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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties W|Counties W]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Willacy 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 W|Counties W]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Willacy County'' <br>  
  
Guide to '''Willacy County Texas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Guide to '''Willacy 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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<br>{{Adoption TXGenWeb}} Adopted by TXGenWeb Willacy County<br> David Pitt
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Willacy County
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| state = Texas
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| founded year = 1911
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| founded date = 11 March
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| seat = Raymondville
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| building address = Willacy County Courthouse<br>190 North 3rd Street<br>Raymondville, Texas 78580}}
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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== County Information ==
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=== County Courthouse  ===
  
 
[http://www.co.willacy.tx.us/ips/cms Willacy County Courthouse]<br> Courthouse Annex Building<br>190 North 3rd Street<br>Raymondville, Texas 78580<br> Phone: 956.689.2710&nbsp;<br><br>County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, probate and <br>court records from 1921 and land records from 1891<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Willacy County, Texas. Page 676 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
[http://www.co.willacy.tx.us/ips/cms Willacy County Courthouse]<br> Courthouse Annex Building<br>190 North 3rd Street<br>Raymondville, Texas 78580<br> Phone: 956.689.2710&nbsp;<br><br>County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, probate and <br>court records from 1921 and land records from 1891<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Willacy County, Texas. Page 676 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
Willacy County's first courthouse is now located in [[Kenedy County, Texas|Kenedy]] County.&nbsp; When Willacy County was organized in 1911, Sarita was selected as the county seat.&nbsp; In 1917, construction began on a three-story Classic Revival style courthouse.&nbsp; In 1921, Kenedy County was organized out of the northern part of Willacy County; Sarita and the new courthouse were now part of Kenedy County.&nbsp; Raymondville was selected as the county seat; and construction began on a new courthouse, a Classic Revival style building is a grand three-story brick structure with limestone details.&nbsp; This courthouse continues to serve Willacy County.<ref>HistoricTexas.net: Willacy County http://www3.historictexas.net/willacy-county-texas</ref><br>  
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'''County Clerk'''
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540 W. Hidalgo St.<br>Raymondville 78580<br>Phone: 956-689-2710
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'''District Clerk'''
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546 W. Hidalgo St.<br>Raymondville 78580<br>Phone: 956-689-2532<br>Fax: 956-689-5713<br>
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Willacy County's first courthouse is now located in [[Kenedy County, Texas Genealogy|Kenedy]] County.&nbsp; When Willacy County was organized in 1911, Sarita was selected as the county seat.&nbsp; In 1917, construction began on a three-story Classic Revival style courthouse.&nbsp; In 1921, Kenedy County was organized out of the northern part of Willacy County; Sarita and the new courthouse were now part of Kenedy County.&nbsp; Raymondville was selected as the county seat; and construction began on a new courthouse, a Classic Revival style building is a grand three-story brick structure with limestone details.&nbsp; This courthouse continues to serve Willacy County.<ref>HistoricTexas.net: Willacy County http://www3.historictexas.net/willacy-county-texas</ref><br>  
  
 
Willacy County Courthouse<br>County Clerk - Hon. Terry Flores<br>576 W. Main St.<br>Raymondville, Texas 78580<br>Office (956) 689-2710<br>Fax (956) 689-9849<br>[http://www.co.willacy.tx.us/ips/cms/index.html Willacy County Government Website]  
 
Willacy County Courthouse<br>County Clerk - Hon. Terry Flores<br>576 W. Main St.<br>Raymondville, Texas 78580<br>Office (956) 689-2710<br>Fax (956) 689-9849<br>[http://www.co.willacy.tx.us/ips/cms/index.html Willacy County Government Website]  
  
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==== Willacy County, Texas Record Dates ==== 
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1911--'''Willacy County was created 11 March 1911 from [[Hidalgo County, Texas|Hidalgo]] and [[Cameron County, Texas|Cameron]] Counties. '''County seat:''' Sarita, 1911-1921; Raymondville, 1921-present. <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1911--'''Willacy County was created 11 March 1911 from [[Hidalgo County, Texas Genealogy|Hidalgo]] and [[Cameron County, Texas Genealogy|Cameron]] Counties.<br>
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*'''County seat:''' Sarita, 1911-1921; Raymondville, 1921-present. <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
'''1921 -- '''Northern part of Willacy County became [[Kenedy County, Texas|Kenedy]] County. <ref>Handbook of Texas Online: Willacy County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcw10</ref>  
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'''1921 -- '''Northern part of Willacy County became [[Kenedy County, Texas Genealogy|Kenedy]] County. <ref>Handbook of Texas Online: Willacy County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcw10</ref>  
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
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== Places / Localities  ==
 
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Cameron County, Texas|Cameron]]  
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[[Cameron County, Texas Genealogy|Cameron]] {{•}} [[Hidalgo County, Texas Genealogy|Hidalgo]] {{•}} [[Kenedy County, Texas Genealogy|Kenedy]]  
*[[Hidalgo County, Texas|Hidalgo]]  
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*[[Kenedy County, Texas|Kenedy]]
 
 
 
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Findagrave.com]
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==== Church  ====
 
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{{TX Church Intro}}
  
 
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{TX Land}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
{{TX County Histories}}
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{{TX County Histories}}  
  
 
*''Texas' Last Frontier: A Brief History of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, ''1917; reprinted, 1962; by Frank Cushman Pierce, Rio Grande Valley Historical Society.  
 
*''Texas' Last Frontier: A Brief History of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, ''1917; reprinted, 1962; by Frank Cushman Pierce, Rio Grande Valley Historical Society.  
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site.  
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[[Image:Txwillacy.jpg|400px|Txwillacy.jpg]] <br> <br>
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*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site.
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
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*'''1838 - 1900'''  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2059 Texas Muster Roll Index Cards 1838-1900] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
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*'''1845 - 1848'''  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2058 US American Volunteer Soldiers Mexican War 1845-1848] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index '''$'''
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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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==== Probate ====
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Willacy}}
{{TX Probate Intro}}
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{{TX Probate Intro}}  
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1800 – 1990''' {{RecordSearch|2016287|Texas Probate Records}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1800 – 2000''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2115 Texas Wills and Probate Records] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
  
 
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{{TX Vital Intro}}  
 
{{TX Vital Intro}}  
  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/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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*[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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*'''1840-1981''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1681015 Texas, Births and Christenings, 1840-1981] - FamilySearch<br>
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*'''1903-1935''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803956 Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1935] (images and index) - FamilySearch<br>
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*'''1903-1997''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949342 Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997&nbsp;] (index)-&nbsp; FamilySearch<br>
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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&nbsp;]&nbsp; &nbsp;- &nbsp;FamilySearch record collection
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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 ]&nbsp;- &nbsp;FamilySearch records collection''<br>''
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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]&nbsp; &nbsp;- &nbsp;FamilySearch record collection
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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]]<br>Name index and images of statewide death certificates, 1890-1976. The name index has been created by Family Search 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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*'''1964-1998''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/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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*'''1968-2005''' [http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records&nbsp; 1968 - 2005]&nbsp; (index)&nbsp; - 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 $
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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Library in Raymondville<br> 193 N 4th St<br> Raymondville, TX 78580<br><br>  
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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== Web Sites ==
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==== Family History Centers ====
  
*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
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*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Willacy|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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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
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*{{FHL|Texas Willacy|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.
  
 
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Guide to Willacy 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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Founded 11 March, 1911
County Seat Raymondville
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Address Willacy County Courthouse
190 North 3rd Street
Raymondville, Texas 78580
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County Information

County Courthouse

Willacy County Courthouse
Courthouse Annex Building
190 North 3rd Street
Raymondville, Texas 78580
Phone: 956.689.2710 

County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, probate and
court records from 1921 and land records from 1891[1]

County Clerk

540 W. Hidalgo St.
Raymondville 78580
Phone: 956-689-2710

District Clerk

546 W. Hidalgo St.
Raymondville 78580
Phone: 956-689-2532
Fax: 956-689-5713

Willacy County's first courthouse is now located in Kenedy County.  When Willacy County was organized in 1911, Sarita was selected as the county seat.  In 1917, construction began on a three-story Classic Revival style courthouse.  In 1921, Kenedy County was organized out of the northern part of Willacy County; Sarita and the new courthouse were now part of Kenedy County.  Raymondville was selected as the county seat; and construction began on a new courthouse, a Classic Revival style building is a grand three-story brick structure with limestone details.  This courthouse continues to serve Willacy County.[2]

Willacy County Courthouse
County Clerk - Hon. Terry Flores
576 W. Main St.
Raymondville, Texas 78580
Office (956) 689-2710
Fax (956) 689-9849
Willacy County Government Website

Willacy County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1921 1921 1930 1921 1921


History

Parent County

1911--Willacy County was created 11 March 1911 from Hidalgo and Cameron Counties.

  • County seat: Sarita, 1911-1921; Raymondville, 1921-present. [3]

Boundary Changes

1921 -- Northern part of Willacy County became Kenedy County. [4]

Record Loss

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

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Bausell | Ellis | Lasara | Los Coyotes | Lyford | Porfirio | Port Mansfield | Raymondville | Santa Monica | San Perlita | Sebastian | Willamar

Neighboring Counties

Cameron  • Hidalgo  • Kenedy

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Resources

Cemeteries

Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Findagrave.com

WorldCat

Findagrave.com

Interment.net


Names in Stone

USGenWeb


Billion Graves

Billion Graves



Cemeteries of Texas



Names in Stone



See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Census

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 Willacy 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.

  • Texas' Last Frontier: A Brief History of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, 1917; reprinted, 1962; by Frank Cushman Pierce, Rio Grande Valley Historical Society.
  • The Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, 1954, by J. Lee and Lillian J. Stambaugh.
  • A Century of Service: The History of the Catholic Church in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, 1979, by Gilberto Rafael and Martha Oppert Cruz.
  • Willacy County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.

Maps

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Military

Mexican-American War
Civil War

Newspapers

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

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

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
Divorce

Societies and Libraries

Library in Raymondville
193 N 4th St
Raymondville, TX 78580


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

  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county
  • 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), Willacy County, Texas. Page 676 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. HistoricTexas.net: Willacy County http://www3.historictexas.net/willacy-county-texas
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Handbook of Texas Online: Willacy County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcw10