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Founded March 17, 1836
County Seat San Antonio
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County Courthouse

Bexar County Courthouse
County Clerk - Gerry Rickhoff
100 Dolorosa, Suite 108
San Antonio, TX  78205
Phone: 210-335-2585


County Clerk has birth records from 1838, marriage
records from 1837, death records from 1903,
probate records from 1843, land records from 1700’s,
Spanish church records 1737-1859 and Spanish City
Council minutes 1815-1820[1]


Register and log in to search digital archives
1837-1963 HISTORICAL RECORDS
at this County Clerk website:
https://gov.propertyinfo.com/tx-bexar/Default.aspx


District Clerk - Margaret G. Montemayor
100 Dolorosa
San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: 210-335-2113
  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bexar County, Texas. Page 659 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.

History

The villa of San Fernando de Bexar was the first municipality in the Spanish province of Texas in 1731. In 1772 the seat of the government of Spanish Texas moved to Bexar. The original county was divided into 128 additional counties.

From the Handbook of Texas Online: The first Europeans to explore the region came with an expedition in 1691 led by Domingo Terán de los Ríos and Fray Damián Massanet, who evidently reached the San Antonio River near where San Juan Capistrano Mission was later founded. Nearby they found a group of Payayas living on the riverbank. The Indians, as Massanet recorded in his diary, called the place Yanaguana; he, however, renamed the site San Antonio de Padua to celebrate the memorial day of St. Anthony, June 13. The next group of Spanish explorers, an expedition led by two Franciscans, fathers Antonio de San Buenaventura y Olivares and Isidro Félix de Espinosa, and a military officer, Pedro de Aguirre, did not reach the area until April 1709. Much impressed by the setting and the availability of water, they noted that the area might make a promising site for future settlement. In 1714 Louis Juchereau de St. Denis crossed the region on his way to San Juan Bautista. Espinosa again visited the site in 1716 on his way to East Texas with the expedition of Domingo Ramón and this time recommended San Pedro Springs as a mission site. Near that spot, in May 1718, Martín de Alarcón led the expedition that founded San Antonio de Valero Mission and San Antonio de Béxar (or Béjar) Presidio, named for Viceroy Balthasar Manuel de Zúñiga y Guzmán Sotomayor y Sarmiento, second son of the duke of Bexar.

Parent County

1836--Bexar County was created on 17 March 1836 from Old Mexican Municipality. County seat: San Antonio [1]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Bexar County border changes.

Record Loss

1892 -- Bexar County Courthouse was damaged during a large fire in downtown San Antonio on 25 February 1892.  No records were lost.  The offices of the San Antonio Democrat Newspaper were destroyed during the fire.[2]

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Towns and Cities: Adkins | Alamo Heights | Balcones Heights | Bexar | Castle Hills | China Grove | Converse | Elmendorf | Fair Oaks Ranch | Fort Sam Houston | Helotes | Hill Country Village | Hollywood Park | Kirby | Leon Valley | Live Oak | Losoya | Martinez | Olmos Park | Saint Hedwig | San Antonio | Selma | Shavano Park | Somerset | Southton | Terrell Hills | Universal City | Von Ormy | Wetmore | Wincrest

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Individual cemeteries:

BillionGraves:

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Texas, Bexar, San Antorio, Cemetery Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Census

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 Bexar 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

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Bexar 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

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
Marriages
Deaths
  • Texas Deaths, 1890-1976 (FamilySearch) - The name index was created by FamilySearch and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903 and in many counties prior to 1910. Fold3.com also has Texas Deaths, 1890-1976 ($) available online.

Societies and Libraries

Public Libraries

Leon Valley Public Library
6425 Evers Rd
Leon Valley, TX 78238
Phone: (210) 684-0720
Website

San Antonio Public Library
600 Soledad St
San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: (210) 207-2500
Website

Universal City Public Library
100 Northview Dr
Universal City, TX 78148
Phone: (210) 659-7048
Website

Converse Public Library
601 S Seguin Rd
Converse, TX 78109
Phone: (210) 659-4160
Website

Societies

Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library
P.O. Box 1401
300 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, Texas 78295-1401
Telephone: (210) 225-1071
Materials are in closed stacks.

Family History Centers


Web Sites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. GenDisasters.com - San Antonio, Texas Fire, Feb 1892 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/17958/san-antonio-tx-fire-feb-1892

 

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