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Guide to De Witt 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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De Witt County, Texas
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Founded February 2, 1842
County Seat Cuero
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County Information


County Courthouse

De Witt County Courthouse
307 N Gonzales Street
Cuero, TX 77954-2870
Phone: 512.275.3724

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage, probate, court and land records from 1846;
Civil War muster rolls from 1861[1]

County Clerk

307 N. Gonzales
Cuero 77954
Phone: 361-275-0864
Fax: 361-275-0866

District Clerk

P.O. Box 845
De Witt 77954
Phone: 361-275-0931
Fax: 361-275-0934

De Witt County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1846 1850 1846 1846


History

Parent County

1846--DeWitt County was created 24 March 1846 from Goliad, Gonzales and Victoria Counties.

  • County seat: Cuero [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Goliad  • Gonzales  • Karnes  • Lavaca  • Victoria

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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

Family History Library

Findagrave.com

Interment.net

WorldCat

Names in Stone

USGenWeb


Billion Graves

Billion Graves


Cemeteries of Texas



Names in Stone



See Texas Cemeteries for more information.
Additional Cemetery Sources

Individual cemeteries:

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18501,716
18605,108197.7%
18706,44326.1%
188010,08256.5%
189014,30741.9%
190021,31149.0%
191023,50110.3%
192027,97119.0%
193027,441−1.9%
194024,935−9.1%
195022,973−7.9%
196020,683−10.0%
197018,660−9.8%
198018,9031.3%
199018,840−0.3%
200020,0136.2%
201020,0970.4%

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


Naturalization and Citizenship

Local Histories

Local histories are available for De Witt 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.

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Maps

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Military

Mexican-American War
Civil War

Online Records

Newspapers

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

TX Newspaper Abstracts (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).

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

Death

Online Death Indexes and Records

Original Death Records on Microfilm

Divorce


Societies and Libraries

Yorktown Historical Society & Museum
P.O. Box 884, Yorktown, TX 78164

Carl and Mary Welhausen Library
810 Front St
Yoakum, TX 77995
Phone: (361) 293-5001

Yorktown Public Library
103 W Main St
Yorktown, TX 78164
Phone: (316) 564-3232

Cuero Public Library
207 E Main St
Cuero, TX 77954
Phone: (361) 275-2864

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.


Websites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), De Witt County, Texas. Page 662 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).