Galveston County, Texas
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Galveston County

Galveston 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) .

The Galveston County Seat is located in Galveston also, the county government website is www.co.galveston.tx.us/.

Areas bordering to Galveston County are Harris County (north), Chambers County (northeast), Brazoria County (west).

Cities and towns located in Galveston 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 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 consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found 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.

One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Galveston County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Galveston County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Galveston County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically overlook the great importance of Galveston County court, probate, and land documents as a source of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Texas courthouses and archives everywhere are the aspirations and worries of many Texas citizens.

The chances are excellent that your particular forefathers have left a detailed record of at least a number of elements of their lives in the Galveston County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other methods that could have lead to her or him to appear in court records.

The following facts denotes exactly what death, marriage, birth, land, probate, and legal records will be in Galveston County. The dates pointed out listed below tend to be the first recognized records with this county. Galveston County Courthouse was destroyed by the Galveston Hurricane in September 1900, swept the island clean, therefore, it is likely the record was destroyed in the hurricane. Check in nearby counties for any such replications of any records from the Galveston area prior to 1900.

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.

I highly recommend you get in touch with the clerk's office to validate hours, mailing address, fees and other facts prior to visiting or asking for information because of sometimes changing contact info. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The data files are accessible to interested parties, barring confidential issues. A good number of workers will aid persons in obtaining the resources, however it's up to the man or women to do the research.
  • 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
  • Galveston County Tax Assessor-Collector Office is responsible for the the assessment of taxes on each property in the county and collection of that tax

Galveston County Links

The following are links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relating to Galveston County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Business Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some call for a payment. This is basically a collection that has been gathered or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site over another. Feel free to present your own most liked Galveston County genealogy or family history associated sites.

Galveston Co. TX Books,Newspapers & Publications

Galveston Co. TX Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Galveston Co. TX Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Galveston Co. TX Census Records

Galveston Co. TX Cemeteries & Graveyards

Galveston Co. TX Church & Bible 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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