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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.


County Courthouse

 This is the third and present day courthouse for Menard County, Texas.

Built in 1931, it replaced the old 1885 courthouse building and provided much needed jobs for the community at a reported wage of 25 cents per hour.[1]

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


The first permanent Anglo-American settlement was Menardville in 1867.

Parent County

1858--Menard County was created 22 January 1858 from Bexar Land District. County seat: Menard [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Ft. McKavett

Neighboring Counties



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.

Old Catholic Cemetery

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

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".




Local Histories


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





Vital Records


In 1903, it became mandatory to record births in Texas.


In 1903, it became mandatory to record deaths 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.
  • Texas 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.
  • Menard County, Tx Death Index
    Menard County, Texas Death Index sorted by surname from Menard TxGenWeb site (partial listing)

Societies and Libraries

Web Sites


  1. Menard News and Messenger of March 26, 1931
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).


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