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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties F|Counties F]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Fort Bend 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 F|Counties F]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Fort Bend County'' <br>  
  
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Guide to '''Fort Bend 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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| seat wl = Richmond
 
| seat wl = Richmond
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== County Information ==
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== County Courthouse  ==
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=== County Courthouse  ===
  
[http://www.courtreference.com/Fort-Bend-County-Texas-Courts.htm Fort Bend County Courthouse]<br> 301 Jackson St; PO Box 520 <br>Richmond, TX 77469<br> Phone: 281.341.8685 <br>  
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[http://www.courtreference.com/Fort-Bend-County-Texas-Courts.htm Fort Bend County Courthouse]<br> 301 Jackson St; PO Box 520 <br>Richmond, TX 77469<br> Phone: 281.341.8685<br>  
  
 
County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,&nbsp; <br>marriage and land records from 1838, probate records <br>from 1836 and court records from 1876<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Fort Bend County, Texas. Page 664 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,&nbsp; <br>marriage and land records from 1838, probate records <br>from 1836 and court records from 1876<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Fort Bend County, Texas. Page 664 {{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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301 Jackson St.<br>Richmond 77469<br>Phone: 281-341-8652<br>Fax: 281-341-8669
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'''District Clerk'''
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301 Jackson St.<br>Richmond 77469<br>Phone: 281-633-7632<br>
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==== Fort Bend 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" |1903
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1837
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1850
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1837
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1838
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1837--'''Fort Bend County was created 29 December 1837 from [[Austin County, Texas|Austin]], [[Brazoria County, Texas|Brazoria]], and [[Harris County, Texas|Harris]] Counties. <ref>Handbook of Texas Online: Fort Bend County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcf07</ref>&nbsp; '''County seat:''' Richmond <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1837--'''Fort Bend County was created 29 December 1837 from [[Austin County, Texas Genealogy|Austin]], [[Brazoria County, Texas Genealogy|Brazoria]], and [[Harris County, Texas Genealogy|Harris]] Counties. <ref>Handbook of Texas Online: Fort Bend County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcf07</ref><br>
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*'''County seat:''' Richmond <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, Fort Bend, Arcola|place|disp=Arcola}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Fort Bend, Beasley|place|disp=Beasley}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Fort Bend, Houston|place|disp=Houston}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Fort Bend, Needville|place|disp=Needville}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Fort Bend, Richmond|place|disp=Richmond}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Fort Bend, Rosenberg|place|disp=Rosenberg}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Fort Bend, Stafford|place|disp=Stafford}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Fort Bend, Sugar Land|place|disp=Sugar Land}}
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==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
  
Arcola | Beasley | Fairchilds | Fulshear | Houston (mostly in [[Harris County, Texas|Harris]] County) | Katy (mostly in [[Harris County, Texas|Harris]] and [[Waller County, Texas|Waller]] Counties) | Meadows Place | Missouri City | Needville | Orchard | Pleak | Richmond | Rosenberg | Simonton | Stafford | Sugar Land | Thompsons | Weston Lakes<br>  
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Arcola | Beasley | Fairchilds | Fulshear | Houston (mostly in [[Harris County, Texas Genealogy|Harris]] County) | Katy (mostly in [[Harris County, Texas Genealogy|Harris]] and [[Waller County, Texas Genealogy|Waller]] Counties) | Meadows Place | Missouri City | Needville | Orchard | Pleak | Richmond | Rosenberg | Simonton | Stafford | Sugar Land | Thompsons | Weston Lakes<br>  
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Austin County, Texas|Austin]]  
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[[Austin County, Texas Genealogy|Austin]] {{•}} [[Brazoria County, Texas Genealogy|Brazoria]] {{•}} [[Harris County, Texas Genealogy|Harris]] {{•}} [[Waller County, Texas Genealogy|Waller]] {{•}} [[Wharton County, Texas Genealogy|Wharton]]  
*[[Brazoria County, Texas|Brazoria]]  
 
*[[Harris County, Texas|Harris]]  
 
*[[Matagorda County, Texas|Matagorda]]
 
*[[Waller County, Texas|Waller]]  
 
*[[Wharton County, Texas|Wharton]]
 
  
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<center>{{TX Fort Bend County, Texas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
 
==== African American  ====
 
==== African American  ====
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~aagriots/TX/texas.htm Texas African American Griots]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~aagriots/TX/texas.htm Texas African American Griots] ~ USGenWeb  
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com AfriGeneas]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;African Ancestored Genealogy  
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*[http://www.afrigeneas.com AfriGeneas]&nbsp; ~ African Ancestored Genealogy  
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/african/texas/index.htm Texas African American Genealogy]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Access Genealogy
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/african/texas/index.htm Texas African American Genealogy]~ Access Genealogy
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*'''1865-1870''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1989155 Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records](images) - FamilySearch<br>
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==== Cemeteries  ====
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.&nbsp;  
  
 
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==== Cemeteries  ====
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| width="31%" bgcolor="#ffff99" align="center" | '''Online Grave Transcripts'''&nbsp;
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| width="31%" bgcolor="#dbbff7" align="center" | '''Published Grave Transcripts'''&nbsp;
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2665 Findagrave.com]<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">&nbsp;</span>
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| bgcolor="#eddffb" | {{FHL|606977|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}&nbsp;
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| bgcolor="#e9f1ea" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2598 Findagrave.com]<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">&nbsp;</span>
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[http://www.interment.net/us/tx/index.htm Interment.net]<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">&nbsp;</span>
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| bgcolor="#eddffb" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Texas+Fort+Bend+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]&nbsp;
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| bgcolor="#e9f1ea" | [http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">&nbsp;</span>
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[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html USGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#e9f1ea" | [http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery=undefined&action=search_cemetery Billion Graves]<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">&nbsp;</span>
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[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery Billion Graves]<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">&nbsp;</span>
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| bgcolor="#e9f1ea" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=22654&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=35&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
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[http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Etx/Fortbend/ListFortbend.html Cemeteries of Texas]<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>
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[http://www.namesinstone.com/Default.aspx Names in Stone]<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">&nbsp;</span>
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===== Additional Cemetery Sources =====
  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/fortbend/forttoc.htm Fort Bend County Cemeteries]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/fortbend/forttoc.htm Fort Bend County Cemeteries]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project  
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
  
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*'''1850''' [http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/fortbend/census/1850/1850indx.txt Census Index by Surname] ~ USGenWeb
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*'''1850''' [http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/fortbend/census/1850/pg00225.txt Census Pages] ~ USGenWeb
 
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/fortbend/census/1850/1850indx.txt 1850 Census Index by Surname]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/fortbend/census/1850/pg00225.txt 1850 Census Pages&nbsp;] ~&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb
 
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{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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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{TX Land}}
  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/fortbend/land/abstract.txt Land Survey Abstract Indicies&nbsp;] ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/fortbend/land/abstract.txt Land Survey Abstract Indicies&nbsp;] ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{TX County Histories}}
  
 
*''History of Fort Bend County,containing biographical sketches of many noted characters,'' 1904, by Andrew Jackson Sowell.  
 
*''History of Fort Bend County,containing biographical sketches of many noted characters,'' 1904, by Andrew Jackson Sowell.  
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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[[Image:Txfortbend.jpg|400px|Txfortbend.jpg]]
  
 
*[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.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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==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
*[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txfortbend/docs/wwiihonored.htm WWII Honor List&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; TXGenWeb
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*'''1838-1900''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2059 Texas Muster Roll Index Cards] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/fortbend/military/cw/fortbngt.txt Civil War Indigent Families List]&nbsp;&nbsp;~&nbsp; USGenWeb
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/military.html Military Resources] ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/fortbend/military/cw/pensions/ftbencsa.txt Confederate Pension Applications]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Fallen_Heroes.htm Fallen Heroes] ~ Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/military.html Military Resources] ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom&nbsp;~&nbsp;Hidden Ancestors  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/veterans.htm Honoring Our Veterans] ~ Partial index of veterans from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/fallen_heroes.htm Fallen Heroes]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/veterans/veterans.htm Honoring Our Veterans] ~ Partial index of veterans from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
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=====Mexican-American War=====
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*'''1845-1848''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2058 US American Volunteer Soldiers Mexican War] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index '''$'''
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=====Civil War=====
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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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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/fortbend/military/cw/fortbngt.txt Civil War Indigent Families List] ~ USGenWeb
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/fortbend/military/cw/pensions/ftbencsa.txt Confederate Pension Applications] ~ USGenWeb
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=====World War II=====
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*[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txfortbend/docs/wwiihonored.htm WWII Honor List] ~ TXGenWeb
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Fort Bend}}
  
 
*[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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*[http://communityinfo.fortbend.lib.tx.us/ipac20/ipac.jsp?profile=gen#focus Fort Bend County Obituary Database] searchable, online database of Fort Bend County related obituaries, from the Fort Bend County Libraries.  
 
*[http://communityinfo.fortbend.lib.tx.us/ipac20/ipac.jsp?profile=gen#focus Fort Bend County Obituary Database] searchable, online database of Fort Bend County related obituaries, from the Fort Bend County Libraries.  
*[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  ====
  
*[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}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1800–2000''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2115 Texas Wills and Probate Records] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=36 Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records] ~ Ancestry.com (subscription)
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{TX Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
*[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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{{TX Vital Intro}}
*[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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===== Birth  =====
*[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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''Online Birth Indexes and Records''
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*'''1903-1935''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803956 Texas, Birth Certificates] (images and index) - FamilySearch<br>
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*'''1903-1997''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949342 Texas Birth Index] (index) - 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] 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] FamilySearch record collection
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*'''1837-1977''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803987 Texas County Marriage Records] - FamilySearch. Index to a variety of marriage records (registers, licenses, intentions to marry, etc.) from select counties in Texas.<br>
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*'''1837-1977''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60183 Texas Select County Marriage Index] 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] - Hidden Ancestors
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*'''1966-2010''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/2031191 Texas, Marriages] - FamilySearch record collection
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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 [with images]] 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] (index) - FamilySearch
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*'''1903-1982''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2272 Texas Death Certificates] 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://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index] [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}} 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] ~ Hidden Ancestors  
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*'''1968-2010''' {{RecordSearch|2038378|Texas Divorce Index}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1968-2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8794 Texas Divorces at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
  
 
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== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
*Fort Bend County Libraries[http://www.fortbend.lib.tx.us/ website]
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'''Sugar Land Genealogical Society'''<br> 302 Oyster Creek<br> Sugar Land 77478-3225 <br><br>
  
*George Memorial Library <br>(has extensive genealogy and history department on the second floor)<br>1001 Golfview Dr<br>Richmond, TX 77469<br>Phone: (281) 342-4455&nbsp; [http://www.fortbend.lib.tx.us/branches/gm.html website]
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'''George Memorial Library''' <br>(has extensive genealogy and history department on the second floor)<br>1001 Golfview Dr<br>Richmond, TX 77469<br>Telephone Number: 281-342-4455<br> [http://www.fortbend.lib.tx.us/branches/gm.html website]<br><br>
  
 
==== Family History Center <br>  ====
 
==== Family History Center <br>  ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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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
 
*[http://www.daddezio.com/society/hill/SH-TX-NDX.html Society Hill]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies
  
== Web Sites ==
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/fortbend/forttoc.htm Fort Bend County Archives]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/fortbend/forttoc.htm Fort Bend County Archives]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txfortbend/index.htm Fort Bend County&nbsp; ]~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txfortbend/index.htm Fort Bend County&nbsp; ]~&nbsp;&nbsp;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.
 
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/tx/txfiles.htm USGenWeb Texas Archives] Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/tx/txfiles.htm USGenWeb Texas Archives] Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.  
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Guide to Fort Bend 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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Facts
Founded December 29, 1837
County Seat Richmond
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County Information


County Courthouse

Fort Bend County Courthouse
301 Jackson St; PO Box 520
Richmond, TX 77469
Phone: 281.341.8685

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903, 
marriage and land records from 1838, probate records
from 1836 and court records from 1876[1]

County Clerk

301 Jackson St.
Richmond 77469
Phone: 281-341-8652
Fax: 281-341-8669

District Clerk

301 Jackson St.
Richmond 77469
Phone: 281-633-7632

Fort Bend County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1837 1850 1837 1838


History

Parent County

1837--Fort Bend County was created 29 December 1837 from Austin, Brazoria, and Harris Counties. [2]

  • County seat: Richmond [3]

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

Arcola | Beasley | Fairchilds | Fulshear | Houston (mostly in Harris County) | Katy (mostly in Harris and Waller Counties) | Meadows Place | Missouri City | Needville | Orchard | Pleak | Richmond | Rosenberg | Simonton | Stafford | Sugar Land | Thompsons | Weston Lakes

Neighboring Counties

Austin  • Brazoria  • Harris  • Waller  • Wharton


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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 


 
Epodunk

Cemeteries of Texas  


 

Names in Stone 


 

See Texas Cemeteries for more information.
Additional Cemetery Sources

Individual cemeteries:

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190016,538
191018,1689.9%
192022,93126.2%
193029,71829.6%
194032,96310.9%
195031,056−5.8%
196040,52730.5%
197052,31429.1%
1980130,846150.1%
1990225,42172.3%
2000354,45257.2%
2010585,37565.1%












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

Land

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

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


Local Histories

Local histories are available for Fort Bend 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.

  • History of Fort Bend County,containing biographical sketches of many noted characters, 1904, by Andrew Jackson Sowell.
  • The Book of Fort Bend County, 1926, compiled by S. A. McMillan.
  • The History of Fort Bend County, 1822-1861, 1939 by Jim L. Bridges.
  • Wharton's History of Fort Bend County, 1939, by Clarence Wharton.
  • Fort Bend County Sesquicentennial, 1822-1972, 1972, by the Fort Bend County Sesquicentennial Association.
  • The Jay Bird Democratic Association of Fort Bend County, 1979, by Pauline Yelderman.
  • Fort Bend County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Texas Museums  ~  List of all museums in Texas  ~  Hidden Ancestors

Maps

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Military

Mexican-American War
Civil War
World War II

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Fort Bend County, Texas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

TX Newspaper Abstracts (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).

Obituaries

Probate

Probate records of Texas have been kept by the probate clerk in each county courthouse. You can obtain copies of the records from the clerk's office. In most counties, all information pertaining to a probate case is recorded in the "probate minutes."

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their places of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records.

See the Wiki page Texas Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Online Probate Records

Taxation

Texas tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Texas Taxation.

1846-1910 Texas County Tax Rolls lists FHL films with county tax lists. The lists vary by county and year. Most records are between the years of 1846 - 1910.

Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

Certified birth and death certificates or birth and death verifications can be ordered online or by mail at the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health. Copies can also be obtained from the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred and are often less expensive. You can also order them online through a third party company.

Marriages records can be obtained from the county the marriage occurred. Only marriage verifications can be obtained from the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health.

See Texas Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Texas.

Birth

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Marriage

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Death

Online Death Indexes and Records

Divorce


Societies and Libraries

Sugar Land Genealogical Society
302 Oyster Creek
Sugar Land 77478-3225

Ft. Bend County Genealogical Society
PO Box 274
Richmond 77469

George Memorial Library
(has extensive genealogy and history department on the second floor)
1001 Golfview Dr
Richmond, TX 77469
Telephone Number: 281-342-4455
website

Family History Center

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.



  • Society Hill  ~  Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies

Websites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Fort Bend County, Texas. Page 664 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Handbook of Texas Online: Fort Bend County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcf07
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).