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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Texas Counties K|Counties K]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] Kerr County'' <br>{{Adoption Hidden Ancestors}} {{Infobox U.S. County
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties K|Counties K]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Kerr County'' <br>  
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Guide to '''Kerr County Texas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Infobox U.S. County
 
| county = Kerr County
 
| county = Kerr County
 
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| founded date = January 26
 
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| seat wl = Kerrville
 
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== County Courthouse  ==
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== County Courthouse <br> ==
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[http://www.co.kerr.tx.us/ Kerr County Courthouse]<br> 700 Main Street<br> Kerrville, TX 78028-5323<br> Phone: 830.792.2255&nbsp;<br><br>County Clerk has birth and death recrods from 1903, <br>marriage, probate, land and court records from 1856; <br>District Clerk has divorce&nbsp;records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kerr County, Texas. Page 668 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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Kerr County has had five courthouses and two county seats. When Kerr County was formed in 1856, the town of Brownsborough changed its name to Kerrville and became the county seat. The first Kerr County Courthouse was built in Kerrville in 1856. In 1860 the county seat moved to the town of Comfort where a new courthouse was built in 1861. In 1862, Comfort became a part of the newly formed [[Kendall County, Texas|Kendall]] County, the county seat was returned to Kerrville, where it has remained. Courthouses were built in Kerrville in 1876, 1886, and in 1926, which is the current courthouse. <ref>TexasEscapes.com : Kerr County Courthouse http://www.texasescapes.com/TOWNS/Kerrville/Kerr-County-Courthouse-Kerrville-Texas.htm</ref><ref>HistoricTexas.net: Kerr County http://www3.historictexas.net/kerr-county-texas</ref>
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[http://www.co.kerr.tx.us/ Kerr County Government Website]
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Kerr County; 700 Main St; Kerrville, TX 78028-5323; Ph. 830.792.2255 Details: (Co Clk has b &amp; d rec from 1903, m, pro, land &amp; ct rec from 1856; Dis Clk has div rec)
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
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'''1862 -- '''Eastern portion of Kerr County, including the town of Comfort, became part of the newly formed [[Kendall County, Texas|Kendall]] County.
  
 
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==== Populated Places  ====
 
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Center Point | Hunt | Ingram | Kerrville | Mountain Home<br>
  
 
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/kerr/cemeteries.htm Kerr County Cemeteries]&nbsp;&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/kerr/cemeteries.htm Kerr County Cemeteries]&nbsp;&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project  
*[http://kerrco.vibobgen.com/KerrCoBurialIndex.htm Kerr County Cemetery Master Index]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb
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*[http://historictexascemeteries.com/kerr/kerr-county-cemeteries Kerr County Cemeteries] - Maps, transcriptions, information
 
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html Tombstone Transcription Project] ~ Partial transcription of cemetery tombstones ~ USGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html Tombstone Transcription Project] ~ Partial transcription of cemetery tombstones ~ USGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.historictexas.net/cemeteries/1-countytables.htm Texas Historic Cemeteries] ~ Partial indexes to historic cemeteries  
 
*[http://www.historictexas.net/cemeteries/1-countytables.htm Texas Historic Cemeteries] ~ Partial indexes to historic cemeteries  
 
*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/tx/ African American Cemeteries Online]&nbsp;~ Partial index/transcriptions of African American cemeteries  
 
*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/tx/ African American Cemeteries Online]&nbsp;~ Partial index/transcriptions of African American cemeteries  
 
*[http://www.texasescapes.com/DEPARTMENTS/Grave_Thoughts/TexasCemeteries.htm Texas Escapes] Listing of Texas cemeteries with transcriptions and lots of pictures.
 
*[http://www.texasescapes.com/DEPARTMENTS/Grave_Thoughts/TexasCemeteries.htm Texas Escapes] Listing of Texas cemeteries with transcriptions and lots of pictures.
 
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*[http://www.churchangel.com/texas.htm Texas Christian Church Directory ]~ ChurchAngel  
 
*[http://www.churchangel.com/texas.htm Texas Christian Church Directory ]~ ChurchAngel  
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==== Court  ====
 
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==== Land ====
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==== Local Histories  ====
 
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*''Kerr County, Texas, 1856–1956,'' by Bob Bennett, (rev. by Clara Watkins ''Kerr County, Texas, 1856–1976, ''Hill Country Preservation Society, 1975).
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*[http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hck06 Kerr County History] from the Handbook of Texas Online<br>
 
*[http://kerrco.vibobgen.com/KerrPhotosMore.htm Kerr Photos, Stories and More&nbsp;] ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://kerrco.vibobgen.com/KerrPhotosMore.htm Kerr Photos, Stories and More&nbsp;] ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/museums.html Texas Museums]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; List of all museums in Texas&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/museums.html Texas Museums]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; List of all museums in Texas&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Kerr}}
  
 
*[http://www.hometownnews.com/tx.htm Home Town News]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Texas Newspaper Index with links  
 
*[http://www.hometownnews.com/tx.htm Home Town News]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Texas Newspaper Index with links  
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==== Probate  ====
 
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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)
 
*[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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==== Vital Records  ====
 
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*[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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*[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.  
*[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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*[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.  
 
*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_marriage_records.htm Texas Marriage Records&nbsp; 1966 - 2005]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_marriage_records.htm Texas Marriage Records&nbsp; 1966 - 2005]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records&nbsp; 1968&nbsp;- 2005]&nbsp;&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records&nbsp; 1968&nbsp;- 2005]&nbsp;&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Texas&nbsp; 1850 - 1930
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*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Texas&nbsp; 1850-1930
 
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== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
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Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library<br>505 Water St<br>Kerrville, TX 78028<br>Phone: (830) 257-8422<br>[http://www.bhmlibrary.org/ Website]  
 
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[http://www.daddezio.com/society/hill/SH-TX-NDX.html Society Hill]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies
  
[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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==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
 
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Guide to Kerr County Texas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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County Courthouse

Kerr County Courthouse
700 Main Street
Kerrville, TX 78028-5323
Phone: 830.792.2255 

County Clerk has birth and death recrods from 1903,
marriage, probate, land and court records from 1856;
District Clerk has divorce records[1]

Kerr County has had five courthouses and two county seats. When Kerr County was formed in 1856, the town of Brownsborough changed its name to Kerrville and became the county seat. The first Kerr County Courthouse was built in Kerrville in 1856. In 1860 the county seat moved to the town of Comfort where a new courthouse was built in 1861. In 1862, Comfort became a part of the newly formed Kendall County, the county seat was returned to Kerrville, where it has remained. Courthouses were built in Kerrville in 1876, 1886, and in 1926, which is the current courthouse. [2][3]

Kerr County Government Website

Kerr County; 700 Main St; Kerrville, TX 78028-5323; Ph. 830.792.2255 Details: (Co Clk has b & d rec from 1903, m, pro, land & ct rec from 1856; Dis Clk has div rec)

History

Parent County

1856--Kerr County was created 26 January 1856 from Bexar County. County seat: Kerrville [4]

Boundary Changes

1862 -- Eastern portion of Kerr County, including the town of Comfort, became part of the newly formed Kendall County.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Center Point | Hunt | Ingram | Kerrville | Mountain Home

Neighboring Counties

Resources

African American

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

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.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Kerr 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.

  • Kerr County, Texas, 1856–1956, by Bob Bennett, (rev. by Clara Watkins Kerr County, Texas, 1856–1976, Hill Country Preservation Society, 1975).
  • Kerr County History from the Handbook of Texas Online
  • Kerr Photos, Stories and More  ~  TXGenWeb
  • Texas Museums  ~  List of all museums in Texas  ~  Hidden Ancestors

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Kerr County, Texas 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

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

Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library
505 Water St
Kerrville, TX 78028
Phone: (830) 257-8422
Website

Society Hill  ~  Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kerr County, Texas. Page 668 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. TexasEscapes.com : Kerr County Courthouse http://www.texasescapes.com/TOWNS/Kerrville/Kerr-County-Courthouse-Kerrville-Texas.htm
  3. HistoricTexas.net: Kerr County http://www3.historictexas.net/kerr-county-texas
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).