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Webb County, Texas
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Facts
Founded January 1848, 1848
County Seat Laredo
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County Information

County Courthouse

Webb County Courthouse
1110 Victoria Street
P O Box 29
Loredo, Tx 78042
Phone:  956-721-2645

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1856
marriage records from 1850, probate records from
1870 and land records[1]

County Clerk

P.O. Box 29
Laredo 78042
Phone: 956-523-4266

District Clerk

P.O. Box 667
Laredo 78042
Phone: 956-523-4268
Fax: 956-523-5063

Webb County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1852 1860 1846 1851


History

1748, 1856-1899-- Encinal County, now defunct and never formally organized, comprised the western part of Webb County from 1856 to 1899. Settled by the Spanish and Indians in 1748.

Parent County

1848--Webb County was created 28 January 1848 from Bexar and Nueces Counties.

  • County seat: Laredo [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

Dimmit  • Duval  • Jim Hogg  • La Salle  • Maverick  • McMullen  • Zapata

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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

WorldCat

Findagrave.com

Interment.net

Names in Stone

USGenWeb


Billion Graves

Billion Graves

Epodunk

Cemeteries of Texas



Names in Stone



See Texas Cemeteries for more information.
Additional Cemetery Sources

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18601,397
18702,61587.2%
18805,273101.6%
189014,842181.5%
190021,85147.2%
191022,5033.0%
192029,15229.5%
193042,12844.5%
194045,9169.0%
195056,14122.3%
196064,79115.4%
197072,85912.5%
198099,25836.2%
1990133,23934.2%
2000193,11744.9%
2010250,30429.6%

Church

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.


Court

  • Webb County Court House

Mailing address: 1110 Victoria Street, Ste 201, Laredo TX, 78042. Phone: 956-721-2640 Fax: 956-726-6906

Emigration and Immigration

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 Webb 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.

  • Texas Museums  ~  List of all museums in Texas  ~  Hidden Ancestors

Maps

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Military

Mexican-American War
Civil War
Korean War

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Webb 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

Divorce


Societies and Libraries

Family History Center in Laredo
1520 E Hillside Rd
Laredo, Texas
Partial Library Catalog for Laredo

Webb County Heritage Foundation
PO Drawer 29
Laredo 78042
Website

Laredo Public Library
1120 E. Calton Rd.
Laredo, Texas, 78041


Family History Centers

Phone: (956) 795-2400 Fax: (956) 795-2403


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

  • Webb County  ~  TXGenWeb
  • Webb County Archives  ~  USGenWeb Archives Project
  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.
  • USGenWeb Texas Archives Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.
  • FamilySearch Catalog — The catalog is genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) This catalog is different than the indexed Historical Records.

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Webb County, Texas. Page 675 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).