Hays County, Texas Genealogy

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

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Hays County, Texas
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Location in the state of Texas
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Location of Texas in the U.S.
Founded March 1, 1848
County Seat San Marcos
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County Courthouse

Hays County Courthouse
137 N Guadalupe Street
San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone: 512.393.7330

County Clerk has probate records from 1839, birth records
from 1865, marriage, court, and land records from 1848
and military records from 1919; District Clerk has divorce
records from 1897[1]


The first Anglo-American arrived around 1835, the first church was organized in 1847 and the first school was organized in 1849. A Spanish settlement was in the area from 1808 to 1812. Mexican land grants date as early as 1831.

Parent County

1848--Hays County was created 1 March 1848 from Travis County. County seat: San Marcos [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties


African American


Individual cemeteries





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  ~  USGenWeb Archives Project

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Hays 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.

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



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.


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

Kyle Community Library
409 W Blanco St
Kyle, TX 78640
Phone: (512) 268-7411

San Marcos Public Library
625 E Hopkins St
San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone: (512) 393-8200

Buda Public Library
303 N Main St
Buda, TX 78610
Phone: (512) 295-5899

Dripping Springs Community Library
501 Sportsplex Dr
Dripping Springs, TX 78620
Phone: (512) 858-7825

Wimberley Village Library
400 Fm 2325
Wimberley, TX 78676
Phone: (512) 847-2188

Family History Centers

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), Hays County, Texas. Page 666 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).