Harris County, Texas

Harris County

Harris 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.

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

Areas bordering to Harris County are Montgomery County (north), Liberty County (northeast), Chambers County (east), Galveston County (southeast), Brazoria County (south), Fort Bend County (southwest), Waller County (northwest).

Cities and towns located in Harris 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 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 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.

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.

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

Harris County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Harris County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically overlook the great importance of Harris 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 Harris 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 Harris County. The dates pointed out listed below tend to be the first recognized records with this county.

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.
  • 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
  • Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Office is responsible for the the assessment of taxes on each property in the county and collection of that tax

Harris County Links

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

Harris Co. TX Books,Newspapers & Publications

Harris Co. TX Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Harris Co. TX Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Harris Co. TX Census Records

Harris Co. TX Cemeteries & Graveyards

Harris Co. TX Church & Bible 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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