records

Probate records of Texas have been kept by the probate clerk in each county courthouse. You can obtain copies of the records from the clerk's office. In most counties, all information pertaining to a probate case is recorded in the "probate minutes."

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their places of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records.

See the Wiki page Texas Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Professional Help

GenealogyFreelancers

Research Links

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. United States Vital Records has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. See Texas Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Texas or How to order Texas Vital Records


A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health, the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred, ordered electronically online or download an application for Texas Birth and Death Certificate, Marriage or Divorce Verification Application to mail.

Births

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Original Birth Records on Microfilm

Marriages

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Original Marriage Records on Microfilm

Deaths

Online Death Indexes and Records

Original Death Records on Microfilm

Divorce

Societies and Libraries

Bastrop County Historical Society Museum
702 Main Street
Bastrop, Texas 78602
512-303-0057
Email: bchs1832@sbcglobal.net

Family History Centers

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bastrop County, Texas. Page 658 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.

 

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