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

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County Courthouse

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Menard County Courthouse
PO Box 1028
Menard, Texas 76859
Phone: 915.396.4682

County Clerk has birth and court records from 1900, marriage records from 1878, death records from 1917, divorce records from 1889, probate and land records from 1880[1]

This is the third and present day courthouse for Menard County, Texas.  Built in 1931, it replaced the old 1885 building and provided much needed jobs for the community at a reported wage of 25 cents per hour.[2]

The county was awarded grant funds in 2004 from the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program.[3]  A major part of the renovation was completed in 2007 and county officials returned to the courthouse.

Menard County; PO Box 1028; Menard, TX 76859; Ph. 915.396.4682 Details: (Co Clk has b & ct rec from 1900, m rec from 1878, d rec from 1917, div rec from 1889, pro & land rec from 1880)

History

The first permanent Anglo-American settlement was Menardville in 1867. Unfortunately, they were not able to establish their own government until 1871, when Menardville was officially named the county seat.

Menard County was named in honor of Michel Branamour Menard (1805-1856), who was an early settler of Galveston, TX. Located in Central Texas, Menard County is on the edge of the Edwards Plateau and lies within the Colorado River basin.

Parent County

1858--Menard County was created 22 January 1858 from Bexar Land District. County seat: Menard [4]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

None.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Ft. McKavett

Community

Military

Hext
  • Hext History - Menard TXGenWeb Site.  History of the community.  Also known as Wagnerville.
Menard

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Ft. McKavett Cemetery

The Ft. McKavett Cemetery is located near the Ft. McKavett State Park.  It was the original burial site for the soldiers of the Fort and residents of the McKavett Community.  There is also a Catholic section of burials in this cemetery.

Garden of Memories Cemetery

A Catholic Cemetery for the town of Menard that was established around the early to mid-1930's.

Hext Cemetery

Cemetery for the residents of the Hext community.

  • Hext Burials - Find-A-Grave listing of graves in the Hext Cemetery.  Can be searched by name or browse all burials.
Little Saline Cemetery

Cemetery for the Saline Community.

Noguess Cemetery

A family cemetery located on private property.  It is also known as the Vaughan Cemetery.

Old Catholic Cemetery

This cemetery is also known as "The Decker Cemetery" and "Cleo Highway Cemetery".

Opp Cemetery

This cemetery is also known as the Bihl Cemetery.

  • Opp Cemetery - Listings and pictures of Opp/Bihl Cemetery from Menard TXGenWeb site.
  • Opp Cemetery - Listings from Find-A-Grave
Pioneer Rest Cemetery

This was the original cemetery for the town of Menardville.

Rest Haven Cemetery

Rest Haven Cemetery is the newer cemetery for the town of Menard.  It was established in the early 1930's when it became apparent that Pioneer Rest Cemetery was filled to capacity.

Splittgerber Cemetery

This cemetery is also known as the "Ellis Cemetery".

Waddell Cemetery

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.

Church of Christ

First Baptist Church - 300 Tipton Street, Menard - (325) 396-4701

First United Methodist Church - 201 Gay Street, Menard - (325) 396-2452

Lutheran Church

Menard Cowboy Church - Church website.  2711 Ryan Road, Menard - (325) 396-2319

Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Historic)

Sacred Heart Catholic 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 Family History Library Catalog lists microfilm copies of deeds, trust deeds, and mortgages of many counties.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Menard 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.

Maps

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

Military

Newspapers

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

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

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Menard County, Texas. Page 670 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Menard News and Messenger of March 26, 1931
  3. Round IV Grant receipient - Texas Historical Commission Report
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).