Austin County, Texas Genealogy

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Guide to Austin 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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Austin County, Texas
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Map of Texas highlighting Austin County
Location in the state of Texas
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Location of Texas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 17, 1836
County Seat Bellville
Courthouse
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Address Austin County Courthouse
1 E Main Street
Bellville, TX 77418
Phone: 979.865.5911
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County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage, land and probate records from early 1800’s,
cemetery, court, military discharge and naturalization
records; Discharge Court has divorce records[1]


County Clerk

One East Main
Bellville 77418
Phone: 979-865-5911 ext. 197
Fax: 979-865-0336

District Clerk

One East Main
Bellville 77418
Phone: 979-865-5911 ext. 121

County Information

Austin County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1824 1850 1826 1827


History

Parent County

1836--Austin County was created 17 March 1836 from Old Mexican Municipality.

  • County seat: Bellville [2]

The county was named for Stephen F. Austin, founder of the Anglo-American colony that eventually became Texas

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Austin County border changes.

Record Loss

1960--The Austin County Courthouse, built in 1888, was destroyed by fire on April 5, 1960. Courthouse records were saved.[3]

Places/Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Towns and Cities: Bellville | Cat Springs | Industry | New Ulm | San Felipe | Sealy | Wallis | Welcome

Neighboring Counties

Colorado  • Fayette  • Fort Bend  • Waller  • Washington  • Wharton

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Resources

African American

Cemeteries

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

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
FindAGrave Family History Library FindAGrave
TX Gravestones WorldCat Tombstone Project
Billion Graves (name) Cemeteries of TX
USGW Archives Texas Cemeteries
Billion Graves (cemetery) Linkpendium
USGW Cemeteries Epodunk
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Sources

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18503,841
186010,139164.0%
187015,08748.8%
188014,429−4.4%
189017,85923.8%
190020,67615.8%
191017,699−14.4%
192018,8746.6%
193018,860−0.1%
194017,384−7.8%
195014,663−15.7%
196013,777−6.0%
197013,8310.4%
198017,72628.2%
199019,83211.9%
200023,59018.9%
201028,41720.5%

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 Trinity Lutheran Church, New Ulm, 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.


Naturalization and Citizenship

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Austin 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

  • Fallen Heroes ~ Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
  • Honoring Our Veterans ~ Partial index of veterans from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
  • Military Resources ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
  • Veterans of Austin County, Texas An internet memorial for the patriotic citizens of Austin County, Texas~Austin County, TXGenWeb
Mexican-American War
Civil War

Online Records

World War I

Newspapers

  • Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Austin County, Texas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:
TX Newspaper Abstracts (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).

Off-line Newspaper Information
Online Newspapers

  • Online Newspaper Abstracts
  • Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts in Book Form


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.

1846-1910 Texas County Tax Rolls 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

Marriage

Online Marriage Indexes and Records,br.

Death

Online Death Indexes and Records

Divorce

Societies and Libraries

The Bellville Historical Society
Concordia Hall, 953 S. Tesch Street
PO Box 67
Bellville, Texas 77418
E-mail address:BellvilleHistoricalSociety.com
Website

Austin Genealogical Society
PO Box 1507
Austin 78767-1507
Website

Austin Genealogical Society
PO Box 10010
Austin 78766-1010
Website

Bellville Public Library
12 W Palm St
Bellville, TX 77418
Telephone Number: 979-865-3731
Website

Virgil and Josephine Gordon Memorial Library
917 N Circle Dr
Sealy, TX 77474
Telephone Number: 979-885-7469
http://www.vjgordonmemoriallibrary.org/ Website]

Austin County Library System
6730 Railroad St
Wallis, TX 77485
Telephone Number: 979-478-6813
Website


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.

1000 E Rutherford Ln
Austin, Travis, Texas, United States
Phone: 512-837-3626
Hours: M,T,Th & Sat 10am-1pm; W 9am-3pm, & 6pm-8:30pm
Closed: all major holidays

5201 Convict Hill Rd
Austin, Travis, Texas, United States
Phone: 512-892-6483
Hours: Tues, Wed, Sat,10am-2pm; Wed. 6pm-9pm
Closed: Closed July 4th Weekend, Thanksgiving Week, Christmas Holidays - December 20 through January 1, 2011


Websites

  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.
  • FamilySearch Catalog The catalog is genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) This catalog is different than the indexed Historical Records.
  • Cyndi's List ~ Texas

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Austin County, Texas. Page 658 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. GenDisasters.com - Bellville, TX Courthouse Fire, Apr 1960 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/10017/bellville-tx-courthouse-fire-apr-1960