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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties L|Counties L]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Lavaca 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 L|Counties L]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Lavaca County'' <br>  
  
Guide to '''Lavaca County Texas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Guide to '''Lavaca County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
  
{{TXDC}}  
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{{Click|Image:TX_ORP.png|Texas Online Genealogy Records|left}}<br>
  
 
<br>{{Infobox U.S. County
 
<br>{{Infobox U.S. County
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| founded date = April 6
 
| founded date = April 6
 
| seat wl = Hallettsville
 
| seat wl = Hallettsville
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|building image = TexasLavacaCourthouse.jpg
 
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== County Information ==
  
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==== County Courthouse  ====
 
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== County Courthouse  ==
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[http://www.co.lavaca.tx.us/ips/cms Lavaca County Courthouse]<br> PO Box 326<br> Hallettsville, TX 77964<br> Phone: 361.798.3612 <br><br>County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903, <br>marriage and probate records from 1847, land records<br>from 1846, military records from 1918, court and <br>naturalization records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lavaca County, Texas. Page 668 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
[http://www.co.lavaca.tx.us/ips/cms Lavaca County Courthouse]<br> PO Box 326<br> Hallettsville, TX 77964<br> Phone: 361.798.3612 <br><br>County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903, <br>marriage and probate records from 1847, land records<br>from 1846, military records from 1918, court and <br>naturalization records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lavaca County, Texas. Page 668 {{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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P.O. Box 326<br>Hallettsville 77964<br>Phone: 361-798-3612
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'''District Clerk'''
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P.O. Box 306<br>Hallettsville 77964<br>Phone: 361-798-2351<br>Fax: 361-798-5674 <br>
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==== Lavaca 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" |1847
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1850
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1846
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1846
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1846--'''Lavaca County was created 6 April 1846 from [[Colorado County, Texas|Colorado]], [[Gonzales County, Texas|Gonzales]], [[Fayette County, Texas|Fayette]], [[Jackson County, Texas|Jackson]], and [[Victoria County, Texas|Victoria]] Counties. '''County seat:''' Hallettsville <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1846--'''Lavaca County was created 6 April 1846 from [[Colorado County, Texas Genealogy|Colorado]], [[Gonzales County, Texas Genealogy|Gonzales]], [[Fayette County, Texas Genealogy|Fayette]], [[Jackson County, Texas Genealogy|Jackson]], and [[Victoria County, Texas Genealogy|Victoria]] Counties.<br>
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*'''County seat:''' Hallettsville <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
[http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/LL/hcl5.html Lavaca County History ]from the Handbook of Texas Online.<br>  
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[http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/LL/hcl5.html Lavaca County History ]from the Handbook of Texas Online.<br>
  
 
==== 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, Lavaca, Breslau|place|disp=Breslau}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Lavaca, Hallettsville|place|disp=Hallettsville}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Lavaca, Hope|place|disp=Hope}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Lavaca, Koerth|place|disp=Koerth}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Lavaca, Moravia|place|disp=Moravia}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Lavaca, Moulton|place|disp=Moulton}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Lavaca, Shiner|place|disp=Shiner}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Lavaca, Sweet Home|place|disp=Sweet Home}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Lavaca, Wied|place|disp=Wied}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Lavaca, Witting|place|disp=Witting}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Lavaca, Worthing|place|disp=Worthing}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Lavaca, Yoakum|place|disp=Yoakum}}
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Colorado County, Texas|Colorado]]  
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[[Colorado County, Texas Genealogy|Colorado]] {{•}} [[De Witt County, Texas Genealogy|De Witt]] {{•}} [[Fayette County, Texas Genealogy|Fayette]] {{•}} [[Gonzales County, Texas Genealogy|Gonzales]] {{•}} [[Jackson County, Texas Genealogy|Jackson]] {{•}} [[Victoria County, Texas Genealogy|Victoria]] {{•}} [[Wharton County, Texas|Wharton]]  
*[[De Witt County, Texas|De Witt]]  
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<center>{{TX Lavaca County, Texas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Fayette County, Texas|Fayette]]  
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*[[Gonzales County, Texas|Gonzales]]  
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*[[Jackson County, Texas|Jackson]]  
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*[[Victoria County, Texas|Victoria]]
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== 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  ====
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===== Additional Cemetery Sources =====
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===== Additional Cemetery Sources =====
  
 
*[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txlavaca/cemeteries.htm Lavaca County Cemeteries]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Index&nbsp; ~&nbsp; TXGenWeb&nbsp;  
 
*[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txlavaca/cemeteries.htm Lavaca County Cemeteries]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Index&nbsp; ~&nbsp; TXGenWeb&nbsp;  
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
  
*[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txlavaca/census.htm 1850 Census]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; TXGenWeb  
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{{US Census population
*[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txlavaca/census.htm 1860 Census]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; TXGenWeb  
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|1850= 1571
*[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txlavaca/census.htm 1870 Census]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; TXGenWeb
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|1860= 5945
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|1870= 9168
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|1880= 13641
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|1890= 21887
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|1900= 28121
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|1910= 26418
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|1920= 28964
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|1930= 27550
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|1940= 25485
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|1950= 22159
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|1960= 20174
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|1970= 17903
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|1980= 19004
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|1990= 18690
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|2000= 19210
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|2010= 19263
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*[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txlavaca/census.htm '''1850''' Census] ~ TXGenWeb  
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*[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txlavaca/census.htm '''1860''' Census] ~ TXGenWeb  
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*[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txlavaca/census.htm '''1870''' Census] ~ TXGenWeb
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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===== Lutheran  =====
 
===== Lutheran  =====
  
:*Records of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Moulton, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).<ref name="ev">"Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society," Collection Finding Aids, ''Minnesota Historical Society,'' http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/01009.xml, accessed 10 June 2013.</ref>
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*Records of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Moulton, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at [http://www.archives.com Archives.com] ($).<ref name="ev">"Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society," Collection Finding Aids, ''Minnesota Historical Society,'' http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/01009.xml, accessed 10 June 2013.</ref>
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{TX Land}}  
 
{{TX Land}}  
  
[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/lavaca/land/abstract.txt Original Land Owners of Texas]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/lavaca/land/abstract.txt Original Land Owners of Texas]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
{{TX County Histories}}
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{{TX County Histories}}  
  
 
*[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txlavaca/bibliography.htm Lavaca County Bibliography]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txlavaca/bibliography.htm Lavaca County Bibliography]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb  
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Texas Land Survey Maps for {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
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[[Image:Txlavaca.jpg|400px|Txlavaca.jpg]] <br> <br>
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Texas Land Survey Maps for {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.  
 
*[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txlavaca/maps.htm Lavaca County Maps]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txlavaca/maps.htm Lavaca County Maps]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; TXGenWeb  
 
*[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/lavaca/military/pensions/civilwar/lavacngt.txt Confederate Indigent Families]&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 '''$'''
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/lavaca/military/pensions/civilwar/lavaccsa.txt Confederate Pension Applications]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/military.html Military Resources] ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/military.html Military Resources] ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom&nbsp;~&nbsp;Hidden Ancestors  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Fallen_Heroes.htm Fallen Heroes] ~ Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/fallen_heroes.htm Fallen Heroes]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/veterans.htm Honoring Our Veterans] ~ Partial index of veterans from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/veterans/veterans.htm Honoring Our Veterans] ~ Partial index of veterans from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
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=====Mexican-American War=====
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*'''1845-1848''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2058 US American Volunteer Soldiers Mexican War] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index '''$'''
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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/lavaca/military/pensions/civilwar/lavacngt.txt Confederate Indigent Families] ~ USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/lavaca/military/pensions/civilwar/lavaccsa.txt Confederate Pension Applications] ~ USGenWeb Archives Project
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Lavaca}}
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Lavaca}}  
  
 
*[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://www.txgenweb2.org/txlavaca/obituaries_a.htm Lavaca County Obituaries]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txlavaca/obituaries_a.htm Lavaca County Obituaries]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; TXGenWeb  
*[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}}
 
  
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=36 Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Ancestry.com&nbsp; (subscription)<br>
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{{TX Probate Intro}}
  
==== Taxation ====
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'''Online Probate Records'''
{{TX Tax Intro}}
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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)<br>
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==== Taxation ====
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{{TX Tax Intro}}  
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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{{TX Vital Intro}}  
 
{{TX Vital Intro}}  
  
=====Birth=====
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===== Birth =====
  
=====Marriage=====
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''Online Birth Indexes and Records''
  
*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_marriage_records.htm Texas Marriage Records&nbsp; 1966 - 2005]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
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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
  
=====Death=====*[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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===== Marriage  =====
  
*[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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''Online Marriage Indexes and Records''
  
=====Divorce=====
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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
  
*[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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===== 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.
*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Texas&nbsp; 1850 - 1930
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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 to 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 1968-2005] - 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.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] Texas 1850-1930
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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<br>Shiner Public Library<br>115 E Wolters 2nd St<br>Shiner, TX 77984<br>Phone: (361) 594-3044  
 
<br>Shiner Public Library<br>115 E Wolters 2nd St<br>Shiner, TX 77984<br>Phone: (361) 594-3044  
  
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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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[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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==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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==== Family History Centers  ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
== Web Sites ==
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== Websites ==
  
*Lavaca County Archives&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/lavaca/lavtoc.htm Lavaca County Archives]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txlavaca/ Lavaca County&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txlavaca/ Lavaca County&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.
 
 
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Guide to Lavaca 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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Lavaca County, Texas
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Location in the state of Texas
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Facts
Founded April 6, 1846
County Seat Hallettsville
Courthouse
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County Information

County Courthouse

Lavaca County Courthouse
PO Box 326
Hallettsville, TX 77964
Phone: 361.798.3612

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage and probate records from 1847, land records
from 1846, military records from 1918, court and
naturalization records[1]

County Clerk

P.O. Box 326
Hallettsville 77964
Phone: 361-798-3612

District Clerk

P.O. Box 306
Hallettsville 77964
Phone: 361-798-2351
Fax: 361-798-5674

Lavaca County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1847 1850 1846 1846


History

Parent County

1846--Lavaca County was created 6 April 1846 from Colorado, Gonzales, Fayette, Jackson, and Victoria Counties.

  • County seat: Hallettsville [2]

Lavaca County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.

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

Cities and Towns:  Hallettsville | Moulton | Shiner | Sweet Home | Yoakum

Neighboring Counties

Colorado  • De Witt  • Fayette  • Gonzales  • Jackson  • Victoria  • 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


Cemeteries of Texas



Names in Stone



See Texas Cemeteries for more information.
Additional Cemetery Sources

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18501,571
18605,945278.4%
18709,16854.2%
188013,64148.8%
189021,88760.5%
190028,12128.5%
191026,418−6.1%
192028,9649.6%
193027,550−4.9%
194025,485−7.5%
195022,159−13.1%
196020,174−9.0%
197017,903−11.3%
198019,0046.1%
199018,690−1.7%
200019,2102.8%
201019,2630.3%

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.


Lutheran
  • Records of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Moulton, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[3]

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 Lavaca 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.

Maps

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Military

Mexican-American War
Civil War

Newspapers

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

Friench Simpson Memorial Library
705 E 4th St
Hallettsville, TX 77964
Phone: (361) 798-3243
Website


Shiner Public Library
115 E Wolters 2nd St
Shiner, TX 77984
Phone: (361) 594-3044

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

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

  • Lavaca County Archives  ~  USGenWeb Archives Project
  • Lavaca County  ~  TXGenWeb
  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.
  • USGenWeb Texas Archives Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.
  • 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), Lavaca County, Texas. Page 668 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).
  3. "Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society," Collection Finding Aids, Minnesota Historical Society, http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/01009.xml, accessed 10 June 2013.