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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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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Genealogy|Texas]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties G|Counties G]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Galveston County'' <br>  
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Guide to '''Galveston County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, immigration records, and military records.
  
 
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| seat wl = Galveston
 
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
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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>  
 
[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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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1838--'''Galveston County was created 15 May 1838 from&nbsp;[[Brazoria County, Texas|Brazoria]] and [[Liberty County, Texas|Liberty]] Counties. '''County seat:''' Galveston <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1838--'''Galveston County was created 15 May 1838 from&nbsp;[[Brazoria County, Texas Genealogy|Brazoria]] and [[Liberty County, Texas Genealogy|Liberty]] Counties. '''County seat:''' Galveston <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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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.  
 
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.  
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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. Galveston county courthouse records were spared from destruction as they were kept in a vault that did survive.
  
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.  
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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 most part has kept the storm surge produced by any hurricane from over-washing 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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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Galveston, Alta Loma|place|disp=Alta Loma}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Galveston, Dickinson|place|disp=Dickinson}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Galveston, Galveston|place|disp=Galveston}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Galveston, High Island|place|disp=High Island}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Galveston, Hitchcock|place|disp=Hitchcock}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Galveston, La Marque|place|disp=La Marque}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Galveston, League City|place|disp=League City}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Galveston, Texas City|place|disp=Texas City}}
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
  
<u>Cities</u>
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''Cities''
  
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 | Clear Lake Shores | Dickinson | Friendswood | Galveston | Hitchcock | Jamaica Beach | Kemah | La Marque | League City | Santa Fe | Texas City<br>  
  
<u>Villages</u>
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''Villages''
  
 
Tiki Island  
 
Tiki Island  
  
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''Census-designated Places''
  
<u>Census-designated places</u>
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Bacliff | Bolivar Peninsula | San Leon
  
Bacliff<br>Bolivar Peninsula<br>San Leon
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''Unincorporated areas''
  
<br><u>Unincorporated areas</u>
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Algoa | Bayview | Crystal Beach | Gilchrist | High Island | Port Bolivar<br>
 
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Algoa<br>Bayview<br>Crystal Beach<br>Gilchrist<br>High Island<br>Port Bolivar<br>  
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Brazoria County, Texas|Brazoria]]  
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[[Brazoria County, Texas Genealogy|Brazoria]] {{•}}
*[[Chambers County, Texas|Chambers]]  
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[[Chambers County, Texas Genealogy|Chambers]] {{•}}
*[[Harris County, Texas|Harris]]
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[[Harris County, Texas Genealogy|Harris]]
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<center>{{TX GALVESTON County, Texas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
 
==== African American  ====
 
==== African American  ====
 
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1989155 Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records, 1865-1870](images) - FamilySearch<br>
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~aagriots/TX/texas.htm Texas African American Griots]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~aagriots/TX/texas.htm Texas African American Griots]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com AfriGeneas]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;African Ancestored Genealogy  
 
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com AfriGeneas]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;African Ancestored Genealogy  
 
*[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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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
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| width="31%" bgcolor="#ffff99" align="center" | '''Online Grave Transcripts'''
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| width="31%" bgcolor="#dbbff7" align="center" | '''Published Grave Transcripts'''
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| bgcolor="#dbeadc" align="center" | '''County Cemetery Directories'''
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2665 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#eddffb" | {{FHL|551497|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2603 Findagrave.com ]
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[http://www.interment.net/us/tx/index.htm Interment.net]
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| bgcolor="#eddffb" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Texas+Galveston+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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[http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
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[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html USGenWeb]
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[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery=undefined&action=search_cemetery Billion Graves ]
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[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery Billion Graves]
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[http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Etx/Galveston/ListGalveston.html Cemeteries of Texas]<br>
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[http://www.namesinstone.com/Default.aspx Names in Stone]
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===== Additional Cemetery Sources  =====
  
 
*[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  
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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  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{TX Church Intro}}
  
 
*[http://www.churchangel.com/texas.htm Texas Christian Church Directory ]~ ChurchAngel  
 
*[http://www.churchangel.com/texas.htm Texas Christian Church Directory ]~ ChurchAngel  
 
*[http://www.dioceseofbmt.org/parishes/index.html Catholic Parishes in Texas]
 
*[http://www.dioceseofbmt.org/parishes/index.html Catholic Parishes in Texas]
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===== Lutheran  =====
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:*Records of the American Lutheran Church, Galveston County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
  
[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/galveston/land/abstract.txt Original Land Owners Of Texas]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Galveston County&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb  
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{{TX Land}}
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/galveston/land/abstract.txt Original Land Owners Of Texas]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Galveston County&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb
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*''Lot and Block Book of Texas City, Galveston County, 1902-1911:'' showing names of property owners, dimensions, lot numbers, block numbers, and street number of each block. [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth32999/?q=galveston Read the book online] at the Portal to Texas History.<br>
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
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{{TX County Histories}}
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*''The Early History of Galveston,'' 1916, by Joseph O. Dyer. [https://archive.org/details/earlyhistoryofga00dyer Read the book online] at archive.org. [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24651 Read the book online] at The Portal to Texas History.<br>
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*''The Port of Galveston and the State of Texas,'' 1890, by Andrew Morrison. [https://archive.org/details/portofgalvestons00morr Read the book online] at archive.org.<br>
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*''The Complete Story of the Galveston Horror,'' c1900 by John Coulter. [https://archive.org/details/completestoryofg00coulrich Read the book online] at archive.org.<br>
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/museums.html Texas Museums]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; List of all museums in Texas&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/museums.html Texas Museums]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; List of all museums in Texas&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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[[Image:Txgalveston.jpg|400px|Txgalveston.jpg]]
  
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/maps.html Historical Maps]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; From the Republic to the Turn of the Century&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/maps.html Historical Maps]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; From the Republic to the Turn of the Century&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site
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*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the Texas TXGenWeb site.
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
 
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*1838 - 1900 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2059 Texas Muster Roll Index Cards 1838-1900] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*1845 - 1848 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2058 US American Volunteer Soldiers Mexican War 1845-1848] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
 
===== Civil War  =====
 
===== Civil War  =====
  
====== Civil War Battle  ======
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*[https://www.tsl.texas.gov/apps/arc/pensions/ Confederate Pension Applications] ~ Texas State Library and Archives Commission
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1932381 Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers],&nbsp; 1861-1865 - FamilySearch<br>
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1932425 Texas, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers], 1861-1865 - FamilySearch<br>
  
The following Civil War battle was fought in Galveston County.
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====== Civil War Battles  ======
  
*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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The following Civil War battles were fought in Galveston County.  
*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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*: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><br>
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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.
 
*[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  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/galveston/military/galvest.txt 1864 Muster List, Easley's&nbsp;] ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/galveston/military/galvest.txt 1864 Muster List, Easley's&nbsp;] ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project  
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==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Galveston}}
  
 
*[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  
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==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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{{TX Probate Intro}}
  
 
*[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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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2016287 Texas, Probate Records, 1800-1990] (images) - FamilySearch<br>
  
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==== Taxation ====
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==== Taxation ====
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{{TX Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
*[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.  
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{{TX Vital Intro}}
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===== Birth  =====
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''Online Birth Indexes and Records''
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803956 Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1935] (images and index) - FamilySearch<br>
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949342 Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997&nbsp;] (index)-&nbsp; FamilySearch<br>
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<br> ''Original Birth Records on Microfilm''
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===== Marriage  =====
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''Online Marriage Indexes and Records''
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*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_marriage_records.htm Texas Marriage Records&nbsp; 1966 - 2005]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803987 Texas County Marriage Records, 1837-1977] - FamilySearch.&nbsp;&nbsp;Index to a variety of marriage records (registers, licenses, intentions to marry, etc.) from select counties in Texas.<br>
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1681052 Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973&nbsp;]&nbsp; &nbsp;- &nbsp;FamilySearch record collection
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/2031191 Texas, Marriages, 1966-2010]&nbsp; &nbsp;- &nbsp;FamilySearch record collection
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*1814 - 1909 and 1966 - 2011 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8795 Texas Marriage Collection 1814-1909 and 1966-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*1837 - 1977 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60183 Texas Select County Marriage Index 1837-1977] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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===== Death  =====
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''Online Death Indexes and Records''
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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.  
 
*[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
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949337 ''Texas, Death Index, 1903-2000''] (index) - FamilySearch<br>
*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records&nbsp; 1968&nbsp;- 2005]&nbsp;&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
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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://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Texas&nbsp; 1850 - 1930
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1681049 Texas Deaths and Burials 1903 - 1973] &nbsp;(index) &nbsp;- &nbsp;FamilySearch
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*1977 - 1986 {{RecordSearch|1930157|Texas Deaths 1977-1986}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*1903 - 1982 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?=2272 Texas Death Certificates 1903-1982] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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''Original Death Records on Microfilm''
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===== Divorce  =====
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*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records&nbsp; 1968&nbsp;- 2005]&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
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*1968-2010 {{RecordSearch|2038378|Texas Divorce Index 1968-2010}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*1968 - 2011 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8794 Texas Divorces 1968-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
  
 
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*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] Texas&nbsp; 1850 - 1930
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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East End Historical Association<br> P.O. Box 2424<br>Galveston, TX 77550 <br> [http://www.genealogyinc.com/texas/galveston-county/#sthash.Vc0Q4XEn.dpuf East End Historical Association]<br><br>
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Galveston County Genealogical Society<br>
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P.O. Box 1141<br>
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Dickinson Public Library<br>1837 Hwy 517 E<br>Dickinson, TX 77539<br>Phone: (281) 534-3812  
 
Dickinson Public Library<br>1837 Hwy 517 E<br>Dickinson, TX 77539<br>Phone: (281) 534-3812  
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*[[Friendswood Texas Family History Center]]
 
*[[Friendswood Texas Family History Center]]
  
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*[[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>  
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*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county.  
 
*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county.  
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com Hidden Ancestors]&nbsp; Information on Texas genealogy research as well as genealogy research in general.  
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com Hidden Ancestors]&nbsp; Information on Texas genealogy research as well as genealogy research in general.  
*[http://usgwarchives.net/tx/txfiles.htm USGenWeb Texas Archives] Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Galveston|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/tx/txfiles.htm USGenWeb Texas Archives] Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Galveston|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
  
 
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== References  ==

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Guide to Galveston County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, immigration records, and military records.

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Founded May 15, 1838
County Seat Galveston
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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]

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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. Galveston county courthouse records were spared from destruction as they were kept in a vault that did survive.

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 most part has kept the storm surge produced by any hurricane from over-washing 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

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

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

Brazoria  • Chambers  • Harris

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Resources

African American


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


Cemeteries of Texas



Names in Stone



See Texas Cemeteries for more information.
Additional Cemetery Sources


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.


Lutheran
  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Galveston County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

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 FamilySearch Catalog lists microfilm copies of deeds, trust deeds, and mortgages of many counties.


  • Original Land Owners Of Texas  ~  Galveston County  ~  TXGenWeb
  • Lot and Block Book of Texas City, Galveston County, 1902-1911: showing names of property owners, dimensions, lot numbers, block numbers, and street number of each block. Read the book online at the Portal to Texas History.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Galveston County, Texas Genealogy. 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

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Military

Civil War
Civil War Battles

The following Civil War battles were fought in Galveston County.



Newspapers

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

  • 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

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, ordered electronically online or download an application for Texas Birth and Death Certificate, Marriage or Divorce Verification Application to mail.

Birth

Online Birth Indexes and Records


Original Birth Records on Microfilm

Marriage

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Death

Online Death Indexes and Records

Original Death Records on Microfilm

Divorce



Societies and Libraries

East End Historical Association
P.O. Box 2424
Galveston, TX 77550
East End Historical Association

Galveston County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 1141
Galveston 77550
Galveston County Genealogical Society

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

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Centers for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

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)

 

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