Gillespie County, Texas Genealogy

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Gillespie County, Texas
Map of Texas highlighting Gillespie County
Location in the state of Texas
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Location of Texas in the U.S.
Founded February 23, 1848
County Seat Fredericksburg

County Courthouse


A cholera epidemic in 1849 took a heavy toll of the early settlers.

Parent County

1848--Gillespie County was created 23 February 1848 from Bexar and Travis Counties. County seat: Fredericksburg [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1850--Courthouse and many county records were destroyed by fire in July 1850.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



Access cemetery information for Gillespie County at the Fredericksburg Genealogical Society website.  This index to burials includes a surname and maiden name search.  Cemetery information is found by clicking on a cemetery name.  Individual photos are accessed by clicking on the camera icon.  There are some maps with cemetery section plans. This site includes about 3,500 cemetery photos and 50 cemeteries.




Local Histories

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



  • Military Resources ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
  • Fallen Heroes  ~  Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
  • Honoring Our Veterans ~ Partial index of veterans from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors


Access obituaries January 1, 1980 through December 31,2004 at the Fredericksburg Genealogical Society website.  These obituaries came from two newspapers, The Fredericksburg Standard and The Fredericksburg Radio Post.  The Pioneer Memorial Library has copies of Fredericksburg newspapers on microfilm, with issues beginning in 1890.




Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Pioneer Memorial Library
115 W Main St
Fredericksburg, TX 78624
Phone: (830) 997-6513

Harper Library
23797 Us Hwy 290 West
Harper, TX 78631
Phone: (830) 864-4993


Fredericksburg Texas
106 E Driftwood
Fredericksburg, Gillespie, Texas, United States
Phone: 830-997-5018
Hours: Th 11am-6pm
Closed: Thanksgiving Nov 25, 2010; Holiday Closing Dec 23, 2010-Jan 5, 2011 - Open Jan 6, 2011

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

Web Sites

  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.
  • Hidden Ancestors  Information on Texas genealogy research as well as genealogy research in general.
  • USGenWeb Texas Archives Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).