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Goliad County, Texas

Goliad County

Goliad County was created on March 17, 1836 as one of the original 23 counties (originally named La Bahia Del Espiritu Santo and established  on August 1820 as a Old Mexican Municipality, renamed Goliad on Febuary 4, 1829). This county was named for its county seat, named in turn as an anagram of Miguel Hidalgo, the inspirational figure behind the Mexican War of Independence.

The Goliad County Seat is located in Goliad also, the county government website is

Areas bordering to Goliad County are DeWitt County (north), Victoria County (northeast), Refugio County (southeast), Bee County (southwest), Karnes County (northwest).

Cities and towns located in Goliad County include Goliad.

Goliad 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 Goliad 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.

Goliad 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.

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

Goliad County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Goliad County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically overlook the great importance of Goliad 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 Goliad 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 Goliad County. The dates pointed out listed below tend to be the first recognized records with this county. Courthouse and almost all county records were destroyed by fire in June 1870.

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.
  • Goliad County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Box 50, Goliad 77963
  • Goliad 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: (361) 645-3294
    • Birth & Death Records: 1903
    • Marriage Records: 1876
    • Land Records: 1852
    • Probate Records: 1871
    • Court Records: 1855
  • Goliad County Tax Assessor-Collector Office is responsible for the the assessment of taxes on each property in the county and collection of that tax

Goliad County Links

The following are links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources relating to Goliad 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 Goliad County genealogy or family history associated sites.

Goliad Co. TX Books,Newspapers & Publications

Goliad Co. TX Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Goliad Co. TX Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Goliad Co. TX Census Records

Goliad Co. TX Cemeteries & Graveyards

Goliad Co. TX Church & Bible Records

Goliad Co. TX Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Goliad Co. TX General and History Websites

Goliad Co. TX Immigration & Naturalization

Goliad Co. TX Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Goliad Co. TX Military Records

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