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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties D|Counties D]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] De Witt County'' <br>  
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Genealogy|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties D|Counties D]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] De Witt County'' <br>  
  
Guide to '''De Witt County Texas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Guide to '''De Witt 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
 
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| state = Texas
 
| state = Texas
 
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| founded year = 1846
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| founded year = 1842
| founded date = March 24
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| founded date = February 2
 
| seat wl = Cuero
 
| seat wl = Cuero
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| building image = TexasDeWittCourthouse.jpg
 
| adoption_sign = Adoption Hidden Ancestors
 
| adoption_sign = Adoption Hidden Ancestors
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== County Information ==
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=== County Courthouse  ===
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[http://www.co.dewitt.tx.us/ips/cms De Witt County Courthouse]<br> 307 N Gonzales Street<br> Cuero, TX 77954-2870<br> Phone: 512.275.3724<br><br>County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903, <br>marriage, probate, court and land records from 1846; <br>Civil War muster rolls from 1861<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), De Witt County, Texas. Page 662 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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'''County Clerk'''
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307 N. Gonzales<br>Cuero 77954<br>Phone: 361-275-0864<br>Fax: 361-275-0866
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'''District Clerk'''
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P.O. Box 845<br>De Witt 77954<br>Phone: 361-275-0931<br>Fax: 361-275-0934<br>
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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==== De Witt County, Texas Record Dates ====
  
[http://www.co.dewitt.tx.us/ips/cms De Witt County Courthouse]<br> 307 N Gonzales Street<br> Cuero, TX 77954-2870<br> Phone: 512.275.3724 <br><br>County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903, <br>marriage, probate, court and land records from 1846; <br>Civil War muster rolls from 1861<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), De Witt County, Texas. Page 662 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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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" |1903
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1846
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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" |1846
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1846--'''DeWitt County was created 24 March 1846 from [[Goliad County, Texas|Goliad]], [[Gonzales County, Texas|Gonzales]] and [[Victoria County, Texas|Victoria]] Counties. '''County seat:''' Cuero <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1846--'''DeWitt County was created 24 March 1846 from [[Goliad County, Texas Genealogy|Goliad]], [[Gonzales County, Texas Genealogy|Gonzales]] and [[Victoria County, Texas Genealogy|Victoria]] Counties.<br>
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*'''County seat:''' Cuero <ref name="Handybook">''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, De Witt, Arneckeville|place|disp=Arneckeville}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, De Witt, Cuero|place|disp=Cuero}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, De Witt, Edgar|place|disp=Edgar}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, De Witt, Hochheim|place|disp=Hochheim}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, De Witt, Meyersville|place|disp=Meyersville}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, De Witt, Nordheim|place|disp=Nordheim}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, De Witt, Westhoff|place|disp=Westhoff}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, De Witt, Yoakum|place|disp=Yoakum}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, De Witt, Yorktown|place|disp=Yorktown}}
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Goliad County, Texas|Goliad]]  
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[[Goliad County, Texas Genealogy|Goliad]] {{•}} [[Gonzales County, Texas Genealogy|Gonzales]] {{•}} [[Karnes County, Texas Genealogy|Karnes]] {{•}} [[Lavaca County, Texas Genealogy|Lavaca]] {{•}} [[Lavaca County, Texas Genealogy|Victoria]]  
*[[Gonzales County, Texas|Gonzales]]  
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<center>{{TX De Witt County, Texas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Karnes County, Texas|Karnes]]  
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== Resources  ==
*[[Lavaca County, Texas|Lavaca]]  
 
*[[Lavaca County, Texas|Victoria]]
 
  
== Resources ==
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==== African American ====
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*'''1865-1870''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1989155 Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records] (images) - FamilySearch<br>
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
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| width="31%" bgcolor="#ffff99" align="center" | '''Online Grave Transcripts'''
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| width="31%" bgcolor="#dbbff7" align="center" | '''Published Grave Transcripts'''
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| bgcolor="#dbeadc" align="center" | '''County Cemetery Directories'''
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Findagrave.com]
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2581 Findagrave.com ]
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[http://www.interment.net/us/tx/index.htm Interment.net]
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| bgcolor="#eddffb" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Texas+De+Witt+County&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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[http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
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[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html USGenWeb]
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[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery=undefined&action=search_cemetery Billion Graves ]
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[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery Billion Graves]
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[http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Etx/Dewitt/ListDewitt.html Cemeteries of Texas]<br>
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[http://www.namesinstone.com/Default.aspx Names in Stone]
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===== Additional Cemetery Sources  =====
  
 
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html Tombstone Transcription Project] ~ Partial transcription of cemetery tombstones ~ USGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html Tombstone Transcription Project] ~ Partial transcription of cemetery tombstones ~ USGenWeb  
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=107049 Sons of Herman Cemetery, Yoakum] BillionGraves
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=107049 Sons of Herman Cemetery, Yoakum] BillionGraves
  
==== Church ====
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==== Census  ====
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{{US Census population
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|1850= 1716
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|1860= 5108
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|1870= 6443
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|1880= 10082
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|1890= 14307
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|1900= 21311
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|1910= 23501
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|1920= 27971
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|1930= 27441
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|1940= 24935
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|1950= 22973
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|1960= 20683
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|1970= 18660
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|1980= 18903
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|1990= 18840
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|2000= 20013
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|2010= 20097
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==== Church ====
  
 
*[http://www.churchangel.com/texas.htm Texas Christian Church Directory ]~ ChurchAngel  
 
*[http://www.churchangel.com/texas.htm Texas Christian Church Directory ]~ ChurchAngel  
*[http://www.dioceseofbmt.org/parishes/index.html Catholic Parishes in Texas]
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*[https://www.dioceseofbmt.org Catholic Parishes in Texas]
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
==== Land ====
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==== Land ====
{{TX Land}}
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{{TX Land}}  
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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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{{TX County Histories}}  
 
{{TX County Histories}}  
  
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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[[Image:Txdewitt.jpg|400px|Txdewitt.jpg]]
  
 
*[http://www.birdseyeviews.org/zoom.php?city=Cuero&year=1881&extra_info= Cuero 1881 Panoramic Map] from the Amon Carter Museum.  
 
*[http://www.birdseyeviews.org/zoom.php?city=Cuero&year=1881&extra_info= Cuero 1881 Panoramic Map] from the Amon Carter Museum.  
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==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
*[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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*'''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 '''$'''
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/fallen_heroes.htm Fallen Heroes]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/military.html Military Resources] ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/veterans/veterans.htm Honoring Our Veterans] ~ Partial index of veterans from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Fallen_Heroes.htm Fallen Heroes] ~ Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/veterans.htm Honoring Our Veterans] ~ Partial index of veterans from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
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=====Mexican-American War=====
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*'''1845-1848''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2058 US American Volunteer Soldiers Mexican War 1845-1848] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index '''$'''
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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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*[https://www.tsl.texas.gov/apps/arc/pensions/ Confederate Pension Applications] ~ Texas State Library and Archives Commission
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|De Witt}}  
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts}}  
  
 
*[http://www.hometownnews.com/tx.htm Home Town News]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Texas Newspaper Index with links  
 
*[http://www.hometownnews.com/tx.htm Home Town News]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Texas Newspaper Index with links  
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==== Obituaries  ====
 
==== Obituaries  ====
  
*[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}}
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{{TX Probate Intro}}  
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1833-1974''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2115 Texas Wills and Probate Records 1833-1974] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1800–1990''' {{RecordSearch|2016287|Texas Probate Records 1800-1990}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
  
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=36 Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Ancestry.com&nbsp; (subscription)
 
*[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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==== Taxation  ====
  
==== Taxation ====
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{{TX Tax Intro}}  
{{TX Tax Intro}}
 
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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{{TX Vital Intro}}  
 
{{TX Vital Intro}}  
  
*[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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*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_marriage_records.htm Texas Marriage Records&nbsp; 1966 - 2005]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
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''Online Birth Indexes and Records''
*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records&nbsp; 1968&nbsp;- 2005]&nbsp;&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Texas&nbsp; 1850 - 1930
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*'''1903-1935''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803956 Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1935] (images and index) - FamilySearch<br>
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*'''1903-1997''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949342 Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997&nbsp;] (index)-&nbsp; FamilySearch<br>
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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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*'''1837-1973''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1681052?collectionNameFilter=false Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973] - FamilySearch record collection
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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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*'''1837-1977''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803987 Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977] at FamilySearch - index
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*'''1966-2002''' [http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/dallam/vitals/marriages/ Marriages, Dallam County] at USGenWeb Archives Project
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*'''1966-2010''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2031191?collectionNameFilter=false Texas Marriages, 1966-2010] - FamilySearch record collection
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===== Death  =====
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''Online Death Indexes and Records''
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*'''1890–1976 ''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1983324?collectionNameFilter=false 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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*'''1903-1973''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1681049 Texas Deaths and Burials 1903-1973] &nbsp;(index) &nbsp;- &nbsp;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''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1375599?collectionNameFilter=false Texas Death Index 1964-1998] [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
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*'''1977-1986''' {{RecordSearch|1930157|Texas Deaths 1977-1986}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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''Original Death Records on Microfilm''
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===== Divorce  =====
  
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*'''1968-2005''' [http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records 1968-2005] (index) - Hidden Ancestors<br>  
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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 $
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*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] Texas&nbsp; 1850 - 1930
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
Carl &amp; Mary Welhausen Library<br>810 Front St<br>Yoakum, TX 77995<br>Phone: (361) 293-5001<br>Website
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'''Yorktown Historical Society and Museum'''<br> PO Box 884, Yorktown, TX 78164 <br><br>  
  
<br>Yorktown Public Library<br>103 W Main St<br>Yorktown, TX 78164<br>Phone: (316) 564-3232
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'''Carl and Mary Welhausen Library'''<br>810 Front St<br>Yoakum, TX 77995<br>Telephone Number: 361-293-5001<br><br>
  
<br>Cuero Public Library<br>207 E Main St<br>Cuero, TX 77954<br>Phone: (361) 275-2864
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'''Yorktown Public Library'''<br>103 W Main St<br>Yorktown, TX 78164<br>Telephone Number: 316-564-3232 <br><br>
  
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'''Cuero Public Library'''<br>207 E Main St<br>Cuero, TX 77954<br>Telephone Number: 361-275-2864 <br><br>  
  
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
*[[Yorktown Kenedy Texas Family History Center]]<br>
 
 
 
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[http://www.daddezio.com/society/hill/SH-TX-NDX.html Society Hill]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies  
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*[[Yorktown Kenedy Texas Family History Center]]
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*[http://www.daddezio.com/society/hill/SH-TX-NDX.html Society Hill] Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies
  
== Web Sites ==
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== Websites ==
  
 
*[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 De Witt|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+De+Witt|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
 
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==
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{{Texas|Texas}}  
  
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[[Category:De_Witt_County,_Texas]] [[Category:Texas_Counties]]

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Facts
Founded February 2, 1842
County Seat Cuero
Courthouse
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County Information


County Courthouse

De Witt County Courthouse
307 N Gonzales Street
Cuero, TX 77954-2870
Phone: 512.275.3724

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage, probate, court and land records from 1846;
Civil War muster rolls from 1861[1]

County Clerk

307 N. Gonzales
Cuero 77954
Phone: 361-275-0864
Fax: 361-275-0866

District Clerk

P.O. Box 845
De Witt 77954
Phone: 361-275-0931
Fax: 361-275-0934

De Witt County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1846 1850 1846 1846


History

Parent County

1846--DeWitt County was created 24 March 1846 from Goliad, Gonzales and Victoria Counties.

  • County seat: Cuero [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

Goliad  • Gonzales  • Karnes  • Lavaca  • Victoria

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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

Family History Library

Findagrave.com

Interment.net

WorldCat

Names in Stone

USGenWeb


Billion Graves

Billion Graves


Cemeteries of Texas



Names in Stone



See Texas Cemeteries for more information.
Additional Cemetery Sources

Individual cemeteries:

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18501,716
18605,108197.7%
18706,44326.1%
188010,08256.5%
189014,30741.9%
190021,31149.0%
191023,50110.3%
192027,97119.0%
193027,441−1.9%
194024,935−9.1%
195022,973−7.9%
196020,683−10.0%
197018,660−9.8%
198018,9031.3%
199018,840−0.3%
200020,0136.2%
201020,0970.4%

Church

Court

Land

After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions, including deeds and mortgages, have been recorded by the county. You can obtain copies of these land records by writing to the county clerk at the county courthouse. For more information, see Texas Land and Property.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists microfilm copies of deeds, trust deeds, and mortgages of many counties.


Naturalization and Citizenship

Local Histories

Local histories are available for De Witt 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.

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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 De Witt 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

Original Death Records on Microfilm

Divorce


Societies and Libraries

Yorktown Historical Society and Museum
PO Box 884, Yorktown, TX 78164

Carl and Mary Welhausen Library
810 Front St
Yoakum, TX 77995
Telephone Number: 361-293-5001

Yorktown Public Library
103 W Main St
Yorktown, TX 78164
Telephone Number: 316-564-3232

Cuero Public Library
207 E Main St
Cuero, TX 77954
Telephone Number: 361-275-2864

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

  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.
  • 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), De Witt County, Texas. Page 662 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).