Galveston County, Texas Genealogy

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

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Galveston County, Texas
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Location in the state of Texas
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Location of Texas in the U.S.
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]



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


Bayou Vista
Clear Lake Shores
Jamaica Beach
La Marque
League City
Santa Fe
Texas City


Tiki Island

Census-designated places

Bolivar Peninsula
San Leon

Unincorporated areas

Crystal Beach
High Island
Port Bolivar

Neighboring Counties


African American






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

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.

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



Civil War
Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Galveston County.

Map showing Civil War battles in Texas.


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
  • ($) 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.



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.


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.

Certified birth and death certificates or birth and death verifications can be ordered online or by mail at the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health. Copies can also be obtained from the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred and are often less expensive. You can also order them online through a third party company.

Marriages records can be obtained from the county the marriage occurred. Only marriage verifications can be obtained from the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health.

See Texas Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Texas.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


  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)