Menard County, Texas Genealogy

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Menard County, Texas
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Founded 22 January, 1858
County Seat Menard
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Address Menard County Courthouse
PO Box 1028
Menard, Texas 76859
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County Information

Menard County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1871 1870 1871 1871

County Courthouse

Menard County Courthouse
PO Box 1028
Menard, Texas 76859
Phone: 915.396.4682

County Clerk has birth and court records from 1900, marriage records from 1878, death records from 1917, divorce records from 1889, probate and land records from 1880[1]

County or District Clerk

P.O. Box 1038
Menard 76859
Phone: 325-396-4682

This is the third and present day courthouse for Menard County, Texas.  Built in 1931, it replaced the old 1885 building and provided much needed jobs for the community at a reported wage of 25 cents per hour.[2]

The county was awarded grant funds in 2004 from the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program.[3]A major part of the renovation was completed in 2007 and county officials returned to the courthouse.

Menard County; PO Box 1028; Menard, TX 76859; Ph. 915.396.4682 Details: (Co Clk has b & ct rec from 1900, m rec from 1878, d rec from 1917, div rec from 1889, pro & land rec from 1880)

History

1867--The first permanent Anglo-American settlement was Menardville in 1867. Unfortunately, they were not able to establish their own government until 1871, when Menardville was officially named the county seat.

Menard County was named in honor of Michel Branamour Menard (1805-1856), who was an early settler of Galveston, TX. Located in Central Texas, Menard County is on the edge of the Edwards Plateau and lies within the Colorado River basin.

Parent County

1858--Menard County was created 22 January 1858 from Bexar Land District.

  • County seat: Menard [4]

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

Ft. McKavett

Community

Military

Hext
  • Hext History - Menard TXGenWeb Site.  History of the community.  Also known as Wagnerville.
Menard

Neighboring Counties

Concho  • Kimble  • Mason  • McCulloch  • Schleicher  • Sutton  • Tom Green

Irion CountyTom Green CountyConcho CountyMcCulloch CountySan Saba CountyMason CountyMenard CountySchleicher CountySutton CountyKimble CountyTX MENARD.JPG

Resources

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
Linkpendium WorldCat Tombstone Project
Billion Graves (name) Cemeteries of TX
GenWeb Archives Texas Cemeteries
Billion Graves (cemetery) TX Gravestones
TXGenWeb Epodunk
Names in Stone
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Census

Churches

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.


  • Church of Christ
  • First Baptist Church - 300 Tipton Street, Menard - (325) 396-4701
  • First United Methodist Church - 201 Gay Street, Menard - (325) 396-2452
  • Lutheran Church
  • Menard Cowboy Church - Church website.  2711 Ryan Road, Menard - (325) 396-2319
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Historic)
  • Sacred Heart Catholic 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.


Local Histories

Local histories are available for Menard 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
World War I

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Menard 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 Birth Indexes and Records

Death

Online Death Indexes and Records


Divorce

Societies and Libraries

Menard Genealogical Society
P O Box 714
Menard, TX 76859

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

  • FamilySearch Catalog - The catalog is genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) This catalog is different than the indexed Historical Records.
  • Menard TXGenWeb

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Menard County, Texas. Page 670 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Menard News and Messenger of March 26, 1931
  3. Round IV Grant receipient - Texas Historical Commission Report
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).