Kinney County, Texas Genealogy

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*[ 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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Revision as of 17:11, 9 April 2013

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

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County Courthouse 

Kinney County Courthouse
PO Drawer 9
Brackettville, TX 78832
Phone: 830.563.2521 

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage records from 1872, divorce, probate, court
and  land records from 1873; St. Mary’s Catholic Church,
Brackettville, Texas has burial records[1]


First settlement in 1834 was abandoned until the establishment of Fort Clark in 1852.

Parent County

1850--Kinney County was created 28 January 1850 from Bexar Land District. County seat: Brackettville [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places 

BrackettVille is the largest town in Kinney County, population is approximately 1100 persons.

Fort Clark which is now a subdiVision and membership community swells to over 1,000 persons in the Winter when the winter folks arrive from the colder climates in the northern states.

Spofford is a small town to the South of Brackettville on State Hwy 131. Presently there are approximately 90 residents in this town.

John Quigley, Alderman, Spofford.

Neighboring Counties



Brackettville Cemetery

Seminole Indian Scout Cemetery

Masonic Cemetery

Ballantyne Family Cemetery

Spofford City Cemetery

VFW Cemetery

Roman Catholic Church Cemetery

Vincent Family Cemetery, Spofford

Chapman Ranch Cemetery


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.



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.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Kinney 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.


Texas Counties Map. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site.



Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Kinney 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.


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.

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.

  • Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998 [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
  • Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]
    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.

Societies and Libraries 


PO Box, 975, Brackettville TX 78832

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kinney County, Texas. Page 668 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).