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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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Founded February 23, 1848
County Seat Fredericksburg
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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



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


African American


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:




Naturalization Records  ~  USGenWeb Archives Project


Land Survey Abstract Indicies Gillespie County  ~  USGenWeb Archives Project

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Gillespie 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.




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.


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.



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.

Societies and Libraries

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

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

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


  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).


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