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Guide to '''Calhoun County Texas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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Calhoun County has had two county seats and five courthouses.&nbsp; The first county seat and courthouse was in Lavaca, 1846-1852.&nbsp; The county seat was moved to Indianola in 1852, where the second courthouse was built in 1857. The county seat was moved back to Lavaca (now renamed Port Lavaca) after the hurricane of 1886 destroyed the Indianola Courthouse.&nbsp; A courthouse was built in Port Lavaca in 1887.&nbsp; A new courthouse was built in 1912 and later demolished in 1959, when the current courthouse was opened. <ref>Texas Escapes: Calhoun County Courthouses http://www.texasescapes.com/TexasGulfCoastTowns/Port-Lavaca-Texas-Calhoun-County-Courthouse.htm#1911</ref> <ref>Handbook of Texas Online:  Calhoun County  http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcc02</ref>
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Calhoun County Courthouse<br>Calhoun County Clerk - Anita Fricke<br>211 S. Ann St<br>Port Lavaca, TX. 77979 <br>[http://www.calhouncotx.org/ Calhoun County Government Website]<br>  
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''Inventory of the county archives of Texas&nbsp;: Calhoun County'', 1941. Inventory of records housed in the Calhoun County Courthouse as of 1936. Describes the records of the County Commissioners Court, County Clerk as Recorder, District Court, County Court, Justices of the Peace, District Attorney, County Attorney, Sheriff, Constables, Tax Assessor-Collector, Board of Equalization, County Treasurer, County Board of School Trustees, County School Superintendent, County Health Officer, County Surveyor, Board of Land Commissioners (Defunct), Inspector of Hides and Animals (Defunct), and Coroner (Defunct). [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth25253/m1 Read the book online] from The Portal to Texas History.<br>
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== County Courthouse<br>  ==
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[http://www.calhouncotx.org/ Calhoun County Courthouse]<br> 211 S Ann Street<br> Port Lavaca, TX 77979-4249<br> Phone: 361.553.4411
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<br>County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903, <br>probate records from 1863, marriage and land records<br> from 1846,&nbsp;court records from 1850 and military discharge<br> records from 1919<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Calhoun County, Texas. Page 660 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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'''1846--'''Calhoun County was created April 4, 1846 from [[Jackson County, Texas|Jackson]], [[Victoria County, Texas|Victoria]], and [[Matagorda County, Texas|Matagorda]] Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Port Lavaca <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
 
'''1846--'''Calhoun County was created April 4, 1846 from [[Jackson County, Texas|Jackson]], [[Victoria County, Texas|Victoria]], and [[Matagorda County, Texas|Matagorda]] Counties.<br>'''County seat:''' Port Lavaca <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
The county was named for&nbsp;John Caldwell Calhoun (March 18, 1782 – March 31, 1850), 7th Vice President of the United States.
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The county was named for&nbsp;John Caldwell Calhoun (March 18, 1782 – March 31, 1850), 7th Vice President of the United States.  
  
 
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==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
'''1886''' -- Calhoun County Courthouse at Indianola destroyed by hurricane, August 1886.
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'''1886''' -- Calhoun County Courthouse at Indianola destroyed by hurricane, August 1886.  
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
  
'''Cities and Towns:''' | {{FHL|Texas%2C+Calhoun%2C+Indianola|subject|disp=Indianola}} | Long Mott | {{FHL|Texas%2C+Calhoun%2C+Matagorda+Island|subject|disp=Matagorda Island}} | {{FHL|Texas%2C+Calhoun%2C+Port+O%27Connor|subject|disp=Port Comfort}} | {{FHL|Texas%2C+Calhoun%2C+Port+Lavaca|subject|disp=Port Lavaca}} | Port O'Connor | {{FHL|Texas%2C+Calhoun%2C+Seadrift|subject|disp=Seadriff}} |
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'''Cities and Towns:''' | {{FHL|Texas%2C+Calhoun%2C+Indianola|subject|disp=Indianola}} | Long Mott | {{FHL|Texas%2C+Calhoun%2C+Matagorda+Island|subject|disp=Matagorda Island}} | {{FHL|Texas%2C+Calhoun%2C+Port+O%27Connor|subject|disp=Port Comfort}} | {{FHL|Texas%2C+Calhoun%2C+Port+Lavaca|subject|disp=Port Lavaca}} | Port O'Connor | {{FHL|Texas%2C+Calhoun%2C+Seadrift|subject|disp=Seadriff}} |  
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
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==== Church ====
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{{TX Church Intro}}
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{TX Land}}
  
 
*[http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/local/calhoun.html Calhoun County Land Records] available on microfilm - Deed Records 1846-1890, Survey Records 1838-1934<br>
 
*[http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/local/calhoun.html Calhoun County Land Records] available on microfilm - Deed Records 1846-1890, Survey Records 1838-1934<br>
  
 
==== Local Histories<br>  ====
 
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*''Shifting Sands of Calhoun County, Texas,'' 1980 by the Calhoun County Historical Commission.  
 
*''Shifting Sands of Calhoun County, Texas,'' 1980 by the Calhoun County Historical Commission.  
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==== Military  ====
 
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txcalhou/confpen.htm Confederate Pension Applications] from the Calhoun County TXGenWeb site
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txcalhou/confpen.htm Confederate Pension Applications] from the Calhoun County TXGenWeb site  
 
*[http://www.tshaonline.org/supsites/military/rep_cont.htm Index to the Military Rolls of the Republic of Texas] 1835-1845
 
*[http://www.tshaonline.org/supsites/military/rep_cont.htm Index to the Military Rolls of the Republic of Texas] 1835-1845
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Calhoun}}
  
 
*[http://portlavacawave.com/ Port Lavaca Wave] Newspaper  
 
*[http://portlavacawave.com/ Port Lavaca Wave] Newspaper  
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==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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{{TX Probate Intro}}
  
 
*[http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/local/calhoun.html Calhoun County Probate Records] available on microfilm - Probate Records 1846-1914<br>
 
*[http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/local/calhoun.html Calhoun County Probate Records] available on microfilm - Probate Records 1846-1914<br>
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
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{{TX Tax Intro}}
  
 
*[http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/local/calhoun.html Calhoun County Tax Records] available on microfilm - Tax Rolls 1846-1910
 
*[http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/local/calhoun.html Calhoun County Tax Records] available on microfilm - Tax Rolls 1846-1910
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
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{{TX Vital Intro}}
  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txcalcgs/ccgs.html Vital Records] - Obituaries, Marriage Records and Birth Records from the Calhoun County Genealogical Society<br>  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txcalcgs/ccgs.html Vital Records] - Obituaries, Marriage Records and Birth Records from the Calhoun County Genealogical Society<br>  
 
*[http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/local/calhoun.html Calhoun County Vital Records] available on microfilm - Marriage Records 1846-1919, Probate Records 1846-1916, County Clerk and other records.  
 
*[http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/local/calhoun.html Calhoun County Vital Records] available on microfilm - Marriage Records 1846-1919, Probate Records 1846-1916, County Clerk and other records.  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txcalhou/newobitindex.html Port Lavaca Wave Newspaper Obituary] Index 2002-2003
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txcalhou/newobitindex.html Port Lavaca Wave Newspaper Obituary] Index 2002-2003  
*[http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.  
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.  
*[http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1320964 Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]]<br>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
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1320964 Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]]<br>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  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txcalcgs/ccgs.html Calhoun County Genealogical Society], founded to preserve the genealogy and history of Calhoun County.  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txcalcgs/ccgs.html Calhoun County Genealogical Society], founded to preserve the genealogy and history of Calhoun County.  
*Calhoun County Museum <br>301 S. Ann Street <br> Port Lavaca, TX 77979&nbsp; [http://calhouncountymuseum.org/ website]  
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*Calhoun County Museum <br>301 S. Ann Street <br>Port Lavaca, TX 77979&nbsp; [http://calhouncountymuseum.org/ website]  
 
*Calhoun County Public Library<br>200 West Mahan St.<br>Port Lavaca, TX 77979&nbsp; [http://www.cclibrary.org/ website<br>]
 
*Calhoun County Public Library<br>200 West Mahan St.<br>Port Lavaca, TX 77979&nbsp; [http://www.cclibrary.org/ website<br>]
  
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*[http://www.historictexas.net/calhoun Calhoun County Texas TXGenWeb site] family histories, cemeteries, maps and more.  
 
*[http://www.historictexas.net/calhoun Calhoun County Texas TXGenWeb site] family histories, cemeteries, maps and more.  
*[http://www3.familyoldphotos.com/category/united-states/texas/calhoun-co-tx Calhoun County, TX Old Photos]
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*[http://www3.familyoldphotos.com/category/united-states/texas/calhoun-co-tx Calhoun County, TX Old Photos]  
 
*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Calhoun|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
 
*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Calhoun|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
  
 
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Contents

County Courthouse

Calhoun County Courthouse
211 S Ann Street
Port Lavaca, TX 77979-4249
Phone: 361.553.4411


County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
probate records from 1863, marriage and land records
from 1846, court records from 1850 and military discharge
records from 1919[1]

History

Parent County

1846--Calhoun County was created April 4, 1846 from Jackson, Victoria, and Matagorda Counties.
County seat: Port Lavaca [2]

The county was named for John Caldwell Calhoun (March 18, 1782 – March 31, 1850), 7th Vice President of the United States.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1886 -- Calhoun County Courthouse at Indianola destroyed by hurricane, August 1886.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Cities and Towns: | Indianola | Long Mott | Matagorda Island | Port Comfort | Port Lavaca | Port O'Connor | Seadriff |

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1850 1,110
1860 2,642 138.0%
1870 3,443 30.3%
1880 1,739 −49.5%
1890 815 −53.1%
1900 2,395 193.9%
1910 3,635 51.8%
1920 4,700 29.3%
1930 5,385 14.6%
1940 5,911 9.8%
1950 9,222 56.0%
1960 16,592 79.9%
1970 17,831 7.5%
1980 19,574 9.8%
1990 19,053 −2.7%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.







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 Calhoun 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.

  • Shifting Sands of Calhoun County, Texas, 1980 by the Calhoun County Historical Commission.
  • "Looking Back" Scrapbook for Calhoun County and Matagorda Bay, Texas
  • A History of Indianola, by Lelia Seelingson. Brief history of Indianola, beginning with the arrival of La Salle. Read the book online from The Portal to Texas History.
  • Indianola: The Mother of Western Texas, 1988, by Brownson Malsch.
  • Calhoun County History from The Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Indianola, Texas Hurricane, Sept 1875

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Calhoun 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 or ordered electronically online

Societies and Libraries

  • Calhoun County Genealogical Society, founded to preserve the genealogy and history of Calhoun County.
  • Calhoun County Museum
    301 S. Ann Street
    Port Lavaca, TX 77979  website
  • Calhoun County Public Library
    200 West Mahan St.
    Port Lavaca, TX 77979  website

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Calhoun County, Texas. Page 660 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).