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Cameron County, Texas
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Cameron County, Texas Facts

Cameron County

When was Cameron County, TX Created?
Allen County was created on Febuary 12, 1848 from Nueces County. This county was named for Ewen Cameron, a soldier during the Texas Revolution killed during the Black Bean Episode.

What is the County Seat of Cameron County, TX?
The County Seat is located in Brownsville also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Cameron County, TX?
Bordering Counties are Willacy County (north), Hidalgo County (west), Tamaulipas, Mexico (south)

What cities and towns are in Cameron County, TX?
Cities and towns located in the County include Brownsville, Harlingen, La Feria, Los Fresnos, Palm Valley, Port Isabel, Rio Hondo, San Benito, Bayview, Combes, Indian Lake, Laguna Vista, Los Indios, Primera, Rancho Viejo, Santa Rosa, South Padre Island.

Cameron County, TX Vital Records

Where can find Cameron County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Cameron County vital records can be found at the Texas Office of Vital Records has copies of birth and death records reported from 1903. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Texas for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Cameron County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Texas Birth and Death Certificate, Marriage or Divorce Verification Application to mail.

Cameron County, TX Census Records

What Cameron County, TX census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Cameron County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Cameron Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Cameron Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Cameron Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. The Slave Schedules exist for 1850 & 1860.

Another census resource is the Texas, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index from 1820-1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Texas Census Records Research Guide.

Cameron County, TX Courthouse and Government Records

Cameron County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Cameron County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Cameron County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Texas Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Cameron County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 964 E. Harrison St., Brownsville 78520
  • Cameron County Clerk is the place where all transactions having to do with land are recorded and kept on file. They take marriage license applications, issues marriage licenses, files the license after the marriage, and maintains a permanent record of the marriage, surveys and plats of subdivisions, Armed Forces discharge papers for all veterans who reside in the county. Some naturalization records have been found with the deeds.
    • Phone: (956) 544-0815
    • Birth & Death Records: 1903
    • Marriage Records: 1848
    • Land Records: 1848
    • Probate Records: 1848 
    • Court Records: 1849
  • Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910
  • Texas Land Title Abstracts
  • BLM Land Records

Cameron County, TX Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Cameron County, TX?
A list of Cameron County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Texas Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Cameron County, TX Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Cameron County, TX?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Cameron County.

Cameron Co. TX Books,Newspapers & Publications

Cameron Co. TX Cemeteries & Church Records

Cameron Co. TX Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Cameron Co. TX General and History Websites

Cameron Co. TX Immigration & Naturalization

Cameron Co. TX Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Cameron Co. TX Military Records

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