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County Courthouse

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Uvalde County Courthouse
PO Box 284
Uvalde, TX 78802
Phone: 830.278.6614 

County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, probate, Courth, and land records from 1856; District Clerk has divorce records[1]


Uvalde County has been home to five courthouses.[2] The first courthouse was completed in May 1857, with the first floor of the building housing the courthouse and jail, in rooms with 9' tall ceilings. The second floor, used for county offices had ceilings that were 5' tall at the eves.[3] The 1870 courthouse was a cypress wood frame building. A fourth courthouse was built in 1877. In 1890, an ornate Second Empire style courthouse topped with a clock tower and lightning rods was built. In 1927, the construction began on the current courthouse, shown at right, a brick and concrete structure. The building is a Recorded Texas Landmark. [4]

Uvalde County Courthouse
Ramona Hobbs, County Clerk
Corner of Main (U.S. 90) and Getty
P.O. Box 284
Uvalde, Texas 78802-0284
(830) 278-6614
Uvalde County Government Website

Inventory of the county archives of Texas : Uvalde County, no. 232, 1941. Historical Records Survey. Inventory of records housed in the Uvalde County Courthouse as of 1936-1937. Digital book on line at the Portal to Texas History.

History

The first Anglo-American settlers arrived in 1852. The name Uvalde was originally known as "Ugalde".

Parent County

1850--Uvalde County was created 8 February 1850 from Bexar county. Uvalde County was organized in February 1856County seat: Encina, renamed Uvalde in 1856. [5] [6]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Knippa | Sabinal | Utopia | Uvalde | Uvalde Estates

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

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.

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 Uvalde 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.

  • Oldtimers: Frontier Days in the Uvalde Section of Southwest Texas, 1939, by Florence Fenley.
  • A Proud Heritage: A History of Uvalde County, 1975.
  • Uvalde County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Uvalde 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, ordered electronically online or download an application for Texas Birth and Death Certificate, Marriage or Divorce Verification Application to mail.

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county


References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Uvalde County, Texas. Page 675 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. HistoricTexas.net: Uvalde County http://www3.historictexas.net/uvalde-county-texas
  3. Inventory of the county archives of Texas : Uvalde County, no. 232, Book, May 1941
  4. Historical Marker: Uvalde County Courthouse, located at the corner of Main (Hwy 90) and Getty, Uvalde.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Handbook of Texas Online: Uvalde County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcu03

 

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