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Refugio County, Texas
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Refugio County, Texas Facts

Refugio County

When was Refugio County, TX Created?
Allen County was created on March 17, 1836 as one of the original 23 counties (originally created in July 1, 1834 , established as a municipality by Mexico). This county was named for its county seat, which was named for the Spanish mission Nuestra Señora del Refugio, "Our Lady of Refuge" .

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

What counties are adjacent to Refugio County, TX?
Bordering Counties are Victoria County (north), Calhoun County (northeast), Aransas County (southeast), San Patricio County (south), Bee County (west), Goliad County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Refugio County, TX?
Cities and towns located in the County include Austwell, Bayside, Refugio, Woodsboro.

Refugio County, TX Vital Records

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

Refugio County, TX Census Records

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

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

Refugio County, TX Courthouse and Government Records

Refugio County Courthouse

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

  • Refugio County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Box 704, Refugio 78377
  • Refugio 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) 526-2233 Ext. 306
    • Birth & Death Records: 1903
    • Marriage Records: 1851
    • Land Records: 1839
    • Probate Records: 1840 
    • Court Records: 1841
  • Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910
  • Texas Land Title Abstracts
  • BLM Land Records

Refugio County, TX Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Refugio Co. TX Books,Newspapers & Publications

Refugio Co. TX Cemeteries & Church Records

Refugio Co. TX Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Refugio Co. TX General and History Websites

Refugio Co. TX Immigration & Naturalization

Refugio Co. TX Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Refugio Co. TX Military Records

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