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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Texas|Texas]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Texas Counties G|Counties G]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] Galveston County'' <br>{{Adoption Hidden Ancestors}} {{Infobox U.S. County
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas|Texas]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties G|Counties G]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Galveston County'' <br>
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{{Infobox U.S. County
 
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
[[Image:TexasGalvestonCourthouse.jpg|thumb|right|400px]]  
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[http://www.co.galveston.tx.us/ Galveston County Courthouse]<br> 722 Moody<br> Galveston, TX 77550<br> Phone: 409.766.2210 <br><br>County Clerk has birth and death records, <br>Clerk has birth and death records 1903 -1910<br> and 1941-1951, marriage, probate and land <br>records from 1838 and court records from 1875<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Galveston County, Texas. Page 664 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
See an interactive map of Galveston County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/texas/tx-maps.html border changes].
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See an interactive map of Galveston County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/texas/tx-maps.html border changes].  
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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Galveston is a very low-lying area in Texas, the county seat being largely on an island, and thus it is vulnerable to weather disasters, mainly being hurricanes, and occasionally, tornadoes.
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In September 1900, Galveston suffered what is to this day the worst United States hurricane disaster in terms of loss of life. That storm, known as the Galveston Hurricane, killed over 6,000 people. The hurricane also for all practical purposes swept the island clean, although some structures did survive.
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Therefore, unless the record or a duplicate copy or other item that recorded the same data was moved to an inland area prior to September 1900, it is likely the record was destroyed in the hurricane. One should check in nearby counties for any such replications of any records from the Galveston area prior to 1900, such as neighboring counties, regional offices of churches, and other similar repositories, for records from this county.
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Since 1900, a seawall was built along the outward facing shore, and subsequent hurricanes, including Ike in 2008, did somewhat less damage as the seawall for the ost part has kept the storm surge produced by any hurricane from overwashing the island by and large. In fact, one can drive along the seawall itself which will give any visitor an idea of just how serious the 1900 disaster really was.
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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<u>Cities</u>  
 
<u>Cities</u>  
  
Bayou Vista<br>Clear Lake Shores<br>Dickinson<br>Friendswood<br>Galveston<br>Hitchcock<br>Jamaica Beach<br>Kemah<br>La Marque<br>League City<br>Santa Fe<br>Texas City<br>
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Bayou Vista<br>Clear Lake Shores<br>Dickinson<br>Friendswood<br>Galveston<br>Hitchcock<br>Jamaica Beach<br>Kemah<br>La Marque<br>League City<br>Santa Fe<br>Texas City<br>  
  
 
<u>Villages</u>  
 
<u>Villages</u>  
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Tiki Island  
 
Tiki Island  
  
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<u>Census-designated places</u>  
 
<u>Census-designated places</u>  
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<br><u>Unincorporated areas</u>  
 
<br><u>Unincorporated areas</u>  
  
Algoa<br>Bayview<br>Crystal Beach<br>Gilchrist<br>High Island<br>Port Bolivar<br>
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Algoa<br>Bayview<br>Crystal Beach<br>Gilchrist<br>High Island<br>Port Bolivar<br>  
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/african/texas/index.htm Texas African American Genealogy]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Access Genealogy
 
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/african/texas/index.htm Texas African American Genealogy]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Access Genealogy
  
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/galveston/cemetery/rosewood2.txt Rosewood Cemetery&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/galveston/cemetery/rosewood2.txt Rosewood Cemetery&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgalves/barbers_cemetery/barberscemetery.html Barbers Cemetery]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgalves/barbers_cemetery/barberscemetery.html Barbers Cemetery]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb  
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*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/siteindex/Beth%20Jacob%20Cemetery/107449 Beth Jacob Cemetery, Galveston] BillionGraves
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgalves/campbell_cemetery/campbell_cemetery.html Campbell Bayou Cemetery]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgalves/campbell_cemetery/campbell_cemetery.html Campbell Bayou Cemetery]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgalves/crystal_beach_community_cemetery/crystalbeachhomepage.html Crystal Beach Community Cemetery&nbsp;] ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgalves/crystal_beach_community_cemetery/crystalbeachhomepage.html Crystal Beach Community Cemetery&nbsp;] ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb  
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=107453 Lakeview Cemetery, Galveston] BillionGraves
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=107453 Lakeview Cemetery, Galveston] BillionGraves  
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*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/siteindex/Municipal%20Cemetery/107455 Municipal Cemetery, Galveston] BillionGraves
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgalves/MagnoliaCemetery/MagnoliaCemetery.htm Magnolia Cemetery]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgalves/MagnoliaCemetery/MagnoliaCemetery.htm Magnolia Cemetery]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgalves/san_leon_cemetry/sanleonhomepage.html San Leon Cemetery&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgalves/san_leon_cemetry/sanleonhomepage.html San Leon Cemetery&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; TXGenWeb  
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*[http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/junction/CJ-TX-NDX.html Cemetery Junction]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links to cemetery transcriptions
 
*[http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/junction/CJ-TX-NDX.html Cemetery Junction]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links to cemetery transcriptions
  
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==== Census  ====
 
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==== Military  ====
 
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====== Civil War Battle  ======
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The following Civil War battle was fought in Galveston County.
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*October 4, 1862 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/tx002.htm Galveston I]<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/tx002.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 9 August, 2012)</ref>
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*January 1, 1863 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/tx003.htm Galveston II]<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/tx003.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 9 August, 2012)</ref>
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:[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/TXmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in Texas.
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/galveston/military/civilwar/pensions/galvengt.txt Confederate Indigent Families]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/galveston/military/civilwar/pensions/galvengt.txt Confederate Indigent Families]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project  
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*[http://www.hometownnews.com/tx.htm Home Town News]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Texas Newspaper Index with links  
 
*[http://www.hometownnews.com/tx.htm Home Town News]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Texas Newspaper Index with links  
 
*[http://newslink.org/txnews.html Newslink]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Texas Newspaper List (sorted by publication frequency)  
 
*[http://newslink.org/txnews.html Newslink]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Texas Newspaper List (sorted by publication frequency)  
*[http://theoldentimes.com/oldtexas_main.html The Olden Times]&nbsp;&nbsp; -&nbsp;&nbsp; Historic Texas News Online
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*[http://theoldentimes.com/oldtexas_main.html The Olden Times]&nbsp;&nbsp; -&nbsp;&nbsp; Historic Texas News Online  
 
*[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaperarchive.com] ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=94&ci=10741 Galveston newspapers] from the early 1800's that covered local news on Galveston County residents as well as residents from surrounding counties.
 
*[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaperarchive.com] ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=94&ci=10741 Galveston newspapers] from the early 1800's that covered local news on Galveston County residents as well as residents from surrounding counties.
  
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=36 Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Ancestry.com&nbsp; (subscription)
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=36 Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Ancestry.com&nbsp; (subscription)
  
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==== Taxation  ====
 
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
*[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.  
 
*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_marriage_records.htm Texas Marriage Records&nbsp; 1966 - 2005]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_marriage_records.htm Texas Marriage Records&nbsp; 1966 - 2005]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records&nbsp; 1968&nbsp;- 2005]&nbsp;&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records&nbsp; 1968&nbsp;- 2005]&nbsp;&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Texas&nbsp; 1850 - 1930
 
*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Texas&nbsp; 1850 - 1930
  
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== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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*[[Galveston Texas Family History Center]]
 
*[[Galveston Texas Family History Center]]
  
3300 77th St<br>Galveston, Galveston, Texas, United States<br>Phone: 409-744-7938<br>Hours: T, Sat by appt; W 7pm-9pm <br><br>
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3300 77th St<br>Galveston, Galveston, Texas, United States<br>Phone: 409-744-7938<br>Hours: T, Sat by appt; W 7pm-9pm <br><br>  
  
 
*[[League City Texas Family History Center]]
 
*[[League City Texas Family History Center]]
  
4655 S Shore Blvd<br>League City, Galveston, Texas, United States<br>Phone: 281-535-3034<br>Hours: T-Th 7pm-9pm; Sat 10am-12pm <br><br>[http://www.daddezio.com/society/hill/SH-TX-NDX.html Society Hill]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies
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4655 S Shore Blvd<br>League City, Galveston, Texas, United States<br>Phone: 281-535-3034<br>Hours: T-Th 7pm-9pm; Sat 10am-12pm <br><br>[http://www.daddezio.com/society/hill/SH-TX-NDX.html Society Hill]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies  
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
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== References  ==
 
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Galveston County, Texas
Map
Map of Texas highlighting Galveston County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Texas
Location of Texas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded May 15, 1838
County Seat Galveston
Courthouse



Contents

County Courthouse

Galveston County Courthouse
722 Moody
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: 409.766.2210

County Clerk has birth and death records,
Clerk has birth and death records 1903 -1910
and 1941-1951, marriage, probate and land
records from 1838 and court records from 1875[1]

TexasGalvestonCourthouse.jpg

History

Galveston Island was the temporary seat of government of the Republic of Texas during the Texas Revolution.

Parent County

1838--Galveston County was created 15 May 1838 from Brazoria and Liberty Counties. County seat: Galveston [2]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Galveston County border changes.

Record Loss

Galveston is a very low-lying area in Texas, the county seat being largely on an island, and thus it is vulnerable to weather disasters, mainly being hurricanes, and occasionally, tornadoes.

In September 1900, Galveston suffered what is to this day the worst United States hurricane disaster in terms of loss of life. That storm, known as the Galveston Hurricane, killed over 6,000 people. The hurricane also for all practical purposes swept the island clean, although some structures did survive.

Therefore, unless the record or a duplicate copy or other item that recorded the same data was moved to an inland area prior to September 1900, it is likely the record was destroyed in the hurricane. One should check in nearby counties for any such replications of any records from the Galveston area prior to 1900, such as neighboring counties, regional offices of churches, and other similar repositories, for records from this county.

Since 1900, a seawall was built along the outward facing shore, and subsequent hurricanes, including Ike in 2008, did somewhat less damage as the seawall for the ost part has kept the storm surge produced by any hurricane from overwashing the island by and large. In fact, one can drive along the seawall itself which will give any visitor an idea of just how serious the 1900 disaster really was.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Cities

Bayou Vista
Clear Lake Shores
Dickinson
Friendswood
Galveston
Hitchcock
Jamaica Beach
Kemah
La Marque
League City
Santa Fe
Texas City

Villages

Tiki Island


Census-designated places

Bacliff
Bolivar Peninsula
San Leon


Unincorporated areas

Algoa
Bayview
Crystal Beach
Gilchrist
High Island
Port Bolivar

Neighboring Counties

Resources

African American


Cemeteries


Census

Church

Court

Land

Original Land Owners Of Texas  ~  Galveston County  ~  TXGenWeb

Local Histories

  • Texas Museums  ~  List of all museums in Texas  ~  Hidden Ancestors

Maps

Military

Civil War
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Galveston County.

Map showing Civil War battles in Texas.


Newspapers

  • Home Town News  -  Texas Newspaper Index with links
  • Newslink  -  Texas Newspaper List (sorted by publication frequency)
  • The Olden Times   -   Historic Texas News Online
  • Newspaperarchive.com ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has Galveston newspapers from the early 1800's that covered local news on Galveston County residents as well as residents from surrounding counties.

Obituaries

Probate


Taxation

Vital Records


Societies and Libraries

Dickinson Public Library
1837 Hwy 517 E
Dickinson, TX 77539
Phone: (281) 534-3812


Friendswood Public Library
416 S Friendswood Dr
Friendswood, TX 77546
Phone: (281) 482-7135
Website


Rosenberg Library
2310 Sealy Ave
Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 763-8854
Website


Genevieve Miller Hitchcock Public Library
8005 Barry Ave
Hitchcock, TX 77563
Phone: (409) 986-7814
Website


La Marque Public Library
1011 Bayou Rd
La Marque, TX 77568
Phone: (409) 938-9270
Website


Helen Hall Library
100 W Walker St
League City, TX 77573
Phone: (281) 554-1111
Website


Mae S Bruce Library
13302 6th St
Santa Fe, TX 77510
Phone: (409) 925-5540
Website


Moore Memorial Public Library
1701 9th Ave N
Texas City, TX 77590
Phone: (409) 643-5970
Website

Family History Centers

505 Deseret Dr
Friendswood, Galveston, Texas, United States
Phone: 281-996-9346
Hours: T 10am-2pm & 6pm-9pm; Th 10am-2pm; F 11am-3pm; Sat (2nd) 11am-3pm.
Closed: Thanksgiving week, two weeks at christmas

3300 77th St
Galveston, Galveston, Texas, United States
Phone: 409-744-7938
Hours: T, Sat by appt; W 7pm-9pm

4655 S Shore Blvd
League City, Galveston, Texas, United States
Phone: 281-535-3034
Hours: T-Th 7pm-9pm; Sat 10am-12pm

Society Hill  ~  Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Galveston County, Texas. Page 664 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. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 9 August, 2012)
  4. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 9 August, 2012)