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Chambers County; 404 Washington; Anahuac, TX 77514; Ph. 409.267.8309 Details: (Co Clk has b rec from 1903, d rec from 1908, m, pro, ct & land rec from 1875 & div rec from 1910)



The first permanent settlement began in 1821 when the Spanish established a fortress at Anahuac and allowed American colonists to enter.

Parent County

1858--Chambers County was created 12 February 1858 from Jefferson and Liberty Counties. County seat: Anahuac [1]

The county was named for Thomas Jefferson Chambers, (1802-1865), a  lawyer and land speculator, was born in Orange County, Virginia, on April 13, 1802, the youngest of twenty children of Thomas Chambers and the ninth of his second wife, Mary (Gore).

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Chambers County border changes.

Record Loss

1875--Chambers County Courthouse in Wallisville and most, if not all, county records were destroyed by fire on December 2, 1875.

1935--Chambers County Courthouse in Anahuac destroyed by fire on April 28, 1935.  All records were saved. [2]

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Anahuac | Baytown (mostly in Harris County) | Beach City | Cove | Hankamer | Monroe City | Mont Belview | Oak Island | Old River-Winfree | Seabreeze | Smith Point | Stowell | Turtle Bayou | Wallisville | Winnie

Neighboring Counties



Chambers County Cemetery List from the Chambers County TXGenWeb site.




Local Histories

  • Chambers County: A Pictorial History, 1988 by Margaret S. Henson and Kevin Ladd.
  • Chambers County History from the Handbook of Texas Online


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


Newspapers ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has Galveston newspapers from the early 1800's.



Vital Records

  • 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


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. - Anahuac, TX Chambers County Courthouse Fire, Apr 1935


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