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Matagorda County, Texas Facts

Matagorda County

When was Matagorda County, TX Created?
Allen County was created on March 17, 1836 as one of the original 23 counties (originally created on March 6, 1831 from Brazoria County, established as a municipality by Mexico). This county was named for the canebrakes which once grew along the coast (Matagorda is Spanish for "fat bush") .

What is the County Seat of Matagorda County, TX?
The County Seat is located in Bay City also, the county government website is www.co.matagorda.tx.us/.

What counties are adjacent to Matagorda County, TX?
Bordering Counties are Brazoria County (northeast), Calhoun County (southwest), Jackson County (west), Wharton County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Matagorda County, TX?
Cities and towns located in the County include Bay City, Palacios.


Matagorda County, TX Vital Records

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


Matagorda County, TX Census Records

What Matagorda County, TX census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Matagorda County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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


Matagorda County, TX Courthouse and Government Records


Matagorda County Courthouse

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

  • Matagorda County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 1700 Seventh St. Room 202, Bay City 77414-5094
  • Matagorda 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: (979) 244-7680
    • Birth & Death Records: 1903 for Birth; 1859 for death
    • Marriage Records: 1837
    • Land Records: 1828
    • Probate Records: 1827 
    • Court Records: 1837
  • Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910
  • Texas Land Title Abstracts
  • BLM Land Records

Matagorda County, TX Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Matagorda Co. TX Books,Newspapers & Publications

Matagorda Co. TX Cemeteries & Church Records

Matagorda Co. TX Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Matagorda Co. TX General and History Websites

Matagorda Co. TX Immigration & Naturalization

Matagorda Co. TX Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Matagorda Co. TX Military Records

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