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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties M|Counties M]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Matagorda County'' <br>
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Guide to '''Matagorda County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
<br>{{Adoption TXGenWeb}}  
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{{Click|Image:TX_ORP.png|Texas Online Genealogy Records|left}}<br>
  
== County Courthouse ==
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Matagorda County
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| state = Texas
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| founded year =1836
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| founded date = 17 March
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| seat = Bay City
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| building address = Matagorda County Courthouse<br>1700 7th Street<br>Bay City, TX 77414}}
  
[http://www.co.matagorda.tx.us/ips/cms Matagorda County Courthouse]<br> 1700 7th Street<br> Bay City, TX 77414<br> Phone: 979.244.7680 <br><br>County Clerk has birth records from 1903, <br>marriage records from 1838, death records<br> from 1917, land records from 1827, probate<br> records form late 1800’s, military records from <br>1919 and court records from 1981<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Matagorda County, Texas. Page 669 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref> <br>  
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== County Information ==
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==== Matagorda 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" | '''[[#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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[http://www.co.matagorda.tx.us/ips/cms/index.html Matagorda County Courthouse - today]  
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==== County Courthouse  ====
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[http://www.co.matagorda.tx.us/ips/cms Matagorda County Courthouse]<br> 1700 7th Street<br> Bay City, TX 77414<br> Phone: 979.244.7680 <br>
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[[Image:Matagorda County Courthouse 1896.jpg|right|340px|Matagorda County Courthouse - 1896]]  
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County Clerk has birth records from 1903, <br>marriage records from 1838, death records<br> from 1917, land records from 1827, probate<br> records form late 1800’s, military records from <br>1919 and court records from 1981<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Matagorda County, Texas. Page 669 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref> <br>
  
[[Image:Matagorda County Courthouse 1928.jpg|337x226px|Matagorda County Courthouse - 1928]]  
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[[Image:Matagorda County Courthouse1848.jpg|right|332px|Matagorda County Courthouse -1848]]
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[[Image:Matagorda County Courthouse 1928.jpg|right|337x226px|Matagorda County Courthouse - 1928]]
  
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'''County Clerk'''
  
[[Image:Matagorda County Courthouse 1896.jpg|340px|Matagorda County Courthouse - 1896]]
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1700 Seventh St. 202<br>Bay City 77414<br>Phone: 979-244-7680<br>Fax: 979-244-7688
  
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'''District Clerk'''
  
[[Image:Matagorda County Courthouse1848.jpg|532px|Matagorda County Courthouse -1848]]&nbsp;
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1700 Seven St. Room 307<br>Bay City 77414<br>Phone: 979-244-7621<br> <br>
  
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[http://www.co.matagorda.tx.us/ips/cms/index.html Matagorda County Courthouse - today]
  
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'''[http://www.co.matagorda.tx.us/ips/cms/countyoffices/countyClerk.html County Clerk]<br>'''1700 7th Street, Room 202<br>Bay City, TX 77414-5094<br>(979) 244-7680  
 
'''[http://www.co.matagorda.tx.us/ips/cms/countyoffices/countyClerk.html County Clerk]<br>'''1700 7th Street, Room 202<br>Bay City, TX 77414-5094<br>(979) 244-7680  
  
 
'''[http://www.co.matagorda.tx.us/ips/cms/districtcourt/districtClerk.html District Clerk]<br>'''1700 7th Street, Room 307<br>Bay City, TX 77414<br>(979) 244-7621  
 
'''[http://www.co.matagorda.tx.us/ips/cms/districtcourt/districtClerk.html District Clerk]<br>'''1700 7th Street, Room 307<br>Bay City, TX 77414<br>(979) 244-7621  
 
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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Part of Stephen F. Austin's Colony.  
 
Part of Stephen F. Austin's Colony.  
  
[http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/MM/hcm5.html The Handbook of Texas Online - Matagorda County]  
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*[http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/MM/hcm5.html The Handbook of Texas Online - Matagorda County]
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1836--'''Matagorda County was created 17 March 1836 from an Old Mexican Municipality. '''County seat:''' Bay City <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1836--'''Matagorda County was created 17 March 1836 from an Old Mexican Municipality.<br>
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*'''County seat:''' Bay City <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county. <br>
  
== [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/kids_county.htm Matagorda County For Kids]  ==
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==== [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/kids_county.htm Matagorda County For Kids]  ====
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Matagorda, Bay City|place|disp=Bay City}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Matagorda, Blessing|place|disp=Blessing}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Matagorda, Buckeye|place|disp=Buckeye}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Matagorda, Cedar Lane|place|disp=Cedar Lane}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Matagorda, Matagorda|place|disp=Matagorda}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Matagorda, Midfield|place|disp=Midfield}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Matagorda, Olivia|place|disp=Olivia}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Matagorda, Palacios|place|disp=Palacios}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Matagorda, Sargent|place|disp=Sargent}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Matagorda, Van Vleck|place|disp=Van Vleck}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Matagorda, Wadsworth|place|disp=Wadsworth}}
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Brazoria County, Texas|Brazoria]]  
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[[Brazoria County, Texas Genealogy|Brazoria]] {{•}} [[Calhoun County, Texas Genealogy|Calhoun]] {{•}} [[Jackson County, Texas Genealogy|Jackson]] {{•}} [[Wharton County, Texas Genealogy|Wharton]]  
*[[Calhoun County, Texas|Calhoun]]  
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<center>{{TX Matagorda County, Texas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Jackson County, Texas|Jackson]]  
 
*[[Wharton County, Texas|Wharton]]
 
 
 
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
Matagorda County Cemeteries (rootsweb)
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
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| width="31%" bgcolor="#ffff99" align="center" | '''Online Grave Transcripts'''
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| width="31%" bgcolor="#dbbff7" align="center" | '''Published Grave Transcripts'''
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| bgcolor="#dbeadc" align="center" | '''County Cemetery Directories'''
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2680 Findagrave.com]
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2680 Findagrave.com ]
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[http://www.interment.net/us/tx/index.htm Interment.net]
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| bgcolor="#eddffb" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Texas+Matagorda+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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[http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
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[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html USGenWeb]
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[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery=undefined&action=search_cemetery Billion Graves ]
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[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery Billion Graves]
  
*&nbsp;[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/cemeteries.htm [RootsWeb]]
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[http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Etx/Matagorda/ListMatagorda.html Cemeteries of Texas]<br>
  
Cemeteries of Matagorda County Texas (Cemeteries of Texas project)
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[http://www.namesinstone.com/Default.aspx Names in Stone]
  
*&nbsp;[http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Etx/Matagorda/ListMatagorda.html [Cemeteries of Texas]]
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&nbsp;Find-A-Grave (Matagorda county)
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===== Additional Cemetery Sources  =====
  
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2680 Find-A-Grave] <br>
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*Matagorda County Cemeteries (rootsweb)&nbsp; [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/cemeteries.htm RootsWeb]
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*Cemeteries of Matagorda County Texas (Cemeteries of Texas project) [http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Etx/Matagorda/ListMatagorda.html Cemeteries of Texas]
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*&nbsp;Find-A-Grave (Matagorda county) - [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2680 Find-A-Grave] <br>
  
==== '''Census Records'''  ====
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==== Census ====
  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/matagorda/census/1850/1850indx.txt 1850 Index]  
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*'''1850''' [http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/matagorda/census/1850/1850indx.txt 1850 Index]  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/aa_1870.htm 1870 African-American Families]  
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*'''1870''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/aa_1870.htm 1870 African-American Families]  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/palacios_point_1870.htm 1870 Palacios Point]  
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*'''1870''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/palacios_point_1870.htm 1870 Palacios Point]  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/frameset_search.asp?PAGE=census/search_census.asp 1880 Search at FamilySearch]  
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*'''1880''' [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/frameset_search.asp?PAGE=census/search_census.asp 1880 Search at FamilySearch]  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/cp_1910_census_part1.htm 1910 Collegeport Community]
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*'''1910''' [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/cp_1910_census_part1.htm 1910 Collegeport Community]
  
 
==== Churches  ====
 
==== Churches  ====
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{{TX Church Intro}}
  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/churches.htm Matagorda County Churches]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/churches.htm Matagorda County Churches]
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{TX Land}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{TX County Histories}}
  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/history_makers.htm History Maker Biographies]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/history_makers.htm History Maker Biographies]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/family_hist.htm Family Histories]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/family_hist.htm Family Histories]
  
==== [[Image:Matagorda County (highlighted).JPG|right|Matagorda County Texas (highlighted)]]Maps  ====
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==== Maps  ====
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[[Image:Txmatagorda.jpg|400px|Txmatagorda.jpg]] <br> <br>
  
 
*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site  
 
*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site  
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==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
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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://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/military.htm General Military Links]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/military.htm General Military Links]  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/confederate.htm Confederate Military Information]  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/casualties.htm War Casualties]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/gsm.htm Gold Star Mothers]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/gsm.htm Gold Star Mothers]  
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=====Texas Revolution=====
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/txrevolution.htm Republic of Texas]
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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
 
*[http://history-sites.com/~kjones/ Texas in the Civil War]  
 
*[http://history-sites.com/~kjones/ Texas in the Civil War]  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/casualties.htm War Casualties]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/confederate.htm Confederate Military Information]
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Matagorda}}
  
 
*[http://baycitytribune.com/ Bay City Tribune]  
 
*[http://baycitytribune.com/ Bay City Tribune]  
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For current obituaries see newspaper sites above  
 
For current obituaries see newspaper sites above  
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/obituaries.htm Obituaries]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/obituaries.htm Obituaries]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Matagorda TXGenWeb
  
==== [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/photos.htm Photographs] ====
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==== Photographs  ====
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/photos.htm Matagorda County Photographs] - Matagorda TXGenWeb
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
  
*Early Probate Records
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{{TX Probate Intro}}
  
==== [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/txrevolution.htm Republic of Texas]  ====
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'''Online Probate Records'''
  
==== [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/school_history.htm Schools] ====
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*'''1800 – 1990''' {{RecordSearch|2016287|Texas Probate Records 1800-1990}} 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 1800-2000] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
  
'''A wiki article describing an online collections is found at:'''  
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==== Schools  ====
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*'''1923-1946''' {{RecordSearch|1390096|Texas Matagorda County School Census Records 1923-1946}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — index and images
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/school_history.htm Matagorda Schools] - Matagorda TXGenWeb
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*[[Texas, Matagorda County, School Census Records (FamilySearch Historical Collection)|Texas, Matagorda County, School Census Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
  
[[Texas, Matagorda County, School Census Records (FamilySearch Historical Collection)|Texas, Matagorda County, School Census Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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==== 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/1320964Texas 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.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/marriages.htm Marriages and Wedding Articles]
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===== Birth  =====
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''Online Birth Indexes and Records''
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*'''1840 - 1981''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1681015 Texas, Births and Christenings, 1840-1981] - FamilySearch
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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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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/marriages.htm Marriages and Wedding Articles] Matagorda TXGenWeb
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*'''1837 - 1977''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1803987 Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977 ] - FamilySearch records collection
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*'''1837 - 1977'''  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60183 Texas Select County Marriage Index 1837-1977] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] index $
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*'''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/1320964Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]]<br>Name index and images of statewide death certificates, 1890-1976.  
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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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*'''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]
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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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*'''1986 - 2005''' [http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records 1968 - 2005] (index) 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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== Societies, Libraries and Museums  ==
 
== Societies, Libraries and Museums  ==
  
'''[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/mcgs.htm MATAGORDA COUNTY GENEALOGICAL S<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1302662776819_594" />OCIETY]'''&nbsp; - publishes "<u>''Oak Leaves''</u>" genealogical data about Matagorda County twice a year (Feb. &amp;&nbsp;Aug.).<br>1100 Seventh Street<br>Bay City, TX&nbsp; 77414-4915<br>[mailto:mcgs@yahoo.com carolsgibbs@yahoo.com]&nbsp;
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'''Matagorda County Genealogical Society'''<br>1100 Seventh Street<br>Bay City, TX 77414-4915<br>E-mail:[mailto:mcgs@yahoo.com carolsgibbs@yahoo.com]<br>
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/mcgs.htm Website]- publishes "<u>''Oak Leaves''</u>" genealogical data about Matagorda County twice a year (Feb. and Aug.)
  
&nbsp;[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/mchc.htm '''MATAGORDA COUNTY HISTORICAL COMMISSION''']<br>P. O. Box 275<br>Blessing, TX 77419-0275
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'''Matagorda County Historical Records'''<br>PO Box 275<br>Blessing, TX 77419-0275<br>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/mchc.htm Website]<br> <br>
  
[http://www.baycitytxlib.org/ '''BAY CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY''']<br>1100 7th St.<br>Bay City, TX 77414  
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'''Bay City Public Library'''<br>1100 7th St.<br>Bay City, TX 77414<br>[http://www.baycitytxlib.org/ Website]<br><br>
  
'''[http://www.palacioslibrary.org/ PALACIOS LIBRARY]'''<br>326 Main St.<br>Palacios, TX 77465
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'''Palacios Library'''<br> 326 Main St.<br>Palacios, TX 77465<br>[http://www.palacioslibrary.org/ Website]<br><br>
  
&nbsp;'''[http://www.matagordamuseum.org/ MATAGORDA COUNTY MUSEUM]'''<br>2100 Avenue F.<br>Bay City, TX 77414
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'''Matagorda County Museum'''<br>2100 Avenue F.<br>Bay City, TX 77414<br>[http://www.matagordamuseum.org/ Website]<br><br>
  
&nbsp;'''PALACIOS AREA HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION<br>[http://www.citybytheseamuseum.org/default.html CITY BY THE SEA MUSEUM]'''<br>401 Commerce Street<br>Palacios, TX 77465
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'''City By the Sea Museum'''<br>401 Commerce Street<br>Palacios, TX 77465<br>[http://www.citybytheseamuseum.org/default.html Website]<br><br>
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==== 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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*[[Bay City Texas Family History Center]]
 
*[[Bay City Texas Family History Center]]
  
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== Web Sites ==
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== Websites ==
  
 
*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county  
 
*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/ TXGenWeb - Matagorda County]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/ TXGenWeb - Matagorda County]  
 
*[http://www.thc.state.tx.us/ Texas Historical Commission]  
 
*[http://www.thc.state.tx.us/ Texas Historical Commission]  
*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Matagorda|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*{{FHL|Texas Matagorda|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.
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==

Latest revision as of 12:56, 18 March 2017

United States
Texas


Matagorda County


Guide to Matagorda 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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Matagorda County, Texas
Map
Map of Texas highlighting Matagorda County
Location in the state of Texas
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Location of Texas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 17 March, 1836
County Seat Bay City
Courthouse
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Address Matagorda County Courthouse
1700 7th Street
Bay City, TX 77414
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County Information


Matagorda County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1837 1850 1828 1827

County Courthouse

Matagorda County Courthouse
1700 7th Street
Bay City, TX 77414
Phone: 979.244.7680

Matagorda County Courthouse - 1896

County Clerk has birth records from 1903,
marriage records from 1838, death records
from 1917, land records from 1827, probate
records form late 1800’s, military records from
1919 and court records from 1981[1]

Matagorda County Courthouse -1848
Matagorda County Courthouse - 1928

County Clerk

1700 Seventh St. 202
Bay City 77414
Phone: 979-244-7680
Fax: 979-244-7688

District Clerk

1700 Seven St. Room 307
Bay City 77414
Phone: 979-244-7621

Matagorda County Courthouse - today



County Clerk
1700 7th Street, Room 202
Bay City, TX 77414-5094
(979) 244-7680

District Clerk
1700 7th Street, Room 307
Bay City, TX 77414
(979) 244-7621

History

Part of Stephen F. Austin's Colony.

Parent County

1836--Matagorda County was created 17 March 1836 from an Old Mexican Municipality.

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Matagorda County border changes.

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Matagorda County For Kids

Places / Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Brazoria  • Calhoun  • Jackson  • Wharton

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Resources

African-American Information

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

Churches

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

Historical Markers

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 Matagorda 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

Texas Revolution
Mexican-American War
Civil War

Newspapers

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

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

Obituaries

For current obituaries see newspaper sites above

Photographs

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

Schools

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

Voting

Societies, Libraries and Museums

Matagorda County Genealogical Society
1100 Seventh Street
Bay City, TX 77414-4915
E-mail:carolsgibbs@yahoo.com
Website- publishes "Oak Leaves" genealogical data about Matagorda County twice a year (Feb. and Aug.)

Matagorda County Historical Records
PO Box 275
Blessing, TX 77419-0275
Website

Bay City Public Library
1100 7th St.
Bay City, TX 77414
Website

Palacios Library
326 Main St.
Palacios, TX 77465
Website

Matagorda County Museum
2100 Avenue F.
Bay City, TX 77414
Website


City By the Sea Museum
401 Commerce Street
Palacios, TX 77465
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.

 

Websites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Matagorda County, Texas. Page 669 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).
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