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

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Contents

County Courthouse

Matagorda County Courthouse
1700 7th Street
Bay City, TX 77414
Phone: 979.244.7680

County Clerk has birth records from 1903,
marriage records from 1838, death records
from 1917, land records from 1827, probate
records form late 1800’s, military records from
1919 and court records from 1981[1]



Matagorda County Courthouse - today

Matagorda County Courthouse - 1928


Matagorda County Courthouse - 1896


Matagorda County Courthouse -1848 

 

County Clerk
1700 7th Street, Room 202
Bay City, TX 77414-5094
(979) 244-7680

District Clerk
1700 7th Street, Room 307
Bay City, TX 77414
(979) 244-7621


History

Part of Stephen F. Austin's Colony.

The Handbook of Texas Online - Matagorda County

Parent County

1836--Matagorda County was created 17 March 1836 from an Old Mexican Municipality. County seat: Bay City [2]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Matagorda County border changes.

Record Loss

Matagorda County For Kids

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

African-American Information

Cemeteries

Matagorda County Cemeteries (rootsweb)

Cemeteries of Matagorda County Texas (Cemeteries of Texas project)

 Find-A-Grave (Matagorda county)

Census Records

Churches

Court

Historical Markers

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 Matagorda 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.

Matagorda County Texas (highlighted)
Maps

Military

Newspapers

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

Obituaries

For current obituaries see newspaper sites above

Photographs

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.

  • Early Probate Records

Republic of Texas

Schools

A wiki article describing an online collections is found at:

Texas, Matagorda County, School Census Records (FamilySearch Historical 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

Voting

Societies, Libraries and Museums

MATAGORDA COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY  - publishes "Oak Leaves" genealogical data about Matagorda County twice a year (Feb. & Aug.).
1100 Seventh Street
Bay City, TX  77414-4915
carolsgibbs@yahoo.com 

 MATAGORDA COUNTY HISTORICAL COMMISSION
P. O. Box 275
Blessing, TX 77419-0275

BAY CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY
1100 7th St.
Bay City, TX 77414

PALACIOS LIBRARY
326 Main St.
Palacios, TX 77465

 MATAGORDA COUNTY MUSEUM
2100 Avenue F.
Bay City, TX 77414

 PALACIOS AREA HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
CITY BY THE SEA MUSEUM

401 Commerce Street
Palacios, TX 77465

Family History Centers

 

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Matagorda County, Texas. Page 669 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).