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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties M|Counties M]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Matagorda County'' <br>  
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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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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
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[http://www.co.matagorda.tx.us/ips/cms Matagorda County Courthouse]<br> 1700 7th Street<br> Bay City, TX 77414<br> Phone: 979.244.7680 <br><br>County Clerk has birth records from 1903, <br>marriage records from 1838, death records<br> from 1917, land records from 1827, probate<br> records form late 1800’s, military records from <br>1919 and court records from 1981<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Matagorda County, Texas. Page 669 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref> <br>
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[http://www.co.matagorda.tx.us/ips/cms/index.html Matagorda County Courthouse - today]  
 
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'''[http://www.co.matagorda.tx.us/ips/cms/countyoffices/countyClerk.html County Clerk]<br>'''1700 7th Street, Room 202<br>Bay City, TX 77414-5094<br>(979) 244-7680
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'''[http://www.co.matagorda.tx.us/ips/cms/districtcourt/districtClerk.html District Clerk]<br>'''1700 7th Street, Room 307<br>Bay City, TX 77414<br>(979) 244-7621
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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See an interactive map of Matagorda County [http://www.genealogyinc.com/texas/maps/ border changes].
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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== [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/kids_county.htm Matagorda County For Kids]  ==
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/towns.htm Towns and Communities]
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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==== African-American Information  ====
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/aa.htm Matagorda County]
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*[http://www.texasslaveryproject.org/ Texas Slavery Project]
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
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Matagorda County Cemeteries (rootsweb)  
 
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&nbsp;Find-A-Grave (Matagorda county)  
 
&nbsp;Find-A-Grave (Matagorda county)  
  
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==== '''Census Records'''  ====
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/matagorda/census/1850/1850indx.txt 1850 Index]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/aa_1870.htm 1870 African-American Families]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/palacios_point_1870.htm 1870 Palacios Point]
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/frameset_search.asp?PAGE=census/search_census.asp 1880 Search at FamilySearch]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/cp_1910_census_part1.htm 1910 Collegeport Community]
  
 
==== Churches  ====
 
==== Churches  ====
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{{TX Church Intro}}
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/churches.htm Matagorda County churches]  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/churches.htm Matagorda County Churches]
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/brands.htm Brands and Marks]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/court_probate.htm Early Probate Records]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/naturalizations_index.htm Naturalizations]
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*[http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/local/matagorda.html Records on Microfilm]
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==== Historical Markers  ====
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*[http://www.matagordatourism.com/historicalmarkers/matahismarks.htm Matagorda Tourism]
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*[http://www.texas-settlement.org/markers/matagorda/ Texas Settlement Region]
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
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==== Local Histories  ====
 
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/history_makers.htm History Maker Biographies]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/family_hist.htm Family Histories]
  
 
==== [[Image:Matagorda County (highlighted).JPG|right|Matagorda County Texas (highlighted)]]Maps  ====
 
==== [[Image:Matagorda County (highlighted).JPG|right|Matagorda County Texas (highlighted)]]Maps  ====
  
[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site  
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*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site  
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*[http://atlas.thc.state.tx.us/shell-county.htm Texas Historical Commission Atlas]
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/military.htm General Military Links]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/confederate.htm Confederate Military Information]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/gsm.htm Gold Star Mothers]
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*[http://history-sites.com/~kjones/ Texas in the Civil War]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/casualties.htm War Casualties]
  
 
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Matagorda}}
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*[http://baycitytribune.com/ Bay City Tribune]
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*[http://www.matagordaadvocate.com/ Matagorda County Advocate]
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*[http://www.palaciosbeacon.com/home/index.shtml Palacios Beacon]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/newspapers_mcm.htm Newspapers Available at Matagorda County Museum]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/celebrations_1912-1914.htm Celebrations] - Articles about events
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/obituaries.htm Obituaries]
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==== [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/photos.htm Photographs]  ====
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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{{TX Probate Intro}}
  
==== Taxation ====
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*Early Probate Records
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==== [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/txrevolution.htm Republic of Texas] ====
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==== [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/school_history.htm Schools]  ====
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'''A wiki article describing an online collections is found at:'''
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[[Texas, Matagorda County, School Census Records (FamilySearch Historical Collection)|Texas, Matagorda County, School Census Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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==== Taxation ====
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{{TX Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
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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.
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1320964Texas 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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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/marriages.htm Marriages and Wedding Articles]
  
*[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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*[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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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/1867_voters.htm 1867 Voters' Registration]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/suffrage.htm Women's Suffrage and 1918 Registration]
  
'''Matagorda County Genealogy Society'''&nbsp; - publishes "<u>''Oak Leaves''</u>" genealogical data about Matagorda County twice a year (Feb. &amp;&nbsp;Aug.).
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== Societies, Libraries and Museums  ==
  
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'''[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/mcgs.htm MATAGORDA COUNTY GENEALOGICAL S<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1302662776819_594" />OCIETY]'''&nbsp; - publishes "<u>''Oak Leaves''</u>" genealogical data about Matagorda County twice a year (Feb. &amp;&nbsp;Aug.).<br>1100 Seventh Street<br>Bay City, TX&nbsp; 77414-4915<br>[mailto:mcgs@yahoo.com carolsgibbs@yahoo.com]&nbsp;
  
Bay City, TX&nbsp; 77414-4915
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&nbsp;[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/mchc.htm '''MATAGORDA COUNTY HISTORICAL COMMISSION''']<br>P. O. Box 275<br>Blessing, TX 77419-0275
  
[mailto:mcgs@yahoo.com mcgs@yahoo.com]  
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[http://www.baycitytxlib.org/ '''BAY CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY''']<br>1100 7th St.<br>Bay City, TX 77414
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/mcgs.htm MCGS]<br>
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'''[http://www.palacioslibrary.org/ PALACIOS LIBRARY]'''<br>326 Main St.<br>Palacios, TX 77465
  
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&nbsp;'''[http://www.matagordamuseum.org/ MATAGORDA COUNTY MUSEUM]'''<br>2100 Avenue F.<br>Bay City, TX 77414
  
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&nbsp;'''PALACIOS AREA HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION<br>[http://www.citybytheseamuseum.org/default.html CITY BY THE SEA MUSEUM]'''<br>401 Commerce Street<br>Palacios, TX 77465
  
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==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
  
Bay City, TX 77414<br>
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*[[Bay City Texas Family History Center]]
  
[http://www.baycitytxlib.org/ Bay City Public Library]
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== Web Sites  ==
 
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*[http://txgenweb.org/ TEXAS GenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county  
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*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/ Texas GenWeb - Matagorda County]<br>
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/ TXGenWeb - Matagorda County]  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=193747&subject_disp=Texas%2C+Matagorda&columns=*,0,0 Family History Library Catalog]
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*[http://www.thc.state.tx.us/ Texas Historical Commission]
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*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Matagorda|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
  
 
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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

Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Findagrave.com

Family History Library

Findagrave.com

Interment.net

WorldCat

Names in Stone

USGenWeb


Billion Graves

Billion Graves


Cemeteries of Texas



Names in Stone



See Texas Cemeteries for more information.
Additional Cemetery Sources

Matagorda County Cemeteries (rootsweb)

Cemeteries of Matagorda County Texas (Cemeteries of Texas project)

 Find-A-Grave (Matagorda county)

Census Records

Churches

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

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).