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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties H|Counties H]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Hidalgo County'' <br>
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Guide to '''Hidalgo County Texas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Guide to '''Hidalgo 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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== County Information ==
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== County Courthouse  ==
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==== County Courthouse  ====
  
 
[http://www.co.hidalgo.tx.us/ Hidalgo County Courthouse]<br>County Clerk's Office<br>100 N. Closner P O Box 58<br>Edinburg, TX 78540<br>Phone: (956) 318-2100  
 
[http://www.co.hidalgo.tx.us/ Hidalgo County Courthouse]<br>County Clerk's Office<br>100 N. Closner P O Box 58<br>Edinburg, TX 78540<br>Phone: (956) 318-2100  
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<br>County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, probate,<br>court and land records; Distric Clerk has divorce records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hidalgo County, Texas. Page 666 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref> <br>  
 
<br>County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, probate,<br>court and land records; Distric Clerk has divorce records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hidalgo County, Texas. Page 666 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref> <br>  
  
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'''County Clerk'''
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P.O. Box 58<br>Edinburg 78540<br>Phone: 956-318-2100<br>Fax: 956-318-2105
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'''District Clerk'''
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P.O. Box 487<br>Edinburg 78540<br>Phone: 956-318-2200<br>
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Hidalgo County has had four county seats: Edinburgh, Hidalgo, Hidalgo, Chapin (Edinburg).&nbsp; In 1852, the town of La Habitacion was renamed Edinburgh and became the county seat. Later, the name of the town was changed to Hidalgo. After a severe flood in 1886, the town was moved two miles north. Later, Edinburgh was moved away from the Rio Grande River - the present site and town of Hidalgo. In 1908, the town of Chapin became the county seat. In 1911, the town's name was changed to Edinburg.  
 
Hidalgo County has had four county seats: Edinburgh, Hidalgo, Hidalgo, Chapin (Edinburg).&nbsp; In 1852, the town of La Habitacion was renamed Edinburgh and became the county seat. Later, the name of the town was changed to Hidalgo. After a severe flood in 1886, the town was moved two miles north. Later, Edinburgh was moved away from the Rio Grande River - the present site and town of Hidalgo. In 1908, the town of Chapin became the county seat. In 1911, the town's name was changed to Edinburg.  
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The 1908 Courthouse at Edinburg served the county for nearly 50 years. It was torn down in 1954, after the opening of the current modern structure. <ref>HistoricTexas.net: Hidalgo County http://www3.historictexas.net/hidalgo-county-texas</ref>&nbsp;<ref>TexasEscapes.com http://www.texasescapes.com/TOWNS/Edinburg_Texas/HidalgoCountyCourthouseEdinburgTexas.htm</ref>  
 
The 1908 Courthouse at Edinburg served the county for nearly 50 years. It was torn down in 1954, after the opening of the current modern structure. <ref>HistoricTexas.net: Hidalgo County http://www3.historictexas.net/hidalgo-county-texas</ref>&nbsp;<ref>TexasEscapes.com http://www.texasescapes.com/TOWNS/Edinburg_Texas/HidalgoCountyCourthouseEdinburgTexas.htm</ref>  
  
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==== Hidalgo 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%" align="center" |1903
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1852
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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" |1852
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
Spanish mission and settlements were established by 1750 and Anglo-American settlements by 1883.  
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'''1750 and 1883--'''Spanish mission and settlements were established by 1750 and Anglo-American settlements by 1883.  
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1852--'''Hidalgo County was created 24 January 1852 from [[Cameron County, Texas|Cameron]] and [[Starr County, Texas|Starr]] Counties. '''County seat:''' Edinburg <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1852--'''Hidalgo County was created 24 January 1852 from [[Cameron County, Texas Genealogy|Cameron]] and [[Starr County, Texas Genealogy|Starr]] Counties.<br>
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*'''County seat:''' Edinburg <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
The county was named for Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, (1753-1811). Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, the priest known as the "father of Mexican independence," was born on May 8, 1753, at his father's hacienda near Guanajuato, Mexico.&nbsp;
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The county was named for Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, (1753-1811). Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, the priest known as the "father of Mexican independence," was born on May 8, 1753, at his father's hacienda near Guanajuato, Mexico.  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
  
'''1886--'''Flood destroyed the town of Hidalgo, which at that time was the county seat. Presumably, the courthouse was also destroyed or heavily damaged.  
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'''1886--'''Flood destroyed the town of Hidalgo, which at that time was the county seat. Presumably, the courthouse was also destroyed or heavily damaged.
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Hidalgo, Edinburg|place|disp=Edinburg}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Hidalgo, McAllen|place|disp=McAllen}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Hidalgo, Mission|place|disp=Mission}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Hidalgo, Progreso|place|disp=Progreso}}
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Brooks County, Texas|Brooks]]  
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[[Brooks County, Texas Genealogy|Brooks]] {{•}} [[Cameron County, Texas Genealogy|Cameron]] {{•}} [[Kenedy County, Texas Genealogy|Kenedy]] {{•}} [[Starr County, Texas Genealogy|Starr]] {{•}} [[Willacy County, Texas Genealogy|Willacy]]  
*[[Cameron County, Texas|Cameron]]  
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<center>{{TX HIDALGO County, Texas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Kenedy County, Texas|Kenedy]]  
 
*[[Starr County, Texas|Starr]]  
 
*[[Willacy County, Texas|Willacy]]
 
 
 
 
== 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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*'''1865-1870''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1989155 Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records](images) - FamilySearch<br>
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com AfriGeneas]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;African Ancestored Genealogy  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~aagriots/TX/texas.htm Texas African American Griots] ~ USGenWeb  
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/african/texas/index.htm Texas African American Genealogy]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Access Genealogy
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*[http://www.afrigeneas.com AfriGeneas] ~ African Ancestored Genealogy  
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/african/texas/index.htm Texas African American Genealogy] ~ Access Genealogy
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/hidalgo/hidaltoc.htm Hidalgo County Cemeteries&nbsp;] ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[http://txgenweb5.org/txhidalgo/resources/cemeteries.html Hidalgo County Cemeteries]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html Tombstone Transcription Project] ~ Partial transcription of cemetery tombstones ~ USGenWeb
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
*[http://www.historictexas.net/cemeteries/1-countytables.htm Texas Historic Cemeteries] ~ Partial indexes to historic cemeteries  
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions 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=2627&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n FindAGrave] 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|427769|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=2627 FindAGrave]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/hidalgo-tx-genealogy/cem/ Linkpendium]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Texas+Hidalgo+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/hidalgo.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search#/ Billion Graves (name)]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Etx/Hidalgo/ListHidalgo.html Cemeteries of TX]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/hidalgo/hidaceme.htm GenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texascemeteries.org/hidalgo/hidalgo-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=Hidalgo&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves (cemetery)]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=108 TX Gravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txhidalg/resources/cemeteries.html TXGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=22683&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=48&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3"|See [[Texas Cemeteries|Texas Cemeteries]] for more information.
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''Additional Cemetery Sources''
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*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/tx/ African American Cemeteries Online]&nbsp;~ Partial index/transcriptions of African American cemeteries  
 
*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/tx/ African American Cemeteries Online]&nbsp;~ Partial index/transcriptions of African American cemeteries  
*[http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/junction/CJ-TX-NDX.html Cemetery Junction]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links to cemetery transcriptions  
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*[http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/junction/CJ-TX-NDX.html Cemetery Junction]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links to cemetery transcriptions
*Some [http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Etx/Hidalgo/ListHidalgo.html cemeteries] for Hidalgo County, Texas are found at Gloria Mayfield's website
 
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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==== 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}}  
 
{{TX Land}}  
  
[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/hidalgo/land/hidalgo.txt Land Survey Abstract Indicies]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/hidalgo/land/hidalgo.txt Land Survey Abstract Indicies]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
  
 
==== 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:Txhidalgo.jpg|400px|Txhidalgo.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://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/hidalgo/military/civilwar/pensions/hidalcsa.txt Civil War Pension Applications]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project  
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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 $
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/military.html Military Resources] ~ Links to research 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] 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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*[https://www.tsl.texas.gov/apps/arc/pensions/ Confederate Pension Applications] ~ Texas State Library and Archives Commission
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/hidalgo/military/civilwar/pensions/hidalcsa.txt Civil War Pension Applications] ~ USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/hidalgo/military/civilwar/pensions/hidalcsa.txt Confederate Census Applications] USGenWeb Archives  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/hidalgo/military/civilwar/pensions/hidalcsa.txt Confederate Census Applications] USGenWeb Archives  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txhidalg/resources/union.html Union Texas Volunteers 1st Regiment] Hidalgo County TXGenWeb site  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txhidalg/resources/union.html Union Texas Volunteers 1st Regiment] Hidalgo County TXGenWeb site  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txhidalg/resources/1890_veterans_schedule.html 1890 Veterans Schedule Census for Hidalgo County] Hidalgo County TXGenWeb site  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txhidalg/resources/1890_veterans_schedule.html 1890 Veterans Schedule Census for Hidalgo County] Hidalgo County TXGenWeb site  
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/worldwar/texas/hidalgo1.htm Hidalgo County World War II Casualties] (Four pages of names, be sure to click "next" at the bottom of the page to reach the name you are looking for).&nbsp; Access Genealogy website  
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/hidalgo/military/koreanwar/casualties.txt Hidalgo County Korean War Casualties] ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project  
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=====World War I=====
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/military.html Military Resources] ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom&nbsp;~&nbsp;Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/fallen_heroes.htm Fallen Heroes]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
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*'''1917 - 1920''' - {{RecordSearch|2202707|Texas, World War I Records, 1917-1920}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*[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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=====World War II=====
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/worldwar/texas/hidalgo1.htm Hidalgo County World War II Casualties] (Four pages of names, be sure to click "next" at the bottom of the page to reach the name you are looking for). Access Genealogy website  
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=====Korean War=====
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/hidalgo/military/koreanwar/casualties.txt Hidalgo County Korean War Casualties] ~ USGenWeb Archives Project
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Hidalgo}}
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Hidalgo}}  
  
 
*[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  ====
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{{TX Probate Intro}}  
 
{{TX Probate Intro}}  
  
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=36 Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Ancestry.com&nbsp; (subscription)
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'''Online Probate Records'''
  
==== Taxation ====
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*'''1800 – 1990''' {{RecordSearch|2016287|Texas Probate Records}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
{{TX Tax Intro}}
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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)
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==== Taxation ====
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{{TX Tax Intro}}  
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
{{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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{{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.net/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, 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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===== 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/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1681052 Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973] - FamilySearch record collection
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*'''1837-1977''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803987 Texas County Marriage Records, 1837-1977] - FamilySearch. Index to a variety of marriage records (registers, licenses, intentions to marry, etc.) from select counties in Texas.
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*'''1837-1977''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60183 Texas Select County Marriage Index 1837-1977] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] index $
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*'''1966-2005''' [http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_marriage_records.htm Texas Marriage Records 1966 - 2005] - Hidden Ancestors
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*'''1966-2010''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/2031191 Texas, Marriages, 1966-2010] - FamilySearch record collection
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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]] 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''' {{RecordSearch|1681049|Texas Deaths and Burials 1903-1973}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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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 1964-1998] [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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===== Divorce  =====
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*'''1968-2005''' [http://whttp://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records&nbsp; 1968&nbsp;- 2005] - Hidden Ancestors  
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*'''1968-2010''' {{RecordSearch|2038378|Texas Divorce Index 1968-2010}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1968-2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8794 Texas Divorces 1968-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*'''1850-1930''' [http://www.usgwcensus.net/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] Texas 1850-1930
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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'''Museum of South Texas History'''<br>200 N. Closner Blvd.<br>Edinburg, Texas 78541<br>Telephone Number: 956-383-6911<br> The museum's Margaret H. McAllen Memorial Archive holds an extensive collection of regional items, including maps, newspapers, books, genealogical material, audiovisual and digital material, and the largest collection of historical photographs within the lower Rio Grande Valley. The archive's holdings are a source of inspiration for the museum's exhibitions as well as for students, scholars, and others who conduct research here.<br>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txhidalg/resources/addresses.html website]<br><br>
  
 
===== Libraries  =====
 
===== Libraries  =====
  
Alamo Public Library<br>416 N Tower Rd<br>Alamo, TX 78516<br>Phone: (956) 787-6160<br>[http://www.alamo.lib.tx.us/ Website]  
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Alamo Public Library<br>416 N Tower Rd<br>Alamo, TX 78516<br>Telephone Number: 956-787-6160<br>[http://www.alamo.lib.tx.us/ Website]  
  
Donna Public Library<br>301 S Main St<br>Donna, TX 78537<br>Phone: (956) 464-2221<br>[http://www.donna.lib.tx.us/ Website]  
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Donna Public Library<br>301 S Main St<br>Donna, TX 78537<br>Telephone Number: 956-464-2221<br>[http://www.donna.lib.tx.us/ Website]  
  
Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library<br>1906 S Closner Blvd<br>Edinburg, TX 78539<br>Phone: (956) 383-6246<br>[http://www.edinburg.lib.tx.us/ Website]  
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Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library<br>1906 S Closner Blvd<br>Edinburg, TX 78539<br>Telephone Number: 956-383-6246<br>[http://www.edinburg.lib.tx.us/ Website]  
  
Elsa Public Library<br>711 N Hidalgo St<br>Elsa, TX 78543<br>Phone: (956) 262-3061<br>[http://www.elsa.lib.tx.us/ Website]  
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Elsa Public Library<br>711 N Hidalgo St<br>Elsa, TX 78543<br>Telephone Number: 956-262-3061<br>[http://www.elsa.lib.tx.us/ Website]  
  
Hidalgo Public Library<br>710 E Texano Dr<br>Hidalgo, TX 78557<br>Phone: (956) 843-2093<br>[http://www.hidalgo.lib.tx.us/ Website]  
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Hidalgo Public Library<br>710 E Texano Dr<br>Hidalgo, TX 78557<br>Telephone Number: 956-843-2093<br>[http://www.hidalgo.lib.tx.us/ Website]  
  
La Joya Municipal Library<br>925 S Leo Ave<br>La Joya, TX 78560<br>Phone: (956) 581-4533<br>[http://www.lajoya.lib.tx.us/ Website]  
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La Joya Municipal Library<br>925 S Leo Ave<br>La Joya, TX 78560<br>Telephone Number: 956-581-4533<br>[http://www.lajoya.lib.tx.us/ Website]  
  
McAllen Memorial Library<br>601 N Main St<br>McAllen, TX 78501<br>Phone: (956) 688-3300<br>[http://www.mcallenlibrary.net/ Website]  
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McAllen Memorial Library<br>601 N Main St<br>McAllen, TX 78501<br>Telephone Number: 956-688-3300<br>[http://www.mcallenlibrary.net/ Website]  
  
Mercedes Memorial Library<br>434 S Ohio St<br>Mercedes, TX 78570<br>Phone: (956) 565-2371  
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Mercedes Memorial Library<br>434 S Ohio St<br>Mercedes, TX 78570<br>Telephone Number: 956-565-2371  
  
Pharr Memorial Library<br>121 E Cherokee Ave<br>Pharr, TX 78577<br>Phone: (956) 787-3966<br>[http://www.cityofpharr.com/library Website]  
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Pharr Memorial Library<br>121 E Cherokee Ave<br>Pharr, TX 78577<br>Telephone Number: 956-787-3966<br>[http://www.cityofpharr.com/library Website]  
  
Speer Memorial Library<br>801 E 12th St<br>Mission, TX 78572<br>Phone: (956) 580-8750<br>[http://www.mission.lib.tx.us/ Website]  
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Speer Memorial Library<br>801 E 12th St<br>Mission, TX 78572<br>Telephone Number: 956-580-8750<br>[http://www.mission.lib.tx.us/ Website]  
  
San Juan Public Library<br>1010 S Standard Ave<br>San Juan, TX 78589<br>Phone: (956) 702-0926<br>[http://www.sanjuan.lib.tx.us/ Website]  
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San Juan Public Library<br>1010 S Standard Ave<br>San Juan, TX 78589<br>Telephone Number: 956-702-0926<br>[http://www.sanjuan.lib.tx.us/ Website]  
  
Weslaco Public Library<br>525 S Kansas Ave<br>Weslaco, TX 78596<br>Phone: (956) 968-4533<br>[http://www.weslaco.lib.tx.us/ Website]  
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Weslaco Public Library<br>525 S Kansas Ave<br>Weslaco, TX 78596<br>Telephone Number: 956-968-4533<br>[http://www.weslaco.lib.tx.us/ Website]  
  
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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*[[McAllen Texas Family History Center]]  
 
*[[McAllen Texas Family History Center]]  
 
*[[Weslaco/Mercedes Texas Family History Center|Mercedes Texas Family History Center]]
 
*[[Weslaco/Mercedes Texas Family History Center|Mercedes Texas Family History Center]]
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Museum of South Texas History<br>121 E McIntyre<br>Edinburg, TX<br>Phone: (956) 383-6911<br>Fax: (956) 381-8518 [http://www.mosthistory.org website]  
 
Museum of South Texas History<br>121 E McIntyre<br>Edinburg, TX<br>Phone: (956) 383-6911<br>Fax: (956) 381-8518 [http://www.mosthistory.org website]  
  
Donna Hooks Fletcher Museum<br>129 S. 8th<br>Donna, Texas 78537<br>Phone: (956) 464-9989 [http://www3.historictexas.net/www.dhfmuseum.org website] <br>Wed-Friday 10:00am - 1:00pm, Sat 10:00am - 3:00pm  
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Donna Hooks Fletcher Museum<br>129 S. 8th<br>Donna, Texas 78537<br>Phone: (956) 464-9989 [http://www3.historictexas.net/www.dhfmuseum.org website] <br>Wed-Friday 10:00am - 1:00pm, Sat 10:00am - 3:00pm
  
== Web Sites ==
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== Websites ==
  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/hidalgo/hidaltoc.htm Hidalgo County Archives USGenWeb Archives Project]  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/hidalgo/hidaltoc.htm Hidalgo County Archives USGenWeb Archives Project]  
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*[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://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
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*[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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*{{FHL|Texas Hidalgo|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+Hidalgo|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
 
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==
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Latest revision as of 23:24, 20 June 2017

United States
Texas
Hidalgo County

Guide to Hidalgo 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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Hidalgo County, Texas
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Location in the state of Texas
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Facts
Founded January 24, 1852
County Seat Edinburg
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County Information


County Courthouse

Hidalgo County Courthouse
County Clerk's Office
100 N. Closner P O Box 58
Edinburg, TX 78540
Phone: (956) 318-2100


County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, probate,
court and land records; Distric Clerk has divorce records[1]

County Clerk

P.O. Box 58
Edinburg 78540
Phone: 956-318-2100
Fax: 956-318-2105

District Clerk

P.O. Box 487
Edinburg 78540
Phone: 956-318-2200


Hidalgo County has had four county seats: Edinburgh, Hidalgo, Hidalgo, Chapin (Edinburg).  In 1852, the town of La Habitacion was renamed Edinburgh and became the county seat. Later, the name of the town was changed to Hidalgo. After a severe flood in 1886, the town was moved two miles north. Later, Edinburgh was moved away from the Rio Grande River - the present site and town of Hidalgo. In 1908, the town of Chapin became the county seat. In 1911, the town's name was changed to Edinburg.

The last county courthouse in Hidalgo is still standing.  Built in 1886, the building was once two story with a cupola; after a fire in the early 1900s, the building was repaired and rebuilt as one story. 

The 1908 Courthouse at Edinburg served the county for nearly 50 years. It was torn down in 1954, after the opening of the current modern structure. [2] [3]

Hidalgo County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1852 1860 1848 1852

History

1750 and 1883--Spanish mission and settlements were established by 1750 and Anglo-American settlements by 1883.

Parent County

1852--Hidalgo County was created 24 January 1852 from Cameron and Starr Counties.

  • County seat: Edinburg [4]

The county was named for Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, (1753-1811). Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, the priest known as the "father of Mexican independence," was born on May 8, 1753, at his father's hacienda near Guanajuato, Mexico.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1886--Flood destroyed the town of Hidalgo, which at that time was the county seat. Presumably, the courthouse was also destroyed or heavily damaged.

Places / Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Towns and Cities: Alamo | Alton | Donna | Edcouch | Edinburg | Elsa | Granjeno | Hidalgo | La Joya | La Villa | McAllen | Mercedes | Mission | Palmhurst | Palmview | Penitas | Pharr | Progreso | San Juan | Sullivan City | Weslaco

Neighboring Counties

Brooks  • Cameron  • Kenedy  • Starr  • Willacy

MexicoStarr CountyBrooks CountyKenedy CountyWillacy CountyCameron CountyHidalgo CountyTX HIDALGO.JPG
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Resources

African American

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
FindAGrave Family History Library FindAGrave
Linkpendium WorldCat Tombstone Project
Billion Graves (name) Cemeteries of TX
GenWeb Archives Texas Cemeteries
Billion Graves (cemetery) TX Gravestones
TXGenWeb Epodunk
Names in Stone
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Sources

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
19006,837
191013,728100.8%
192038,110177.6%
193077,004102.1%
1940106,05937.7%
1950160,44651.3%
1960180,90412.8%
1970181,5350.3%
1980283,22956.0%
1990383,54535.4%
2000569,46348.5%
2010774,76936.1%







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 Hidalgo 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.

  • The Centennial Celebration of the Organization of Hidalgo County in Texas, 1952, by the Hidalgo County Centennial Corporation
  • The Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, 1954, by J. Lee and Lillian J. Stambaugh.
  • Hidalgo 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 I
World War II
Korean War

Newspapers

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

Museum of South Texas History
200 N. Closner Blvd.
Edinburg, Texas 78541
Telephone Number: 956-383-6911
The museum's Margaret H. McAllen Memorial Archive holds an extensive collection of regional items, including maps, newspapers, books, genealogical material, audiovisual and digital material, and the largest collection of historical photographs within the lower Rio Grande Valley. The archive's holdings are a source of inspiration for the museum's exhibitions as well as for students, scholars, and others who conduct research here.
website

Libraries

Alamo Public Library
416 N Tower Rd
Alamo, TX 78516
Telephone Number: 956-787-6160
Website

Donna Public Library
301 S Main St
Donna, TX 78537
Telephone Number: 956-464-2221
Website

Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library
1906 S Closner Blvd
Edinburg, TX 78539
Telephone Number: 956-383-6246
Website

Elsa Public Library
711 N Hidalgo St
Elsa, TX 78543
Telephone Number: 956-262-3061
Website

Hidalgo Public Library
710 E Texano Dr
Hidalgo, TX 78557
Telephone Number: 956-843-2093
Website

La Joya Municipal Library
925 S Leo Ave
La Joya, TX 78560
Telephone Number: 956-581-4533
Website

McAllen Memorial Library
601 N Main St
McAllen, TX 78501
Telephone Number: 956-688-3300
Website

Mercedes Memorial Library
434 S Ohio St
Mercedes, TX 78570
Telephone Number: 956-565-2371

Pharr Memorial Library
121 E Cherokee Ave
Pharr, TX 78577
Telephone Number: 956-787-3966
Website

Speer Memorial Library
801 E 12th St
Mission, TX 78572
Telephone Number: 956-580-8750
Website

San Juan Public Library
1010 S Standard Ave
San Juan, TX 78589
Telephone Number: 956-702-0926
Website

Weslaco Public Library
525 S Kansas Ave
Weslaco, TX 78596
Telephone Number: 956-968-4533
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.

Museums

Museum of South Texas History
121 E McIntyre
Edinburg, TX
Phone: (956) 383-6911
Fax: (956) 381-8518 website

Donna Hooks Fletcher Museum
129 S. 8th
Donna, Texas 78537
Phone: (956) 464-9989 website
Wed-Friday 10:00am - 1:00pm, Sat 10:00am - 3:00pm

Websites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hidalgo County, Texas. Page 666 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. HistoricTexas.net: Hidalgo County http://www3.historictexas.net/hidalgo-county-texas
  3. TexasEscapes.com http://www.texasescapes.com/TOWNS/Edinburg_Texas/HidalgoCountyCourthouseEdinburgTexas.htm
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).