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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas|Texas]][[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties G|CountiesG]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Gillespie County'' <br>  
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Guide to '''Gillespie County Texas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Gillespie County
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| county_map = Tx-gillespie.png
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| state = Texas
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| founded year = 1848
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| founded date = February 23
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| seat wl = Fredericksburg
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
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[http://www.gillespiecounty.org/ Gillespie County Courthouse]<br> 101 W Main Street PO Box 551<br> Fredericksburg, TX 78624<br> Phone: 830.997.6515 <br><br>County Clerk has birth, marriage and probate records 1850, <br>death records from 1902, land records from 1848 and court <br> records from 1954; District Clerk has divorce records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Gillespie County, Texas. Page 664 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>
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Vital Records, Public Record Search Indexes from Gillespie County Courthouse<br>
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[http://www.gillespiecounty.org/default.aspx?name=records_search]http://www.gillespiecounty.org/default.aspx?name=records_search<br>
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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A cholera epidemic in 1849 took a heavy toll of the early settlers.  
 
A cholera epidemic in 1849 took a heavy toll of the early settlers.  
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1848--'''Gillespie County was created 23 February 1848 from [[Bexar_County,_Texas|Bexar ]]and [[Travis_County,_Texas|Travis]] Counties. '''County seat:''' Fredericksburg <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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'''1848--'''Gillespie County was created 23 February 1848 from [[Bexar County, Texas|Bexar and]] [[Travis County, Texas|Travis]] Counties. '''County seat:''' Fredericksburg <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
'''1850--'''Courthouse and many county records were destroyed by fire in July 1850.
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'''1850--'''Courthouse and many county records were destroyed by fire in July 1850.  
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== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
  
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Blanco_County,_Texas|Blanco]]
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*[[Blanco County, Texas|Blanco]]  
*[[Kendall_County,_Texas|Kendall]]
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*[[Kendall County, Texas|Kendall]]  
*[[Kerr_County,_Texas|Kerr]]
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*[[Kerr County, Texas|Kerr]]  
*[[Kimble_County,_Texas|Kimble]]
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*[[Kimble County, Texas|Kimble]]  
*[[Llano_County,_Texas|Llano]]
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*[[Llano County, Texas|Llano]]  
*[[Mason_County,_Texas|Mason]]
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*[[Mason County, Texas|Mason]]
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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==== African American  ====
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~aagriots/TX/texas.htm Texas African American Griots]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb
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*[http://www.afrigeneas.com AfriGeneas]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;African Ancestored Genealogy
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/african/texas/index.htm Texas African American Genealogy]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Access Genealogy
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
Access cemetery information for Gillespie County at the [http://www.fbgtxgensoc.org/fgs_frame.html Fredericksburg Genealogical Society] website.&nbsp; This index to burials includes a surname and maiden name search.&nbsp; Cemetery information is found by clicking on a cemetery name.&nbsp; Individual photos are accessed by clicking on the camera icon.&nbsp; There are some maps with cemetery section plans. This site includes about 3,500 cemetery photos and 50 cemeteries.
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Access cemetery information for Gillespie County at [http://www.fbgtxgensoc.org/cem_index.shtml Fredericksburg Genealogical Society]. This index to burials includes a surname and maiden name search.&nbsp; Cemetery information is found by clicking on a cemetery name.&nbsp; Individual photos are accessed by clicking on the camera icon.&nbsp; There are some maps with cemetery section plans. This site includes about 3,500 cemetery photos and 50 cemeteries.  
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*[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txgillespie/gi-cem.htm Gillespie County Cemeteries&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; TXGenWeb
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html Tombstone Transcription Project] ~ Partial transcription of cemetery tombstones ~ USGenWeb
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*[http://www.historictexas.net/cemeteries/1-countytables.htm Texas Historic Cemeteries] ~ Partial indexes to historic cemeteries
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*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/tx/ African American Cemeteries Online]&nbsp;~ Partial index/transcriptions of African American cemeteries
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*[http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/junction/CJ-TX-NDX.html Cemetery Junction]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links to cemetery transcriptions
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Individual cemeteries:
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=159044 Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Stonewall] BillionGraves
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==== Census  ====
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/gillespie/gilltoc.htm 1850 Census&nbsp;] ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/gillespie/gilltoc.htm 1860 Census&nbsp;] ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{TX Church Intro}}
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*[http://www.churchangel.com/texas.htm Texas Christian Church Directory ]~ ChurchAngel
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*[http://www.dioceseofbmt.org/parishes/index.html Catholic Parishes in Texas]
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/gillespie/gilltoc.htm Naturalization Records]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/gillespie/land/gillespi.txt Land Survey Abstract Indicies Gillespie County]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{TX County Histories}}
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*[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txgillespie/gi-refs.htm Books on Gillespie County]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/museums.html Texas Museums]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; List of all museums in Texas&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
[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.hiddenancestors.com/maps.html Historical Maps]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; From the Republic to the Turn of the Century&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/gillespie/military/civilwar/pensions/gillcsa.txt Civil War Pension Applications]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/gillespie/military/civilwar/pensions/gillisngt.txt Confederate Indigent Families]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/gillespie/military/koreanwar/casualties.txt Korean War Casualties]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/military.html Military Resources] ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom&nbsp;~&nbsp;Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/fallen_heroes.htm Fallen Heroes]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/veterans/veterans.htm Honoring Our Veterans] ~ Partial index of veterans from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Gillespie}}
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Access obituaries January 1, 1980 through December 31,2004 at the [http://www.fbgtxgensoc.org/obit_index.shtml Fredericksburg Genealogical Society] website.&nbsp; These obituaries came from two newspapers, ''The Fredericksburg Standard ''and ''The Fredericksburg Radio Post. &nbsp;''The [http://www.fredericksburg.lib.tx.us/ Pioneer Memorial Library] has copies of Fredericksburg newspapers on microfilm, with issues beginning in 1890.
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==== Obituaries  ====
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Access obituaries January 1, 1980 through December 31,2004 at the [http://www.fbgtxgensoc.org/obit_index.shtml Fredericksburg Genealogical Society] website. These obituaries came from two newspapers, The Fredericksburg Standard and The Fredericksburg Radio Post.
  
Access obituaries January 1, 1980 through December 31,2004 at the [http://www.fbgtxgensoc.org/obit_index.html Fredericksburg Genealogical Society] website.&nbsp; These obituaries came from two newspapers, ''The Fredericksburg Standard '' and ''The Fredericksburg Radio Post. &nbsp;''The[http://www.fredericksburg.lib.tx.us/ Pioneer Memorial Library ]has copies of Fredericksburg newspapers on microfilm, with issues beginning in 1890.
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*[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txgillespie/gobit.html Gillespie County Obituaries]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/obituaryresources.html Obituary Resources] ~ Links to research and locate obituaries ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/obits/tx/obitstx.htm USGenWeb Archives Obituary Project]&nbsp;&nbsp;~&nbsp; Texas
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*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/drdb/ Afrigeneas] ~ African American death notices, obituaries and funeral programs compiled by users from current newspapers and historical sources
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*[http://www.daddezio.com/obituary/depot/OB-TX-NDX.html Obituary Depot&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; Texas Newspaper Citations
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/obituaries.html Obituary Project] ~ Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~obituary/ Obituary Daily Times&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; Citations to over 15,000,000 obituaries including interactive search function
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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{{TX Probate Intro}}
  
==== Taxation ====
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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)
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{{TX Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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{{TX Vital Intro}}
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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.
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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.
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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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*[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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*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Texas&nbsp; 1850 - 1930
  
*[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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*[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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== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
== Web Sites  ==
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Pioneer Memorial Library<br>115 W Main St<br>Fredericksburg, TX 78624<br>Phone: (830) 997-6513<br>[http://www.fredericksburg.lib.tx.us/ Website]
  
*[http://txgenweb.org/ TEXAS GenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county
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<br>Harper Library<br>23797 Us Hwy 290 West<br>Harper, TX 78631<br>Phone: (830) 864-4993<br>[http://harpertxlibrary.org/ Website]  
  
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=193488&subject_disp=Texas%2C+Gillespie&columns=*,0,0 Family History Library Catalog]
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[http://www.fbgtxgensoc.org/index.shtml Fredericksburg Genealogical Society]
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(The organization dissolved in 2008, but still keeps a website with Gillespie County information)
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==== '''Family History Centers<br>'''  ====
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*[[Fredericksburg Texas Family History Center]]
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106 E Driftwood<br>Fredericksburg, Gillespie, Texas, United States<br>Phone: 830-997-5018<br>Hours: Th 11am-6pm; click on link above for current hours
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<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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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/gillespie/gilltoc.htm Gillespie County Archives&nbsp;] ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txgillespie/ Gillespie County]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb
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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.
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com Hidden Ancestors]&nbsp; Information on Texas genealogy research as well as genealogy research in general.
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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.
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*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Gillespie|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
  
 
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Guide to Gillespie County Texas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Contents

County Courthouse

Gillespie County Courthouse
101 W Main Street PO Box 551
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Phone: 830.997.6515

County Clerk has birth, marriage and probate records 1850,
death records from 1902, land records from 1848 and court
records from 1954; District Clerk has divorce records[1]


Vital Records, Public Record Search Indexes from Gillespie County Courthouse

[1]http://www.gillespiecounty.org/default.aspx?name=records_search


History

A cholera epidemic in 1849 took a heavy toll of the early settlers.

Parent County

1848--Gillespie County was created 23 February 1848 from Bexar and Travis Counties. County seat: Fredericksburg [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1850--Courthouse and many county records were destroyed by fire in July 1850.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

African American

Cemeteries

Access cemetery information for Gillespie County at Fredericksburg Genealogical Society. This index to burials includes a surname and maiden name search.  Cemetery information is found by clicking on a cemetery name.  Individual photos are accessed by clicking on the camera icon.  There are some maps with cemetery section plans. This site includes about 3,500 cemetery photos and 50 cemeteries.

Individual cemeteries:

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.

Court

Naturalization Records  ~  USGenWeb Archives Project

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 Family History Library Catalog lists microfilm copies of deeds, trust deeds, and mortgages of many counties.

Land Survey Abstract Indicies Gillespie County  ~  USGenWeb Archives Project

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Gillespie County, Texas. 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

Military

Newspapers

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

Access obituaries January 1, 1980 through December 31,2004 at the Fredericksburg Genealogical Society website.  These obituaries came from two newspapers, The Fredericksburg Standard and The Fredericksburg Radio Post.  The Pioneer Memorial Library has copies of Fredericksburg newspapers on microfilm, with issues beginning in 1890.

Obituaries

Access obituaries January 1, 1980 through December 31,2004 at the Fredericksburg Genealogical Society website. These obituaries came from two newspapers, The Fredericksburg Standard and The Fredericksburg Radio Post.

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 or ordered electronically online


Societies and Libraries

Pioneer Memorial Library
115 W Main St
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Phone: (830) 997-6513
Website


Harper Library
23797 Us Hwy 290 West
Harper, TX 78631
Phone: (830) 864-4993
Website


Fredericksburg Genealogical Society

(The organization dissolved in 2008, but still keeps a website with Gillespie County information)


Family History Centers

106 E Driftwood
Fredericksburg, Gillespie, Texas, United States
Phone: 830-997-5018
Hours: Th 11am-6pm; click on link above for current hours


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), Gillespie 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).