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Harris County, Texas Facts

Harris County

When was Harris County, TX Created?
Allen County was created on March 17, 1836 as one of the original 23 counties (established as a municipality by the Provisional Government of Texas and originally named Harrisburg County until December 28, 1839). This county was named for John Richardson Harris, early settler and founder of Harrisburg, Texas, which eventually became known as Houston.

What is the County Seat of Harris County, TX?
The County Seat is located in Houston also, the county government website is www.harriscountytx.gov/.

What counties are adjacent to Harris County, TX?
Bordering Counties are Montgomery County (north), Liberty County (northeast), Chambers County (east), Galveston County (southeast), Brazoria County (south), Fort Bend County (southwest), Waller County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Harris County, TX?
Cities and towns located in the County include Baytown , Bellaire, Bunker Hill Village, Deer Park, El Lago, Friendswood, Galena Park, Hedwig Village, Hilshire Village, Houston, Humble, Hunters Creek Village, Jacinto City, Jersey Village, Katy, La Porte, League City, Missouri City, Morgan's Point, Nassau Bay, Pasadena, Pearland, Piney Point Village, Seabrook, Shoreacres, South Houston, Southside Place, Spring, Spring Valley Village, Stafford, Taylor Lake Village, Tomball, Waller, Webster, West University Place.


Harris County, TX Vital Records

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


Harris County, TX Census Records

What Harris County, TX census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Harris 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.

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


Harris County, TX Courthouse and Government Records


Harris County Courthouse

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

  • Harris County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Box 1148, Houston 77251-1148
  • Harris 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: (713) 755-6965
    • Birth & Death Records: 1903
    • Marriage Records: 1837
    • Land Records: 1837
    • Probate Records: 1831
    • Court Records: 1837
  • Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910
  • Texas Land Title Abstracts
  • BLM Land Records

Harris County, TX Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Harris Co. TX Books,Newspapers & Publications

Harris Co. TX Cemeteries & Church Records

Harris Co. TX Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Harris Co. TX General and History Websites

Harris Co. TX Immigration & Naturalization

Harris Co. TX Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Harris Co. TX Military Records

Harris Co. TX Schools & Directories

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