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Galveston County, Texas
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.
Founded May 15, 1838
County Seat Galveston


County Courthouse



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 [1]

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






Original Land Owners Of Texas  ~  Galveston County  ~  TXGenWeb

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.


  • 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.




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

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. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 9 August, 2012)
  3. Heritage Preservation Services, Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 9 August, 2012)


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