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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."


The Family History Library has microfilmed key probate records for about half of the counties in Texas. For example, the library has 55 microfilms of files from Bexar County, including an index to probate minutes (1836-1973), minute books (1837-1913), wills (1865-83), general probate index (1837-74), final records (1837-59), bonds (1848-82), and exhibits (1864-78).

FamilySearch has begun to digitize some of these records:

Records through FamilySearch

Probate records are listed in the Locality Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under TEXAS, [COUNTY] - PROBATE RECORDS.

Most Texas probate records are well indexed and are on microfilm or in published format at the Family History Library. The files date from the creation of each county to at least 1900 and sometimes to the 1970s.

To see a coverage map of FamilySearch's holdings of Texas probate records, click here.

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