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Hays County, Texas Facts

Hays County

When was Hays County, TX Created?
Allen County was created on March 1, 1848 from Travis County. This county was named for John Coffee Hays (1817–1883), a leading Texas Ranger and Mexican-American War officer .

What is the County Seat of Hays County, TX?
The County Seat is located in San Marcos also, the county government website is www.co.hays.tx.us/.

What counties are adjacent to Hays County, TX?
Bordering Counties are Travis County (northeast), Caldwell County (southeast), Guadalupe County (south), Comal County (southwest), Blanco County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Hays County, TX?
Cities and towns located in the County include Austin , Bear Creek, Buda, Dripping Springs, Hays, Kyle, Mountain City, San Marcos, Wimberley, Woodcreek.


Hays County, TX Vital Records

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


Hays County, TX Census Records

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

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


Hays County, TX Courthouse and Government Records


Hays County Courthouse

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

  • Hays County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 137 N. Guadalupe Street, San Marcos 78666
  • Hays 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: (512) 393-7330
    • Birth & Death Records: 1903
    • Marriage Records: 1848
    • Land Records: 1848
    • Probate Records: 1839 
    • Court Records: 1850
  • Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910
  • Texas Land Title Abstracts
  • BLM Land Records

Hays County, TX Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Hays Co. TX Books,Newspapers & Publications

Hays Co. TX Cemeteries & Church Records

Hays Co. TX Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Hays Co. TX General and History Websites

Hays Co. TX Immigration & Naturalization

Hays Co. TX Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Hays Co. TX Military Records

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