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Guide to Kenedy 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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Kenedy County, Texas
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Location in the state of Texas
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Founded 2 April, 1921
County Seat Sarita
Address Kenedy County Courthouse
PO Box 37
Sarita, TX 78385
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County Information

County Courthouse

Kenedy County Courthouse
PO Box 37
Sarita, TX 78385
Phone: 361.294.5220 

County Clerk has birth records from 1926,
marriage records from 1923, death records
from 1929, divorce and court records from
1914, probate and land records[1]

County and District Clerk

P.O. Box 227
Sarita 78385
Phone: 361-294-5220

Inventory of county records, Kenedy County Courthouse, Sarita, Texas.  Digital book online from the Portal to Texas History.

Kenedy County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1911 1860 1920 1832 1860


Parent County

1921--Kenedy was organized and created 2 April 1921 from Willacy, Hidalgo, and Cameron Counties.

  • County seat: Sarita [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Armstrong | Norias | Rudolph | Sarita | Turcotte

Neighboring Counties

Brooks  • Hidalgo  • Kleberg  • Willacy

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Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Names in Stone


Billion Graves

Billion Graves

Cemeteries of Texas

Names in Stone

See Texas Cemeteries for more information.



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.



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 Kenedy 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.

  • The King Ranch, 1957, 2 volumes, by Tom Lea.
  • Texas' Last Frontier: A Brief History of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, 1917, reprinted 1962; by Frank Cushman Pierce, Rio Grande Valley Historical Society.
  • Kenedy County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.




Mexican-American War
Civil War


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

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


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


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.


Online Birth Indexes and Records


Online Marriage Indexes and Records


Online Death Indexes and Records'


Societies and Libraries

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.


  • 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.


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kenedy County, Texas. Page 667 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).