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Guide to Harris 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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Harris County, Texas
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Location in the state of Texas
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Facts
Founded 17 March, 1836
County Seat Houston
Courthouse
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Address Harris County Courthouse
1001 Preston 4th Floor
Houston, TX 77251-1525
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County Information


County Courthouse

Harris County Courthouse
1001 Preston 4th Floor
Houston, TX 77251-1525
Phone:713.755.6405

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage and land records from 1836, probate records
form late 1800’s, court  records from 1920’s and
immirgration records 1880-1890; District Clerk has divorce
records[1]

County Clerk

P. O. Box 1525
Houston 77251
Phone: 713-755-6438


District Clerk

Physical Address
201 Caroline, Suite 420
Houston, Texas 77002

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 4651
Houston 77210
Phone:713-755-5715

Harris County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1837 1850 1837 1831


History

Parent County

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

  • County seat: Houston [2]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Harris County border changes.

Record Loss

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

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Baytown | Bellaire | Bunker Hill Village | Deer Park | El Lago | Fairbanks | Galena Park | Hedwig Village | Hilshire Village | Houston | Humble | Hunters Creek Village | Jacinto City | Jersey Village | Katy (partly in Fort Bend and Waller Counties) | La Porte | Morgans Point | Nassau Bay | Pasadena | Piney Point Village | Seabrook | Shore Acres | South Houston | Southside Place | Spring Valley Village | Taylor Lake Village | Tomball | Webster | West University Place

Neighboring Counties

Brazoria  • Chambers  • Fort Bend  • Galveston  • Liberty  • Montgomery  • Waller

Waller CountyMontgomery CountyLiberty CountyChambers CountyGalveston CountyBrazoria CountyFort Bend CountyHarris CountyTX HARRIS.JPG

Resources

Cemeteries

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

Census

Church

Court

Education

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 Harris 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

Mexican-American War
Civil War

Newspapers

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

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

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

Divorce

Societies and Libraries

Harris County Genealogical Society
PO Box 391
Pasadena 77501

Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
5300 Caroline
Houston, Texas
Part of the Houston Public Library system it is on its own two full city block complex with multiple buildings. One of the nations' "top ten," and the "jewel" in Houston's genealogy crown.
*website

Baytown Historical Preservation Association
PO Box 1244
Baytown TX 77522-1244
Website

Living History Museum Complex at the Republic of Texas Plaza
5117 North Main St.

Humble Area Genealogical Society
Website
Following ancestral footsteps in and around Atascocita, Crosby, Huffman, Kingwood, New Caney, Porter, Splendora, and Humble, Texas.

Chaparral Genealogical Society
310 North Live Oak
PO Box 606, Tomball
TX. 77377-0606
Telephone Number: 281-516-7417
Website
Library Hours: Mon.- Wed. 10-2 Sat. 10-2
Closed 4th Sat. of every month.

Atascocita-Kingwood Genealogical Society
PO Box 5214
Kingwood, TX 77325
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.


Websites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Harris County, Texas. Page 665 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).