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{{Texas-stub}}''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties C|Counties C]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Caldwell County''
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Guide to '''Caldwell 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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{{Click|Image:TX_ORP.png|Texas Online Genealogy Records|left}}<br><br><br><br>
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Caldwell County
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| adoption_sign = Adoption Hidden Ancestors
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| state = Texas
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| founded year = 1848
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| founded date = March 6
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| seat = Lockhart
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| building image = Caldwell county courthouse.jpg
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| building address = Caldwell County Courthouse<br>110 S Main Street<br>Lockhart, TX 78644<br>Phone: 512.398.1804<br>[http://www.co.caldwell.tx.us '''Caldwell County Website'''] }}
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== County Information ==
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=== County Courthouse  ===
  
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County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903, <br>marriage&nbsp;and land records from 1848 and court records; <br>District Clerk has divorce&nbsp;records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Caldwell County, Texas. Page 660 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
<br>{{Adoption TXGenWeb}}
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'''County Clerk'''
  
[[Image:Caldwell county courthouse.jpg|frame|right|217x181px|Caldwell county courthouse.jpg]]
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P.O. Box 906<br>Lockhart 78644<br>Phone: 512-398-1810
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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<br>'''District Clerk'''
  
[http://www.co.caldwell.tx.us/ips/cms Caldwell County Courthouse]<br>110 S Main Street<br>Lockhart, TX 78644<br>Phoen: 512.398.1804&nbsp;<br><br>County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903, <br>marriage&nbsp;and land records from 1848 and court records; <br>District Clerk has divorce&nbsp;records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Caldwell County, Texas. Page 660 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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P.O. Box 749<br>Lockhart 78644<br>Phone: 512-398-1806
  
 
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This is the third courthouse built on this site. The cornerstone was laid on August 15, 1893 and the building was completed on March 19, 1894. Built by the architectural firm of Martin, Byrnes and Johnston, the structure features mansard roofs and a high central tower with a four way Seth Thomas clock. The three-story edifice is built of Muldoon limestone with red Pecos sandstone trim. Although originally equiped with electricity, the courthouse had no indoor plumbing. Broom closets were later converted into restrooms. It is said that when the first water bill was received, the county judge was so shocked at the charges that he padlocked the restrooms. After a ten year effort involving hundreds of people in the county, a complete historic restoration was completed in the spring of 2000.  
 
This is the third courthouse built on this site. The cornerstone was laid on August 15, 1893 and the building was completed on March 19, 1894. Built by the architectural firm of Martin, Byrnes and Johnston, the structure features mansard roofs and a high central tower with a four way Seth Thomas clock. The three-story edifice is built of Muldoon limestone with red Pecos sandstone trim. Although originally equiped with electricity, the courthouse had no indoor plumbing. Broom closets were later converted into restrooms. It is said that when the first water bill was received, the county judge was so shocked at the charges that he padlocked the restrooms. After a ten year effort involving hundreds of people in the county, a complete historic restoration was completed in the spring of 2000.  
  
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==== Caldwell County, Texas Record Dates ====
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<center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1860
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1848
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1850
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1846
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1849
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
The first settlers received land grants from the Mexican government between 1831 and 1835.  
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'''1831-1835--'''The first settlers received land grants from the Mexican government between 1831 and 1835.  
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1848--'''Caldwell County was created 6 March 1848 from [[Gonzales County, Texas|Gonzales]] and [[Bastrop County, Texas|Bastrop]] Counties. '''County seat:''' Lockhart <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1848--'''Caldwell County was created 6 March 1848 from [[Gonzales County, Texas Genealogy|Gonzales]] and [[Bastrop County, Texas Genealogy|Bastrop]] Counties.<br>
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*'''County seat:''' Lockhart <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Caldwell, Lockhart|place|disp=Lockhart}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Caldwell, Luling|place|disp=Luling}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Caldwell, McMahan|place|disp=McMahan}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Caldwell, Prairie Lea|place|disp=Prairie Lea}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Caldwell, San Marcos|place|disp=San Marcos}}
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Bastrop County, Texas|Bastrop]]  
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[[Bastrop County, Texas Genealogy|Bastrop]] {{•}} [[Fayette County, Texas Genealogy|Fayette]] {{•}} [[Gonzales County, Texas Genealogy|Gonzales]] {{•}} [[Guadalupe County, Texas Genealogy|Guadalupe]] {{•}} [[Hays County, Texas Genealogy|Hays]] {{•}} [[Travis County, Texas Genealogy|Travis]]  
*[[Fayette County, Texas|Fayette]]  
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<center>{{TX Caldwell County, Texas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Gonzales County, Texas|Gonzales]]  
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== Resources  ==
*[[Guadalupe County, Texas|Guadalupe]]  
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*[[Hays County, Texas|Hays]]  
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==== African American  ====
*[[Travis County, Texas|Travis]]
 
  
== Resources  ==
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*'''1865 - 1870''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1989155 Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records, 1865-1870](images) - FamilySearch
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txcaldwe/cemetery.htm Caldwell County Cemeteries] from the Caldwell County TXGenWeb site
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=103505 Plum Creek Cemetery, Luling] BillionGraves
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{| width="75%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="2" border="1"
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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=2547&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n FindAGrave] 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|474576|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=2547 FindAGrave]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=28 TX Gravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Texas+Caldwell+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/caldwell.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search#/ Billion Graves (name)]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Etx/Caldwell/ListCaldwell.html Cemeteries of TX]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/caldwell/cems.htm GenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texascemeteries.org/caldwell/caldwell-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=Caldwell&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves (cemetery)]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/caldwell-tx-genealogy/cem/ Linkpendium]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/%7Etxcaldwe/cemetery.htm TXGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=22603&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=61&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3"|See [[Texas Cemeteries|Texas Cemeteries]] for more information.
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==== Census  ====
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{{USCensusPop
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|1850= 1329
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|1860= 4481
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|1870= 6572
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|1880= 11757
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|1890= 15769
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|1900= 21765
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|1910= 24237
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|1920= 25160
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|1930= 31397
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|1940= 24893
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|1950= 19350
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|1960= 17222
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|1970= 21178
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|1980= 23637
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|1990= 26392
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|2000= 32194
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|2010= 38066
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/caldwell/caldtoc.htm '''1850''' Federal Census] - USGenWeb Archives Project
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{TX Church Intro}}
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*[http://kyleumc.com/ Kyle United Methodist Church ]&nbsp;<span class="skype_c2c_print_container">(512) 268-2331</span><span dir="ltr" class="skype_c2c_container"><span dir="ltr" class="skype_c2c_highlighting_inactive_common"><span class="skype_c2c_textarea_span">[[Image:]]<span class="skype_c2c_text_span">(512) 268-2331</span><span class="skype_c2c_free_text_span" /></span></span></span>
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*[http://www.flbconline.org/ First Lockhart Baptist Church] &nbsp;<span class="skype_c2c_print_container">(512) 398-5297</span><span dir="ltr" class="skype_c2c_container"><span dir="ltr" class="skype_c2c_highlighting_inactive_common"><span class="skype_c2c_textarea_span">[[Image:]]<span class="skype_c2c_text_span">(512) 398-5297</span><span class="skype_c2c_free_text_span" /></span></span></span>
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*[http://www.samc-kyle.org/ St. Anthony's Catholic Church] &nbsp;<span class="skype_c2c_print_container">(512) 268-5311</span><span dir="ltr" class="skype_c2c_container"><span dir="ltr" class="skype_c2c_highlighting_inactive_common"><span class="skype_c2c_textarea_span">[[Image:]]<span class="skype_c2c_text_span">(512) 268-5311</span><span class="skype_c2c_free_text_span" /></span></span></span>
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*First Christian Church &nbsp;<span class="skype_c2c_print_container">(512) 398-3129</span><span dir="ltr" class="skype_c2c_container"><span dir="ltr" class="skype_c2c_highlighting_inactive_common"><span class="skype_c2c_textarea_span">[[Image:]]<span class="skype_c2c_text_span">(512) 398-3129</span><span class="skype_c2c_free_text_span" /></span></span></span>
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*St. Paul's United Church of Christ &nbsp;<span class="skype_c2c_print_container">(512) 398-3745</span><span dir="ltr" class="skype_c2c_container"><span dir="ltr" class="skype_c2c_highlighting_inactive_common"><span class="skype_c2c_textarea_span">[[Image:]]<span class="skype_c2c_text_span">(512) 398-3745</span><span class="skype_c2c_free_text_span" /></span></span></span>
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*[http://www.firstbaptistchurchkyletx.com/ First Baptist Church] &nbsp;<span class="skype_c2c_print_container">(512) 268-3511</span><span dir="ltr" class="skype_c2c_container"><span dir="ltr" class="skype_c2c_highlighting_inactive_common"><span class="skype_c2c_textarea_span">[[Image:]]<span class="skype_c2c_text_span">(512) 268-3511</span><span class="skype_c2c_free_text_span" /></span></span></span>
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*[http://gracelutheranlockhart.org/ Grace Evangelical Church ]&nbsp;<span class="skype_c2c_print_container">(512) 398-6490</span><span dir="ltr" class="skype_c2c_container"><span dir="ltr" class="skype_c2c_highlighting_inactive_common"><span class="skype_c2c_textarea_span">[[Image:]]<span class="skype_c2c_text_span">(512) 398-6490</span><span class="skype_c2c_free_text_span" /></span></span></span>
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/caldwell/court/prison/ledger.txt Huntsville Penetentiary Convict Ledger 1849-1899] &nbsp;- &nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{TX Land}}
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/caldwell/land/caldwell.txt Original Land Owners of Texas] &nbsp;- &nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
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*'''1906 - 1989'''  {{RecordSearch|1389983|Texas, Naturalization Records, 1906-1989}} — index and images
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/caldwell/history/quarterly/indexcal.txt Plum Creek Almanac Index] - &nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site  
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[[Image:Txcaldwell.jpg|400px|Txcaldwell.jpg]]
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Texas Land Survey Maps for {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
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*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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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 $
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*[https://www.tsl.texas.gov/apps/arc/pensions/ Confederate Pensions] - Texas State Library and Archives
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=====World War I=====
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*'''1917 - 1920''' - {{RecordSearch|2202707|Texas, World War I Records, 1917-1920}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Caldwell}}
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*[http://post-register.com/ Lockhart Post-Register]
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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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://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/caldwell/court/probate/indexbka.txt Index to Probate Book A ] - &nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project
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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  ====
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{{TX Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txcaldwe/births.htm Caldwell County Birth Records] from the Caldwell County TXGenWeb site  
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{{TX Vital Intro}}
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txcaldwe/marriages/ml.htm Caldwell County Marriages 1848-2001] from the Caldwell County TXGenWeb site  
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
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===== Birth  =====
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1320964 Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]]<br>Name index and images of statewide death certificates, 1890-1976. The name index has been created by FamilySearch and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903
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''Online Birth Indexes and Records''
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*'''1840 - 1981'''  {{RecordSearch|1681015|Texas Births and Christenings 1840-1981}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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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
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txcaldwe/births.htm Caldwell County Birth Records] from the Caldwell County TXGenWeb site
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===== Marriage  =====
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''Online Marriage Indexes and Records''
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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 - 1977''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803987 Texas County Marriage Records, 1837-1977]
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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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*'''1848 - 2001''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txcaldwe/marriages/ml.htm Caldwell County Marriages 1848-2001] from the Caldwell County TXGenWeb site  
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*'''1966 - 2010''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1681052 Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973] - FamilySearch 
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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
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===== Death =====
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''Online Death Indexes and Records''
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*'''1890 - 1976''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1320964 Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]]
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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 - 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  
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*'''1964 - 1998''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [no images]
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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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*'''1968-2010'''  {{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  ==
  
== Web Sites ==
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'''Caldwell County Genealogical and Historical Society'''<br>215 S. Pecan<br>Luling 78648<br> [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txcaldwe/socpage.htm website]<br><br>
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=== Family History Centers  ===
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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== Websites ==
  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txcaldwe/ Caldwell County TXGenWeb site]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txcaldwe/ Caldwell County TXGenWeb site]  
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*{{FHL|Texas Caldwell|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.
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Latest revision as of 23:26, 20 June 2017

United States
Texas
Caldwell County

Guide to Caldwell 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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Caldwell County, Texas
Map
Map of Texas highlighting Caldwell County
Location in the state of Texas
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Location of Texas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 6, 1848
County Seat Lockhart
Courthouse
Caldwell county courthouse.jpg
Address Caldwell County Courthouse
110 S Main Street
Lockhart, TX 78644
Phone: 512.398.1804
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County Information


County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage and land records from 1848 and court records;
District Clerk has divorce records[1]

County Clerk

P.O. Box 906
Lockhart 78644
Phone: 512-398-1810


District Clerk

P.O. Box 749
Lockhart 78644
Phone: 512-398-1806


This is the third courthouse built on this site. The cornerstone was laid on August 15, 1893 and the building was completed on March 19, 1894. Built by the architectural firm of Martin, Byrnes and Johnston, the structure features mansard roofs and a high central tower with a four way Seth Thomas clock. The three-story edifice is built of Muldoon limestone with red Pecos sandstone trim. Although originally equiped with electricity, the courthouse had no indoor plumbing. Broom closets were later converted into restrooms. It is said that when the first water bill was received, the county judge was so shocked at the charges that he padlocked the restrooms. After a ten year effort involving hundreds of people in the county, a complete historic restoration was completed in the spring of 2000.

Caldwell County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1860 1848 1850 1846 1849


History

1831-1835--The first settlers received land grants from the Mexican government between 1831 and 1835.

Parent County

1848--Caldwell County was created 6 March 1848 from Gonzales and Bastrop Counties.

  • County seat: Lockhart [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

Towns and Cities: | Lockhart | Luling | Lytton Springs | Martindale | Prairie Lea | San Marcos |

Neighboring Counties

Bastrop  • Fayette  • Gonzales  • Guadalupe  • Hays  • Travis

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Resources

African American

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
GenWeb Archives Texas Cemeteries
Billion Graves (cemetery) Linkpendium
TXGenWeb Epodunk
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18501,329
18604,481237.2%
18706,57246.7%
188011,75778.9%
189015,76934.1%
190021,76538.0%
191024,23711.4%
192025,1603.8%
193031,39724.8%
194024,893−20.7%
195019,350−22.3%
196017,222−11.0%
197021,17823.0%
198023,63711.6%
199026,39211.7%
200032,19422.0%
201038,06618.2%


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

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

World War I

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Caldwell 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 Marriage Indexes and Records

Death

Online Death Indexes and Records

Divorce

Societies and Libraries

Caldwell County Genealogical and Historical Society
215 S. Pecan
Luling 78648
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), Caldwell County, Texas. Page 660 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).