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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties S|Counties S]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Starr County'' <br>  
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Genealogy|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties S|Counties S]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Starr County'' <br>  
  
Guide to '''Starr County Texas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Guide to '''Starr County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
  
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[http://www.co.starr.tx.us/ips/cms Starr County Courthouse]<br>Rm 201<br>Rio Grande City,&nbsp;TX 78582<br>Phone: 956.487.2101<br><br>County Clerk has birth records from 1880, death <br>records from 1903, marriage records from 1858, <br>probate records from 1853, land records from 1848, <br>court records from 1932, naturalization records<br> 1883-1898 and military discharge records from 1919<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Starr County, Texas. Page 674 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
[http://www.co.starr.tx.us/ips/cms Starr County Courthouse]<br>Rm 201<br>Rio Grande City,&nbsp;TX 78582<br>Phone: 956.487.2101<br><br>County Clerk has birth records from 1880, death <br>records from 1903, marriage records from 1858, <br>probate records from 1853, land records from 1848, <br>court records from 1932, naturalization records<br> 1883-1898 and military discharge records from 1919<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Starr County, Texas. Page 674 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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'''County Clerk'''
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100 N. FM 3167 Ste. 204<br>Rio Grande City 78582<br>Phone: 956-716-4800 (Ext: 4827)<br>Fax: 956-716-8161
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'''District Clerk'''
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401 N. Britton Ave. Rm. 304<br>Rio Grande City 78582<br>Phone: 956-716-4800<br>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1848--'''Starr County was created 10 February 1848 from [[Nueces County, Texas|Nueces]] County. '''County seat:''' Rio Grande City. <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1848--'''Starr County was created 10 February 1848 from [[Nueces County, Texas Genealogy|Nueces]] County. '''County seat:''' Rio Grande City. <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
'''1852''' - Large portion of eastern Starr County became [[Hidalgo County, Texas|Hidalgo]] County.  
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'''1852''' - Large portion of eastern Starr County became [[Hidalgo County, Texas Genealogy|Hidalgo]] County.  
  
'''1860''' - Part of the western portion of Starr County became [[Zapata County, Texas|Zapata]] County.  
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'''1860''' - Part of the western portion of Starr County became [[Zapata County, Texas Genealogy|Zapata]] County.  
  
'''1911''' - Part of northern Starr County became [[Brooks County, Texas|Brooks]] County. <ref>Handbook of Texas Online: Starr County</ref>  
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'''1911''' - Part of northern Starr County became [[Brooks County, Texas Genealogy|Brooks]] County. <ref>Handbook of Texas Online: Starr County</ref>  
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Starr, Rio Grande|place|disp=Rio Grande}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Starr, Roma|place|disp=Roma}}
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Brooks County, Texas|Brooks]]  
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[[Brooks County, Texas Genealogy|Brooks]] {{•}} [[Hidalgo County, Texas Genealogy|Hidalgo]] {{•}} [[Jim Hogg County, Texas Genealogy|Jim Hogg]] {{•}} [[Zapata County, Texas Genealogy|Zapata]]  
*[[Hidalgo County, Texas|Hidalgo]]  
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<center>{{TX STARR County, Texas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Jim Hogg County, Texas|Jim Hogg]]  
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*[[Zapata County, Texas|Zapata]]
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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==== African American  ====
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1989155 Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records, 1865-1870](images) - FamilySearch<br>
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
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| width="31%" bgcolor="#ffff99" align="center" | '''Online Grave Transcripts'''
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| width="31%" bgcolor="#dbbff7" align="center" | '''Published Grave Transcripts'''
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| bgcolor="#dbeadc" align="center" | '''County Cemetery Directories'''
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#eddffb" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=Cemeteries%2C+Starr+County%2C+Texas WorldCat]<br>
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2733 Findagrave.com ]
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[http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
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[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery=undefined&action=search_cemetery Billion Graves ]
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[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery Billion Graves]
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[http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Etx/Starr/ListStarr.html Cemeteries of Texas]<br>
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===== Additional Cemetery Sources  =====
  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/starr/cemetery/gnisstar.txt List of Starr County Cemeteries from GNIS]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/starr/cemetery/gnisstar.txt List of Starr County Cemeteries from GNIS]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
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*[http://www.texasescapes.com/DEPARTMENTS/Grave_Thoughts/TexasCemeteries.htm Texas Escapes] Listing of Texas cemeteries with transcriptions and lots of pictures.  
 
*[http://www.texasescapes.com/DEPARTMENTS/Grave_Thoughts/TexasCemeteries.htm Texas Escapes] Listing of Texas cemeteries with transcriptions and lots of pictures.  
 
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=104049 Una de Gato Cemetery, Roma] BillionGraves
 
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=104049 Una de Gato Cemetery, Roma] BillionGraves
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==== Census  ====
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{{US Census population
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|1860= 2406
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|1870= 4154
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|1880= 8304
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|1890= 10749
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|1900= 11469
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|1910= 13151
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|1920= 11089
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|1930= 11409
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|1940= 13312
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|1950= 13948
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|1960= 17137
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|1970= 17707
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|1980= 27266
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|1990= 40518
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|2000= 53597
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|2010= 60968
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==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{TX Church Intro}}
  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txstarr/churches.htm List of Starr County Churches&nbsp; ]~&nbsp; TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txstarr/churches.htm List of Starr County Churches&nbsp; ]~&nbsp; TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.churchangel.com/texas.htm Texas Christian Church Directory ]~ ChurchAngel  
 
*[http://www.churchangel.com/texas.htm Texas Christian Church Directory ]~ ChurchAngel  
 
*[http://www.dioceseofbmt.org/parishes/index.html Catholic Parishes in Texas]
 
*[http://www.dioceseofbmt.org/parishes/index.html Catholic Parishes in Texas]
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===== Lutheran  =====
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:*Records of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Escobares, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
{{TX County Histories}}
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{{TX County Histories}}  
  
 
*[http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcs13 Starr County History] from the Handbook of Texas Online.  
 
*[http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcs13 Starr County History] from the Handbook of Texas Online.  
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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[[Image:Txstarr.jpg|600px|Txstarr.jpg]]
  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txstarr/maps/maps2.htm 1851 Map of Starr County]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txstarr/maps/maps2.htm 1851 Map of Starr County]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; TXGenWeb  
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==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
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*1838 - 1900 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2059 Texas Muster Roll Index Cards 1838-1900] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*1845 - 1848 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2058 US American Volunteer Soldiers Mexican War 1845-1848] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*[https://www.tsl.texas.gov/apps/arc/pensions/ Confederate Pension Applications] ~ Texas State Library and Archives Commission
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/starr/military/koreanwar/casualties.txt Korean War Casualties]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/starr/military/koreanwar/casualties.txt Korean War Casualties]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/starr/military/civilwar/pensions/starrcsa.txt List of Civil War Pension Applications]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/starr/military/civilwar/pensions/starrcsa.txt List of Civil War Pension Applications]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/worldwar/texas/starr.htm WWII Casualty List&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/worldwar/texas/starr.htm WWII Casualty List&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/military.html Military Resources] ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom&nbsp;~&nbsp;Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/military.html Military Resources] ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom&nbsp;~&nbsp;Hidden Ancestors  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/fallen_heroes.htm Fallen Heroes]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Fallen_Heroes.htm Fallen Heroes]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/veterans/veterans.htm Honoring Our Veterans] ~ Partial index of veterans from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/veterans.htm Honoring Our Veterans] ~ Partial index of veterans from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors  
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1932381 Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers],&nbsp; 1861-1865 - FamilySearch<br>
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1932425 Texas, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers], 1861-1865 - FamilySearch<br>
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Starr}}  
 
{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Starr}}  
  
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==== Obituaries  ====
 
==== Obituaries  ====
  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/obituaryresources.html Obituary Resources] ~ Links to research and locate obituaries ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/obituaries.html Obituary Resources] ~ Links to research and locate obituaries ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/obits/tx/obitstx.htm USGenWeb Archives Obituary Project]&nbsp;&nbsp;~&nbsp; Texas  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/obits/tx/obitstx.htm USGenWeb Archives Obituary Project]&nbsp;&nbsp;~&nbsp; Texas  
 
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/drdb/ Afrigeneas] ~ African American death notices, obituaries and funeral programs compiled by users from current newspapers and historical sources  
 
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/drdb/ Afrigeneas] ~ African American death notices, obituaries and funeral programs compiled by users from current newspapers and historical sources  
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==== Probate  ====
 
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{{TX Probate Intro}}  
 
{{TX Probate Intro}}  
  
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1800 – 2000''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2115 Texas Wills and Probate Records 1800-2000] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1800 – 1990''' {{RecordSearch|2016287|Texas Probate Records 1800-1990}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=36 Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Ancestry.com&nbsp; (subscription)
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=36 Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Ancestry.com&nbsp; (subscription)
  
==== Taxation ====
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{{TX Tax Intro}}
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{{TX Tax Intro}}  
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
{{TX Vital Intro}}
 
  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [[Texas, Death Index, 1964-1998 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
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{{TX Vital Intro}}
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===== Birth  =====
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''Online Birth Indexes and Records''
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803956 Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1935] (images and index) - FamilySearch<br>
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949342 Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997&nbsp;] (index)-&nbsp; FamilySearch<br>
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''Original Birth Records on Microfilm''
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===== Marriage  =====
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''Online Marriage Indexes and Records''
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_marriage_records.htm Texas Marriage Records&nbsp; 1966 - 2005]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803987 Texas County Marriage Records, 1837-1977] - FamilySearch.&nbsp;&nbsp;Index to a variety of marriage records (registers, licenses, intentions to marry, etc.) from select counties in Texas.''&nbsp;<br>''
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1681052 Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973&nbsp;]&nbsp; &nbsp;- &nbsp;FamilySearch record collection
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/2031191 Texas, Marriages, 1966-2010]&nbsp; &nbsp;- &nbsp;FamilySearch record collection
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*1814 - 1909 and 1966 - 2011 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8795 Texas Marriage Collection 1814-1909 and 1966-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*1837 - 1977 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60183 Texas Select County Marriage Index 1837-1977] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] index $
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<br> ''Original Marriage Records on Microfilm''
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===== Death =====
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''Online Death Indexes and Records''
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/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.  
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/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.  
*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_marriage_records.htm Texas Marriage Records&nbsp; 1966 - 2005]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949337 ''Texas, Death Index, 1903-2000''] (index) - FamilySearch<br>
*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records&nbsp; 1968&nbsp;- 2005]&nbsp;&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [[Texas, Death Index, 1964-1998 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Texas&nbsp; 1850 - 1930
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*1977 - 1986 {{RecordSearch|1930157|Texas Deaths 1977-1986}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*1903 - 1973 {{RecordSearch|1681049|Texas Deaths and Burials 1903-1973}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*1903 - 1982 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2272 Texas Death Certificates 1903-1982] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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''Original Death Records on Microfilm''
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===== Divorce  =====
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*[http://whttp://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records&nbsp; 1968&nbsp;- 2005]&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
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*1968-2010 {{RecordSearch|2038378|Texas Divorce Index 1968-2010}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*1968 - 2011 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8794 Texas Divorces 1968-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] Texas&nbsp; 1850 - 1930
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
Rio Grande City Public Library<br>591 E Canales St<br>Rio Grande City, TX 78582<br>Phone: (956)487-4389  
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'''Starr County Historical Society'''<br>301 East 4th<br>Rio Grande City, TX 78582<br>
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'''Rio Grande City Public Library'''<br>591 E Canales St<br>Rio Grande City, TX 78582<br>Phone: (956)487-4389  
  
[http://www.daddezio.com/society/hill/SH-TX-NDX.html Society Hill]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies  
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*[http://www.daddezio.com/society/hill/SH-TX-NDX.html Society Hill]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies
  
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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==== Family History Centers  ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com Hidden Ancestors]&nbsp; Information on Texas genealogy research as well as genealogy research in general.  
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com Hidden Ancestors]&nbsp; Information on Texas genealogy research as well as genealogy research in general.  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/tx/txfiles.htm USGenWeb Texas Archives] Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/tx/txfiles.htm USGenWeb Texas Archives] Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.  
*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Starr|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Starr|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==
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County Seat Rio Grande City
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County Courthouse

Starr County Courthouse
Rm 201
Rio Grande City, TX 78582
Phone: 956.487.2101

County Clerk has birth records from 1880, death
records from 1903, marriage records from 1858,
probate records from 1853, land records from 1848,
court records from 1932, naturalization records
1883-1898 and military discharge records from 1919[1]

County Clerk

100 N. FM 3167 Ste. 204
Rio Grande City 78582
Phone: 956-716-4800 (Ext: 4827)
Fax: 956-716-8161

District Clerk

401 N. Britton Ave. Rm. 304
Rio Grande City 78582
Phone: 956-716-4800

History

The first settlement was in 1753, and was part of Jose de Escandion's Colony.

Parent County

1848--Starr County was created 10 February 1848 from Nueces County. County seat: Rio Grande City. [2]

Boundary Changes

1852 - Large portion of eastern Starr County became Hidalgo County.

1860 - Part of the western portion of Starr County became Zapata County.

1911 - Part of northern Starr County became Brooks County. [3]

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Escobares | La Casita-Garciasville | La Grulla | Rio Grande City | Roma

Neighboring Counties

Brooks  • Hidalgo  • Jim Hogg  • Zapata

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Resources

African American

Cemeteries

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

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Findagrave.com

WorldCat

Findagrave.com

Interment.net


Names in Stone

USGenWeb


Billion Graves

Billion Graves



Cemeteries of Texas



Names in Stone



See Texas Cemeteries for more information.
Additional Cemetery Sources

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18602,406
18704,15472.7%
18808,30499.9%
189010,74929.4%
190011,4696.7%
191013,15114.7%
192011,089−15.7%
193011,4092.9%
194013,31216.7%
195013,9484.8%
196017,13722.9%
197017,7073.3%
198027,26654.0%
199040,51848.6%
200053,59732.3%
201060,96813.8%

Church

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.


Lutheran
  • Records of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Escobares, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

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 FamilySearch Catalog lists microfilm copies of deeds, trust deeds, and mortgages of many counties.


Local Histories

Local histories are available for Starr 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.

Maps

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Military

Newspapers

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

Obituaries

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.

Online 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.

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.

Birth

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Original Birth Records on Microfilm

Marriage

Online Marriage Indexes and Records


Original Marriage Records on Microfilm

Death

Online Death Indexes and Records

Original Death Records on Microfilm

Divorce


Societies and Libraries

Starr County Historical Society
301 East 4th
Rio Grande City, TX 78582

Rio Grande City Public Library
591 E Canales St
Rio Grande City, TX 78582
Phone: (956)487-4389

  • Society Hill  ~  Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.


Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Starr County, Texas. Page 674 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).
  3. Handbook of Texas Online: Starr County

 

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