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Galveston County, Texas Facts

Galveston County

When was Galveston County, TX Created?
Allen County was created on May 15, 1838 from Brazoria County and Liberty County. This county was named for Bernardo de Gálvez, Spanish governor of the Louisiana Territory (1777–1785) .

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

What counties are adjacent to Galveston County, TX?
Bordering Counties are Harris County (north), Chambers County (northeast), Brazoria County (west).

What cities and towns are in Galveston County, TX?
Cities and towns located in the County include Bayou Vista, Clear Lake Shores, Dickinson, Friendswood, Galveston, Hitchcock, Jamaica Beach, Kemah, La Marque, League City, Santa Fe, Texas City, Tiki Island.

Galveston County, TX Vital Records

Where can find Galveston County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Galveston 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 Galveston 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.

Galveston County, TX Census Records

What Galveston County, TX census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Galveston County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Galveston Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Galveston Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Galveston 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.

Galveston County, TX Courthouse and Government Records

Galveston County Courthouse

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

Since 1900, a seawall was built along the outward facing shore, and subsequent hurricanes, including Ike in 2008, did somewhat less damage as the seawall for the ost part has kept the storm surge produced by any hurricane from overwashing the island by and large. In fact, one can drive along the seawall itself which will give any visitor an idea of just how serious the 1900 disaster really was.

  • Galveston County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Box 17253, Galveston 77552-7253
  • Galveston 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: (409) 766-2200
    • Birth & Death Records: 1903
    • Marriage Records: 1838
    • Land Records: 1838
    • Probate Records: 1838 
    • Court Records: 1839
  • Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910
  • Texas Land Title Abstracts
  • BLM Land Records

Galveston County, TX Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Galveston Co. TX Books,Newspapers & Publications

Galveston Co. TX Cemeteries & Church Records

Galveston Co. TX Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Galveston Co. TX General and History Websites

Galveston Co. TX Immigration & Naturalization

Galveston Co. TX Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Galveston Co. TX Military Records

Galveston Co. TX Schools & Directories

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