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Karnes County, Texas
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Karnes County, Texas Facts

Karnes County

When was Karnes County, TX Created?
Allen County was created on February 4, 1854 from Bexar County, Dewitt County, Goliad County and San Patrico County. This county was named for Henry Karnes (1812–1840), a soldier in the Texas Revolution .

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

What counties are adjacent to Karnes County, TX?
Bordering Counties are Gonzales County (northeast), DeWitt County (east), Goliad County (southeast), Bee County (south), Live Oak County (southwest), Atascosa County (west), Wilson County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Karnes County, TX?
Cities and towns located in the County include Falls City, Karnes City, Kenedy, Runge.

Karnes County, TX Vital Records

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

Karnes County, TX Census Records

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

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

Karnes County, TX Courthouse and Government Records

Karnes County Courthouse

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

  • Karnes County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 101 N. Panna Maria Ave., Karnes City 78118
  • Karnes 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: (830) 780-3938
    • Birth & Death Records: 1903
    • Marriage Records: 1865
    • Land Records: 1855
    • Probate Records: 1865 
    • Court Records: 1854
  • Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910
  • Texas Land Title Abstracts
  • BLM Land Records

Karnes County, TX Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Karnes Co. TX Books,Newspapers & Publications

Karnes Co. TX Cemeteries & Church Records

Karnes Co. TX Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Karnes Co. TX General and History Websites

Karnes Co. TX Immigration & Naturalization

Karnes Co. TX Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Karnes Co. TX Military Records

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