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County Courthouse

Willacy County Courthouse
Courthouse Annex Building
190 North 3rd Street
Raymondville, Texas 78580
Phone: 956.689.2710 

County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, probate and
court records from 1921 and land records from 1891[1]

Willacy County's first courthouse is now located in Kenedy County.  When Willacy County was organized in 1911, Sarita was selected as the county seat.  In 1917, construction began on a three-story Classic Revival style courthouse.  In 1921, Kenedy County was organized out of the northern part of Willacy County; Sarita and the new courthouse were now part of Kenedy County.  Raymondville was selected as the county seat; and construction began on a new courthouse, a Classic Revival style building is a grand three-story brick structure with limestone details.  This courthouse continues to serve Willacy County.[2]

Willacy County Courthouse
County Clerk - Hon. Terry Flores
576 W. Main St.
Raymondville, Texas 78580
Office (956) 689-2710
Fax (956) 689-9849
Willacy County Government Website

 

History

Parent County

1911--Willacy County was created 11 March 1911 from Hidalgo and Cameron Counties. County seat: Sarita, 1911-1921; Raymondville, 1921-present. [3]

Boundary Changes

1921 -- Northern part of Willacy County became Kenedy County. [4]

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Bausell | Ellis | Lasara | Los Coyotes | Lyford | Porfirio | Port Mansfield | Raymondville | Santa Monica | San Perlita | Sebastian | Willamar

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Church

Court

Land

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Willacy 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.

  • Texas' Last Frontier: A Brief History of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, 1917; reprinted, 1962; by Frank Cushman Pierce, Rio Grande Valley Historical Society.
  • The Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, 1954, by J. Lee and Lillian J. Stambaugh.
  • A Century of Service: The History of the Catholic Church in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, 1979, by Gilberto Rafael and Martha Oppert Cruz.
  • Willacy County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.

Maps

Texas Counties Map. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site.

Military

Newspapers

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

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.

  • Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998 [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
  • Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]
    Name index and images of statewide death certificates, 1890-1976. The name index has been created by FamilySearch and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903.

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county


References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Willacy County, Texas. Page 676 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. HistoricTexas.net: Willacy County http://www3.historictexas.net/willacy-county-texas
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Handbook of Texas Online: Willacy County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcw10

 

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