Karnes County, Texas Genealogy

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

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Founded February 4, 1854
County Seat Karnes City
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Contents

County Courthouse

Karnes County Courthouse
101 N Panna Maria Street
Karnes City, TX 78118
Phone: 830.780.3938 

County Clerk has birth, death and court records from 1900,
marriage records from 1875, probate records from 1870
and land records from 1854; District Clerk has divorce records
from 1858[1]

History

Parent County

1854--Karnes County was created 4 Febrary 1854 from Bexar, De Witt, Goliad, and San Patricio Counties.
County seat: Karnes City [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1865--Courthouse and most records of the county clerk were destroyed by fire in July 1865.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

African American

Cemeteries


Census

1880 Karnes County Census (polish areas)  ~  USGenWeb Archives Project

Church

Court

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 FamilySearch Catalog lists microfilm copies of deeds, trust deeds, and mortgages of many counties.


Land Survey Abstract Indices of the Original Land Owners of Texas  ~  TXGenWeb

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Karnes 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.

Maps

Military

Newspapers

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

Obituaries

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

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

Kenedy Public Library
303 W Main St
Kenedy, TX 78119
Phone: (830) 583-3313


Falls City Public Library
206 N Irvin
Falls City, TX 78113
Phone: (830) 254-3361


Karnes City Public Library
302 S Panna Maria Ave
Karnes City, TX 78118
Phone: (830) 780-2539


Runge Public Library
311 N Helena St
Runge, TX 78151
Phone: (830) 239-4192

Family History Centers

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), Karnes County, Texas. Page 667 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).