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Hidalgo County, Texas Facts

Hidalgo County

When was Hidalgo County, TX Created?
Allen County was created on January 24, 1852 from Cameron County. This county was named for Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla (1753–1811), the priest who raised the call for Mexico's independence from Spain .

What is the County Seat of Hidalgo County, TX?
The County Seat is located in Edinburg also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Hidalgo County, TX?
Bordering Counties are Brooks County (north), Kenedy County (northeast), Willacy County (east), Cameron County (east), Starr County (west), Tamaulipas, Mexico (south).

What cities and towns are in Hidalgo County, TX?
Cities and towns located in the County include Alamo, Alton, Donna, Edcouch, Edinburg, Elsa, Granjeno, Hidalgo, La Joya, La Villa, McAllen, Mercedes, Mission, Palmhurst, Palmview, Penitas, Pharr, Progreso, Progreso Lakes, San Juan, Sullivan City, Weslaco.

Hidalgo County, TX Vital Records

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

Hidalgo County, TX Census Records

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

Hidalgo Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Hidalgo Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Hidalgo Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. The Slave Schedules exist for 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.

Hidalgo County, TX Courthouse and Government Records

Hidalgo County Courthouse

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

  • Hidalgo County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Box 58, Edinburg 78540
  • Hidalgo 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: (956) 318-2100
    • Birth & Death Records: 1903
    • Marriage Records: 1852
    • Land Records: 1848
    • Probate Records: 1852 
    • Court Records: 1852
  • Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910
  • Texas Land Title Abstracts
  • BLM Land Records

Hidalgo County, TX Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Hidalgo Co. TX Books,Newspapers & Publications

Hidalgo Co. TX Cemeteries & Church Records

Hidalgo Co. TX Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Hidalgo Co. TX General and History Websites

Hidalgo Co. TX Immigration & Naturalization

Hidalgo Co. TX Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Hidalgo Co. TX Military Records

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