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Jackson County, Texas

Jackson County

Jackson County was created on March 17, 1836 as one of the original 23 counties (established as a municipality by the Provisional Government of Texas on December 5, 1835 from Matagorda County). This county was named for Andrew Jackson, hero of the Battle of New Orleans and the seventh president of the United States (1829–1837) .

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

Areas bordering to Jackson County are Colorado County (north), Wharton County (northeast), Matagorda County (southeast), Calhoun County (south), Victoria County (southwest), Lavaca County (northwest).

Cities and towns located in Jackson County include Edna, Ganado, La Ward.

Jackson 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 Jackson 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.

Jackson 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.

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

Jackson County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Jackson County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically overlook the great importance of Jackson 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 Jackson 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 Jackson County. The dates pointed out listed below tend to be the first recognized records with this county. Jackson County Courthouse destroyed by fire on June 15, 1900.  Records of the County Judge, Assessor and Justice of the Peace were lost. The Jackson County Progress Newspaper plant and offices (along with part of the Edna business district) were destroyed by fire, 12 November 1906.

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.
  • Jackson County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 115 W. Main, Rm. 101, Edna 77957
  • Jackson 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) 782-3563
    • Birth & Death Records: 1903
    • Marriage Records: 1837
    • Land Records: 1836
    • Probate Records: 1837
    • Court Records: 1838
  • Jackson County Tax Assessor-Collector Office is responsible for the the assessment of taxes on each property in the county and collection of that tax

Jackson County Links

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

Jackson Co. TX Books,Newspapers & Publications

Jackson Co. TX Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Jackson Co. TX Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Jackson Co. TX Census Records

Jackson Co. TX Cemeteries & Graveyards

Jackson Co. TX Church & Bible Records

Jackson Co. TX Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Jackson Co. TX General and History Websites

Jackson Co. TX Immigration & Naturalization

Jackson Co. TX Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Jackson Co. TX Military Records

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