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Founded December 29, 1837
County Seat Richmond
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County Courthouse

Fort Bend County Courthouse
301 Jackson St; PO Box 520
Richmond, TX 77469
Phone: 281.341.8685

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903, 
marriage and land records from 1838, probate records
from 1836 and court records from 1876[1]

History

Parent County

1837--Fort Bend County was created 29 December 1837 from Austin, Brazoria, and Harris Counties. [2]  County seat: Richmond [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog


Populated Places

Arcola | Beasley | Fairchilds | Fulshear | Houston (mostly in Harris County) | Katy (mostly in Harris and Waller Counties) | Meadows Place | Missouri City | Needville | Orchard | Pleak | Richmond | Rosenberg | Simonton | Stafford | Sugar Land | Thompsons | Weston Lakes

Neighboring Counties

Austin  • Brazoria  • Harris  • Matagorda  • Waller  • Wharton


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Resources

African American


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.com 

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

Individual cemeteries:

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190016,538
191018,1689.9%
192022,93126.2%
193029,71829.6%
194032,96310.9%
195031,056−5.8%
196040,52730.5%
197052,31429.1%
1980130,846150.1%
1990225,42172.3%
2000354,45257.2%
2010585,37565.1%
 


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.

Court

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 Fort Bend 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.

  • History of Fort Bend County,containing biographical sketches of many noted characters, 1904, by Andrew Jackson Sowell.
  • The Book of Fort Bend County, 1926, compiled by S. A. McMillan.
  • The History of Fort Bend County, 1822-1861, 1939 by Jim L. Bridges.
  • Wharton's History of Fort Bend County, 1939, by Clarence Wharton.
  • Fort Bend County Sesquicentennial, 1822-1972, 1972, by the Fort Bend County Sesquicentennial Association.
  • The Jay Bird Democratic Association of Fort Bend County, 1979, by Pauline Yelderman.
  • Fort Bend County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Texas Museums  ~  List of all museums in Texas  ~  Hidden Ancestors

Maps

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Military

Newspapers

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

Obituaries

Probate

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.

Taxation

Texas tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Texas Taxation.

Texas County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910 lists FHL films with county tax lists. The lists vary by county and year. Most records are between the years of 1846 - 1910.

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.

Birth

Online Birth Indexes and Records


Original Birth Records on Microfilm

Marriage

Online Marriage Indexes and Records


Original Marriage Records on Microfilm

Death

Online Death Indexes and Records

Original Death Records on Microfilm

Divorce

Societies and Libraries

  • Fort Bend County Libraries website
  • George Memorial Library
    (has extensive genealogy and history department on the second floor)
    1001 Golfview Dr
    Richmond, TX 77469
    Phone: (281) 342-4455  website

Family History Center


  • Society Hill  ~  Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Fort Bend County, Texas. Page 664 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Handbook of Texas Online: Fort Bend County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcf07
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).

 

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