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Guide to Austin County Texas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Founded March 17, 1836
County Seat Bellville
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Contents

County Courthouse

Austin County Courthouse
1 E Main Street
Bellville, TX 77418
Phone: 979.865.5911 

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage, land and probate records from early 1800’s,
cemetery, court, military discharge and naturalization
records; Discharge Court has divorce records[1]

History

Parent County

1836--Austin County was created 17 March 1836 from Old Mexican Municipality. County seat:  Bellville  [2]

The county was named for Stephen F. Austin, founder of the Anglo-American colony that eventually became Texas

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Austin County border changes.

Record Loss

1960--The Austin County Courthouse, built in 1888, was destroyed by fire on April 5, 1960. Courthouse records were saved.[3]

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Towns and Cities: Bellville | Cat Springs | Industry | New Ulm | San Felipe | Sealy | Wallis | Welcome

Neighboring Counties

Resources

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 Databases

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 Family History Library Catalog lists microfilm copies of deeds, trust deeds, and mortgages of many counties.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Austin 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

Military

  • Military Resources ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
  • Fallen Heroes  ~  Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
  • Honoring Our Veterans ~ Partial index of veterans from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
  • Veterans of Austin County, Texas An internet memorial for the patriotic citizens of Austin County, Texas~Austin County, TXGenWeb

Newspapers

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

Off-line Newspaper Information
Online Newspapers

Online Newspaper Abstracts
Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts in Book Form


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 or ordered electronically online

Societies and Libraries

Bellville Public Library
12 W Palm St
Bellville, TX 77418
Phone: (979) 865-3731
Website


Virgil & Josephine Gordon Memorial Library
917 N Circle Dr
Sealy, TX 77474
Phone: (979) 885-7469
Website


Austin County Library System
6730 Railroad St
Wallis, TX 77485
Phone: (979) 478-6813
Website


Family HIstory Centers

1000 E Rutherford Ln
Austin, Travis, Texas, United States
Phone: 512-837-3626
Hours: M,T,Th & Sat 10am-1pm; W 9am-3pm, & 6pm-8:30pm
Closed: all major holidays

5201 Convict Hill Rd
Austin, Travis, Texas, United States
Phone: 512-892-6483
Hours: Tues, Wed, Sat,10am-2pm; Wed. 6pm-9pm
Closed: Closed July 4th Weekend, Thanksgiving Week, Christmas Holidays - December 20 through January 1, 2011


Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Austin County, Texas. Page 658 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. GenDisasters.com - Bellville, TX Courthouse Fire, Apr 1960 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/10017/bellville-tx-courthouse-fire-apr-1960