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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Texas Counties B|Counties B]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] Bexar County''<br>
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Guide to '''Bexar County Texas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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<br> Guide to '''Bexar 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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{{Infobox U.S. County | county = Bexar County | county_map = Tx-bexar.png | state = Texas | state_map = Texas.png | founded year = 1836 | founded date = March 17 | seat wl = San Antonio | adoption_sign = Adoption Hidden Ancestors  
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| building address = Bexar County Courthouse<br> County Clerk - Gerry Rickhoff<br>100 Dolorosa, Suite 108<br>San Antonio, TX&nbsp; 78205<br>Phone: 210-335-2585<br>[http://www.bexar.org/ '''Bexar County Website'''] }}  
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| seat wl = San Antonio
 
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
[http://www.bexar.org/ Bexar County Courthouse]<br>County Clerk - Gerry Rickhoff<br>100 Dolorosa, Suite 108<br>San Antonio, TX&nbsp; 78205<br>Phone: 210-335-2585
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County Clerk has birth records from 1838, marriage <br>records from 1837, death records from 1903, <br>probate records from 1843, land records from 1700’s,<br> Spanish church records 1737-1859 and&nbsp;Spanish City <br>Council minutes 1815-1820<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bexar County, Texas. Page 659 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref> <br> <br> Register and log in to search digital archives<br>1837-1963 HISTORICAL RECORDS<br>at this [https://gov.propertyinfo.com/tx-bexar/Default.aspx County Clerk website]<br><br>'''County Clerk'''
  
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100 Dolorosa Suite 104<br>San Antonio 78205<br>Phone: 210-335-2216
  
County Clerk has birth records from 1838, marriage <br>records from 1837, death records from 1903, <br>probate records from 1843, land records from 1700’s,<br> Spanish church records 1737-1859 and&nbsp;Spanish City <br>Council minutes 1815-1820<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bexar County, Texas. Page 659 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref> <br>
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'''District Clerk'''  
 
 
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Register and log in to search digital archives<br>1837-1963 HISTORICAL RECORDS<br>at this County Clerk website:<br>'''https://gov.propertyinfo.com/tx-bexar/Default.aspx'''<br>
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100 Dolorosa<br>San Antonio 78205<br>Phone: 210-335-2113
  
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== County Information ==
  
District Clerk - Margaret G. Montemayor<br>100 Dolorosa<br>San Antonio, TX 78205<br>Phone: 210-335-2113 <references />
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==== Bexar County, Texas Record Dates ====
  
== History ==
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The villa of San Fernando de Bexar was the first municipality in the Spanish province of Texas in 1731. In 1772 the seat of the government of Spanish Texas moved to Bexar. The original county was divided into 128 additional counties.
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== History  ==
  
''From the Handbook of Texas Online: ''The first Europeans to explore the region came with an expedition in 1691 led by Domingo Terán de los Ríos and Fray Damián Massanet, who evidently reached the San Antonio River near where San Juan Capistrano Mission was later founded. Nearby they found a group of Payayas living on the riverbank. The Indians, as Massanet recorded in his diary, called the place Yanaguana; he, however, renamed the site San Antonio de Padua to celebrate the memorial day of St. Anthony, June 13. The next group of Spanish explorers, an expedition led by two Franciscans, fathers Antonio de San Buenaventura y Olivares and Isidro Félix de Espinosa, and a military officer, Pedro de Aguirre, did not reach the area until April 1709. Much impressed by the setting and the availability of water, they noted that the area might make a promising site for future settlement. In 1714 Louis Juchereau de St. Denis crossed the region on his way to San Juan Bautista. Espinosa again visited the site in 1716 on his way to East Texas with the expedition of Domingo Ramón and this time recommended San Pedro Springs as a mission site. Near that spot, in May 1718, Martín de Alarcón led the expedition that founded San Antonio de Valero Mission and San Antonio de Béxar (or Béjar) Presidio, named for Viceroy Balthasar Manuel de Zúñiga y Guzmán Sotomayor y Sarmiento, second son of the duke of Bexar.  
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The villa of San Fernando de Bexar was the first municipality in the Spanish province of Texas in 1731. In 1772 the seat of the government of Spanish Texas moved to Bexar. The original county was divided into 128 additional counties. ''From the Handbook of Texas Online: ''The first Europeans to explore the region came with an expedition in 1691 led by Domingo Terán de los Ríos and Fray Damián Massanet, who evidently reached the San Antonio River near where San Juan Capistrano Mission was later founded. Nearby they found a group of Payayas living on the riverbank. The Indians, as Massanet recorded in his diary, called the place Yanaguana; he, however, renamed the site San Antonio de Padua to celebrate the memorial day of St. Anthony, June 13. The next group of Spanish explorers, an expedition led by two Franciscans, fathers Antonio de San Buenaventura y Olivares and Isidro Félix de Espinosa, and a military officer, Pedro de Aguirre, did not reach the area until April 1709. Much impressed by the setting and the availability of water, they noted that the area might make a promising site for future settlement. In 1714 Louis Juchereau de St. Denis crossed the region on his way to San Juan Bautista. Espinosa again visited the site in 1716 on his way to East Texas with the expedition of Domingo Ramón and this time recommended San Pedro Springs as a mission site. Near that spot, in May 1718, Martín de Alarcón led the expedition that founded San Antonio de Valero Mission and San Antonio de Béxar (or Béjar) Presidio, named for Viceroy Balthasar Manuel de Zúñiga y Guzmán Sotomayor y Sarmiento, second son of the duke of Bexar.  
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1836--'''Bexar County was created on 17 March 1836 from Old Mexican Municipality. '''County seat:''' San Antonio <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1836--'''Bexar County was created on 17 March 1836 from Old Mexican Municipality.<br>
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*'''County seat:''' San Antonio <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
See an interactive map of Bexar County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/texas/tx-maps.html border changes].  
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'''1834-1931--'''For animated maps illustrating Texas County boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/texas/ "Rotating Formation Texas County Boundary Maps"] (1834-1931) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.  
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
'''1892''' -- Bexar County Courthouse was damaged during a large fire in downtown San Antonio on 25 February 1892.&nbsp; No records were lost.&nbsp; The offices of the ''San Antonio Democrat'' Newspaper were destroyed during the fire.<ref>GenDisasters.com - San Antonio, Texas Fire, Feb 1892 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/17958/san-antonio-tx-fire-feb-1892</ref>
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'''1892--'''Bexar County Courthouse was damaged during a large fire in downtown San Antonio on 25 February 1892.&nbsp; No records were lost.&nbsp; The offices of the ''San Antonio Democrat'' Newspaper were destroyed during the fire.<ref>GenDisasters.com - San Antonio, Texas Fire, Feb 1892 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/17958/san-antonio-tx-fire-feb-1892</ref><br>
  
== Places/Localities ==
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== Places/Localities ==
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Atascosa County, Texas|Atascosa]]  
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[[Atascosa County, Texas Genealogy|Atascosa]]{{•}} [[Bandera County, Texas Genealogy|Bandera]]{{•}} [[Comal County, Texas Genealogy|Comal]]{{•}} [[Guadalupe County, Texas Genealogy|Guadalupe]]{{•}} [[Kendall County, Texas Genealogy|Kendall]] {{•}} [[Medina County, Texas Genealogy|Medina]] {{•}} [[Wilson County, Texas Genealogy|Wilson]]  
*[[Bandera County, Texas|Bandera]]  
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<center><br></center> <center>{{TXBexar County, Texas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Comal County, Texas|Comal]]  
 
*[[Guadalupe County, Texas|Guadalupe]]  
 
*[[Kendall County, Texas|Kendall]]  
 
*[[Medina County, Texas|Medina]]  
 
*[[Wilson County, Texas|Wilson]]
 
 
 
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*[http://txbexar.eppygen.org/Cemeteries/ Cemeteries of Bexar County] ~ Listings of cemeteries &amp; partial transcriptions ~ Bexar County TXGenWeb
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html Tombstone Transcription Project] ~ Partial transcription of cemetery tombstones ~ USGenWeb
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*[http://www.historictexas.net/cemeteries/1-countytables.htm Texas Historic Cemeteries] ~ Partial indexes to historic cemeteries
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=46&GScnty=2534&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n FindAGrave] 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|473864|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2534 FindAGrave]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=15 TX Gravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Texas+Bexar+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/bexar.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search#/ Billion Graves (name)]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Etx/Bexar/ListBexar.html Cemeteries of TX]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/bexar/cemeteries.htm USGW Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texascemeteries.org/bexar/bexar-county-cemeteries Texas Cemeteries]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Texas&county=Bexar&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves (cemetery)]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/bexar-tx-genealogy/cem/ Linkpendium]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://txbexar.eppygen.org/Cemeteries/ TXGenWeb Cemeteries]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=22590&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=72&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/tx/bexar.htm Interment]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3"|See [[Texas Cemeteries|Texas Cemeteries]] for more information.
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''Additional Cemetery Sources''
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*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/tx/ African American Cemeteries Online]&nbsp;~ Partial index/transcriptions of African American cemeteries  
 
*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/tx/ African American Cemeteries Online]&nbsp;~ Partial index/transcriptions of African American cemeteries  
 
*[http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/junction/CJ-TX-NDX.html Cemetery Junction]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links to cemetery transcriptions
 
*[http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/junction/CJ-TX-NDX.html Cemetery Junction]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links to cemetery transcriptions
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*A wiki article describing an online collection is found at: [[Texas, Bexar, San Antonio, Cemetery Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Texas, Bexar, San Antorio, Cemetery Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
Individual cemeteries:
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==== Census  ====
  
BillionGraves:  
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*'''1850 - 1930''' [http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Texas 1850 - 1930
  
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=148589 Anunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Cemetery, St. Hedwig]
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{{US Census population
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=159067 Confederate Cemetery, San Antonio]
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|1850= 6052
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=147486 Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio]
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|1860= 14454
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=103669 Roselawn Memorial Park, San Antonio]
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|1870= 16043
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=148588 St. Hedwig Cemetery, St. Hedwig]
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|1880= 30470
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=159106 St. Jerome's Cemetery, San Antonio]
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|1890= 49266
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|1900= 69422
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|1910= 119676
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|1920= 202096
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|1930= 292533
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|1940= 338176
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|1950= 500460
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|1960= 687151
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|1970= 830460
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|1980= 988800
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|1990= 1185394
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|2000= 1392931
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'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''
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==== Church ====
 
 
[[Texas, Bexar, San Antonio, Cemetery Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Texas, Bexar, San Antorio, Cemetery Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
 
 
 
==== Census ====
 
 
 
*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Texas&nbsp; 1850 - 1930
 
  
==== Church  ====
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{{TX Church Intro}}  
{{TX Church Intro}}
 
  
 
*[http://www.churchangel.com/texas.htm Texas Christian Church Directory ]~ ChurchAngel  
 
*[http://www.churchangel.com/texas.htm Texas Christian Church Directory ]~ ChurchAngel  
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==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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==== Emigration and Immigration ====
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*'''1944-1952''' - {{RecordSearch|2299368|Texas San Antonio Alien Arrivals May 1944-March 1952}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] —Images
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
  
{{TX Land}}
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{{TX Land}}  
  
==== Local Histories ====
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
{{TX County Histories}}
 
  
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*'''1906 - 1989''' {{RecordSearch|1389983|Texas, Naturalization Records, 1906-1989}} — index and images
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==== Local Histories  ====
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*{{TX County Histories}}
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/museums.html%7CTexas Museums] List of all museums in Texas ~ Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/museums.html%7CTexas Museums] List of all museums in Texas ~ Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://txbexar.eppygen.org/Alamo/ History of the Alamo in Bexar County] ~ Bexar County TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://txbexar.eppygen.org/Alamo/ History of the Alamo in Bexar County] ~ Bexar County TXGenWeb  
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
*[http://txbexar.eppygen.org/Maps.htm 1889 &amp;1909 Maps of Bexar County] ~ Bexar County TXGenWeb  
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[[Image:Txbexar.jpg|400px|Txbexar.jpg]]
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/maps.html Historical Maps]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; From the Republic to the Turn of the Century&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
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*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site
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*[http://txbexar.eppygen.org/Maps.htm '''1889 &amp;1909''' Maps of Bexar County] ~ Bexar County TXGenWeb *[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/maps.html Historical Maps]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; From the Republic to the Turn of the Century&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors *[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site  
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*'''1897--'''[http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/maps/texas-maps/tx-bexar-county-texas-1897-map.html Map of 1897 Bexar County, Texas] with numerous small settlements. (My Genealogy Hound)<br>
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
*[http://txbexar.eppygen.org/Military.htm Military Records of Bexar County] ~ Bexar County TXGenWeb  
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*[http://txbexar.eppygen.org/Military.htm Military Records of Bexar County] ~ Bexar County TXGenWeb *[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/military.html Military Resources] ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/military.html Military Resources] ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom&nbsp;~&nbsp;Hidden Ancestors  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Fallen_Heroes.htm Fallen Heroes] Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors *[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/veterans.htm Honoring Our Veterans] ~ Partial index of veterans from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/fallen_heroes.htm Fallen Heroes]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/veterans/veterans.htm Honoring Our Veterans] ~ Partial index of veterans from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
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=====Mexican-American War=====
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*'''1845 - 1848''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2058 US American Volunteer Soldiers Mexican War 1845-1848] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index '''$'''
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=====Civil War=====
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'''Online Records'''
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932381|Texas, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932425|Texas, Civil War Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1838 - 1900''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2059 Texas Muster Roll Index Cards 1838-1900] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Bexar}}
 
  
*Wikipedia has a list of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_online_newspaper_archives online newspaper archives] for Texas.  
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Bexar}}
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*Wikipedia has a list of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_online_newspaper_archives online newspaper archives] for Texas.
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*[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaperarchive.com] ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=94&ci=25699 {{nowrap|San Antonio newspapers}}] from the late 1800's that covered local news on Bexar County residents.
 
*[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaperarchive.com] ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=94&ci=25699 {{nowrap|San Antonio newspapers}}] from the late 1800's that covered local news on Bexar County residents.
  
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*[http://txbexar.eppygen.org/Obits/ Obituaries of Bexar County, Texas] ~ Partial Listing of Obituaries from Bexar County ~ Bexar County, TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://txbexar.eppygen.org/Obits/ Obituaries of Bexar County, Texas] ~ Partial Listing of Obituaries from Bexar County ~ Bexar County, TXGenWeb  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/obituaryresources.html Obituary Resources] ~ Links to research and locate obituaries ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/obituaries.html Obituary Resources] ~ Links to research and locate obituaries ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/obits/tx/obitstx.htm USGenWeb Archives Obituary Project]&nbsp;&nbsp;~&nbsp; Texas  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/obits/tx/obitstx.htm USGenWeb Archives Obituary Project]&nbsp;&nbsp;~&nbsp; Texas  
 
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/drdb/ Afrigeneas] ~ African American death notices, obituaries and funeral programs compiled by users from current newspapers and historical sources  
 
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/drdb/ Afrigeneas] ~ African American death notices, obituaries and funeral programs compiled by users from current newspapers and historical sources  
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==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
{{TX Probate Intro}}
 
  
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=36 Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Ancestry.com&nbsp; (subscription)
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{{TX Probate Intro}}
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1800 – 1990''' {{RecordSearch|2016287|Texas Probate Records 1800-1990}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=36 Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records]Ancestry.com (subscription)
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*'''1800 – 2000''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2115 Texas Wills and Probate Records 1800-2000] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
{{TX Vital Intro}}
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{{TX Vital Intro}}  
  
 
*[http://txbexar.eppygen.org/Records/index.htm Records of Bexar County, Texas] ~ Bexar County TXGenWeb
 
*[http://txbexar.eppygen.org/Records/index.htm Records of Bexar County, Texas] ~ Bexar County TXGenWeb
  
===== '''''Births''''' =====
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===== Births  =====
  
===== '''''Marriages''''' =====
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''Online Birth Indexes and Records''  
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*'''1840 - 1981''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1681015 Texas, Births and Christenings, 1840-1981] FamilySearch
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*'''1903 - 1935''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803956 Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1935] (images and index) - FamilySearch
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*'''1903 - 1997''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949342 Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997] (index)- FamilySearch
  
*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_marriage_records.htm Texas Marriage Records&nbsp; 1966 - 2005]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
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===== Marriages  =====
*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records&nbsp; 1968&nbsp;- 2005]&nbsp;&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
 
  
===== '''''Deaths'''''  =====
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''Online Marriage Indexes and Records''  
  
*{{RecordSearch|1320964|Texas Deaths, 1890-1976}} (FamilySearch) - The name index was created by FamilySearch and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903 and in many counties prior to 1910. Fold3.com also has [http://www.fold3.com/title_479/texas_death_certificates Texas Deaths, 1890-1976] ($) available online.
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*'''1814 - 1909''' and '''1966 - 2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8795 Texas Marriage Collection 1814-1909 and 1966-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*'''1837 - 1973''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1681052 Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973 - FamilySearch record collection
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*'''1837 - 1977''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803987 Texas County Marriage Records, 1837-1977] - FamilySearch Index to a variety of marriage records (registers, licenses, intentions to marry, etc.) from select counties in Texas.''
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*'''1837 - 1977''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803987 Texas County Marriage Records, 1837-1977] - FamilySearch - Index to a variety of marriage records (registers, licenses, intentions to marry, etc.) from select counties in Texas.
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*'''1837 - 1977''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60183 Texas Select County Marriage Index 1837-1977] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*'''1966 - 2005''' [http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_marriage_records.htm Texas Marriage Records 1966 - 2005] Hidden Ancestors
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*'''1966 - 2010''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/2031191 Texas, Marriages, 1966-2010] - FamilySearch record collection
  
*{{RecordSearch|1375599|Texas Death Index, 1964-1998}} (FamilySearch) - Index to Texas statewide death certificates covering 4 million deaths since 1964.
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===== Death  =====
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''Online Death Indexes and Records''
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*'''1890 - 1976''' {{RecordSearch|1320964|Texas Deaths, 1890-1976}} (FamilySearch) - The name index was created by FamilySearch and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates.  Fold3.com also has [http://www.fold3.com/title_479/texas_death_certificates Texas Deaths, 1890-1976] ($) available online.
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*'''1903 - 1973''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1681049 Texas Deaths and Burials 1903 - 1973] index) FamilySearch
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*'''1903 - 1982''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2272 Texas Death Certificates 1903-1982] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1903 - 2000''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949337 ''Texas, Death Index, 1903-2000''] (index) - FamilySearch<br>
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*'''1964 - 1998''' {{RecordSearch|1375599|Texas Death Index, 1964-1998}} (FamilySearch)  
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*'''1977 - 1986''' {{RecordSearch|1930157|Texas Deaths 1977-1986}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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===== Divorce  =====
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*'''1968 - 2005''' [http://whttp://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/Texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records&nbsp; 1968 - 2005]  Hidden Ancestors
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*'''1968 - 2010''' {{RecordSearch|2038378|Texas Divorce Index 1968-2010}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1968 - 2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8794 Texas Divorces 1968-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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'''San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society'''<br>911 Melissa Dr<br>San Antonio, Tx 78213<br>[http://www.txsaghs.org/ Website]<br><br>
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'''Los Bexareños Genealogical And Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 1935<br>San Antonio, TX 78297 <br>[http://www.losbexarenos.org/ Website]<br><br>
  
 
==== Public Libraries  ====
 
==== Public Libraries  ====
  
Leon Valley Public Library<br>6425 Evers Rd<br>Leon Valley, TX 78238<br>Phone: (210) 684-0720<br>[http://www.leonvalley.lib.tx.us/ Website]  
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*Leon Valley Public Library 6425 Evers Rd Leon Valley, TX 78238 Phone: (210) 684-0720 [http://www.leonvalley.lib.tx.us/ Website]
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*San Antonio Public Library 600 Soledad St San Antonio, TX 78205 Phone: (210) 207-2500 [http://www.sanantonio.gov/library Website]
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*Universal City Public Library 100 Northview Dr Universal City, TX 78148 Phone: (210) 659-7048 [http://www.universalcity.lib.tx.us/ Website]
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*Converse Public Library 601 S Seguin Rd Converse, TX 78109 Phone: (210) 659-4160 [http://www.conversetx.net/ Website]
  
San Antonio Public Library<br>600 Soledad St<br>San Antonio, TX 78205<br>Phone: (210) 207-2500<br>[http://www.sanantonio.gov/library Website]
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==== Societies  ====
  
Universal City Public Library<br>100 Northview Dr<br>Universal City, TX 78148<br>Phone: (210) 659-7048<br>[http://www.universalcity.lib.tx.us/ Website]  
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*See also a List of [http://www.genealogyinc.com/texas/tx-society-archive/ Texas Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
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*[http://www.drtl.org/ Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library]
  
Converse Public Library<br>601 S Seguin Rd<br>Converse, TX 78109<br>Phone: (210) 659-4160<br>[http://www.conversetx.net/ Website]
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P.O. Box 1401<br>300 Alamo Plaza<br>San Antonio, Texas 78295-1401<br>Telephone: (210) 225-1071<br>Materials are in closed stacks. <br>
  
==== Societies  ====
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*San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society
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Mailing address: P.O. Box 790087, San Antonio, TX 78279-0087 Library address: 911 Melissa Drive, San Antonio, TX 78213 Phone: (210) 342-5242 [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txsaghs2/ Website]
  
:[http://www.drtl.org/ Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library]<br>P.O. Box 1401<br>300 Alamo Plaza<br>San Antonio, Texas 78295-1401<br>Telephone: (210) 225-1071<br>Materials are in closed stacks.
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===== Family History Centers  =====
  
==== Family History Centers ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers
 
 
*[[San Antonio Texas Family History Center]]  
 
*[[San Antonio Texas Family History Center]]  
 
*[[San Antonio Texas East Family History Center]]  
 
*[[San Antonio Texas East Family History Center]]  
 
*[[San Antonio Texas North Family History Center]]  
 
*[[San Antonio Texas North Family History Center]]  
 
*[[San Antonio Texas West Family History Center]]  
 
*[[San Antonio Texas West Family History Center]]  
*[[Stone Oak Texas Family History Center]] (San Antonio)<br>
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*[[Stone Oak Texas Family History Center]] (San Antonio)
  
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== Web Sites ==
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== Websites ==
  
 
*[http://txbexar.eppygen.org/index.htm Bexar County TXGenWeb]  
 
*[http://txbexar.eppygen.org/index.htm Bexar County TXGenWeb]  
 
*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county.  
 
*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county.  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com Hidden Ancestors]&nbsp; Information on Texas genealogy research as well as genealogy research in general.
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*{{FHL|Texas Bexar|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} The catalog is genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications)  This catalog is different than the indexed Historical Records.
*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Aransas|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
 
 
*[http://www.cyndislist.com/tx.htm Cyndi's List ~ Texas]  
 
*[http://www.cyndislist.com/tx.htm Cyndi's List ~ Texas]  
*[http://www.texas-genealogy.com/Bexar-County-Genealogy.htm Bexar County Genealogy] (Texas Genealogy)
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Latest revision as of 13:07, 5 April 2017

United States
Texas
Bexar County


Guide to Bexar 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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Bexar County, Texas
Map
Map of Texas highlighting Bexar County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Texas
Location of Texas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 17, 1836
County Seat San Antonio
Courthouse
TexasBexarCourthouse.jpg
Address Bexar County Courthouse
County Clerk - Gerry Rickhoff
100 Dolorosa, Suite 108
San Antonio, TX  78205
Phone: 210-335-2585
Bexar County Website
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County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth records from 1838, marriage
records from 1837, death records from 1903,
probate records from 1843, land records from 1700’s,
Spanish church records 1737-1859 and Spanish City
Council minutes 1815-1820[1]

Register and log in to search digital archives
1837-1963 HISTORICAL RECORDS
at this County Clerk website

County Clerk

100 Dolorosa Suite 104
San Antonio 78205
Phone: 210-335-2216

District Clerk

100 Dolorosa
San Antonio 78205
Phone: 210-335-2113

County Information

Bexar County, Texas Record Dates

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


History

The villa of San Fernando de Bexar was the first municipality in the Spanish province of Texas in 1731. In 1772 the seat of the government of Spanish Texas moved to Bexar. The original county was divided into 128 additional counties. From the Handbook of Texas Online: The first Europeans to explore the region came with an expedition in 1691 led by Domingo Terán de los Ríos and Fray Damián Massanet, who evidently reached the San Antonio River near where San Juan Capistrano Mission was later founded. Nearby they found a group of Payayas living on the riverbank. The Indians, as Massanet recorded in his diary, called the place Yanaguana; he, however, renamed the site San Antonio de Padua to celebrate the memorial day of St. Anthony, June 13. The next group of Spanish explorers, an expedition led by two Franciscans, fathers Antonio de San Buenaventura y Olivares and Isidro Félix de Espinosa, and a military officer, Pedro de Aguirre, did not reach the area until April 1709. Much impressed by the setting and the availability of water, they noted that the area might make a promising site for future settlement. In 1714 Louis Juchereau de St. Denis crossed the region on his way to San Juan Bautista. Espinosa again visited the site in 1716 on his way to East Texas with the expedition of Domingo Ramón and this time recommended San Pedro Springs as a mission site. Near that spot, in May 1718, Martín de Alarcón led the expedition that founded San Antonio de Valero Mission and San Antonio de Béxar (or Béjar) Presidio, named for Viceroy Balthasar Manuel de Zúñiga y Guzmán Sotomayor y Sarmiento, second son of the duke of Bexar.

Parent County

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

  • County seat: San Antonio [2]

Boundary Changes

1834-1931--For animated maps illustrating Texas County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Texas County Boundary Maps" (1834-1931) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

1892--Bexar County Courthouse was damaged during a large fire in downtown San Antonio on 25 February 1892.  No records were lost.  The offices of the San Antonio Democrat Newspaper were destroyed during the fire.[3]

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Towns and Cities: Adkins | Alamo Heights | Balcones Heights | Bexar | Castle Hills | China Grove | Converse | Elmendorf | Fair Oaks Ranch | Fort Sam Houston | Helotes | Hill Country Village | Hollywood Park | Kirby | Leon Valley | Live Oak | Losoya | Martinez | Olmos Park | Saint Hedwig | San Antonio | Selma | Shavano Park | Somerset | Southton | Terrell Hills | Universal City | Von Ormy | Wetmore | Wincrest

Neighboring Counties

Atascosa • Bandera • Comal • Guadalupe • Kendall  • Medina  • Wilson


Kerr CountyKenddall CountyBlanco CountyHays CountyBandera CountyComal CountyGuadeliupe CountyBexar CountyMedina CountyAtascosa CountyWilson CountyTX Bexar.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
TX Gravestones WorldCat Tombstone Project
Billion Graves (name) Cemeteries of TX
USGW Archives Texas Cemeteries
Billion Graves (cemetery) Linkpendium
TXGenWeb Cemeteries Epodunk
Interment
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Sources

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18506,052
186014,454138.8%
187016,04311.0%
188030,47089.9%
189049,26661.7%
190069,42240.9%
1910119,67672.4%
1920202,09668.9%
1930292,53344.7%
1940338,17615.6%
1950500,46048.0%
1960687,15137.3%
1970830,46020.9%
1980988,80019.1%
19901,185,39419.9%
20001,392,93117.5%
20101,714,77323.1%

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

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.


Naturalization and Citizenship

Local Histories

Maps

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Military

Mexican-American War
Civil War

Online Records

Newspapers

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

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.

Births

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Marriages

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Death

Online Death Indexes and Records

Divorce

Societies and Libraries

San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society
911 Melissa Dr
San Antonio, Tx 78213
Website

Los Bexareños Genealogical And Historical Society
PO Box 1935
San Antonio, TX 78297
Website

Public Libraries

  • Leon Valley Public Library 6425 Evers Rd Leon Valley, TX 78238 Phone: (210) 684-0720 Website
  • San Antonio Public Library 600 Soledad St San Antonio, TX 78205 Phone: (210) 207-2500 Website
  • Universal City Public Library 100 Northview Dr Universal City, TX 78148 Phone: (210) 659-7048 Website
  • Converse Public Library 601 S Seguin Rd Converse, TX 78109 Phone: (210) 659-4160 Website

Societies

P.O. Box 1401
300 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, Texas 78295-1401
Telephone: (210) 225-1071
Materials are in closed stacks.

  • San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society

Mailing address: P.O. Box 790087, San Antonio, TX 78279-0087 Library address: 911 Melissa Drive, San Antonio, TX 78213 Phone: (210) 342-5242 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), Bexar County, Texas. Page 659 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).
  3. GenDisasters.com - San Antonio, Texas Fire, Feb 1892 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/17958/san-antonio-tx-fire-feb-1892