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Zapata County, Texas

Zapata County

Zapata County was created on January 22, 1858 from Starr County and Webb County. This county was named for Antonio Zapata, a local rancher and colonel of the short-lived Republic of the Rio Grande.

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

Areas bordering to Zapata County are Webb County (north), Jim Hogg County (east), Starr County (southeast).

Cities and towns located in Zapata County include None.

Zapata 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 Zapata 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.

Zapata County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Zapata County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Zapata County Courthouse and Government Records

Researchers typically overlook the great importance of Zapata 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 Zapata 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 Zapata County. The dates pointed out listed below tend to be the first recognized records with this county. Most, if not all, county records were destroyed during military action in 1863.

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.
  • Zapata County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here, unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: P.O. Box 789, Zapata 78076
  • Zapata 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) 765-9915
    • Birth & Death Records: 1903
    • Marriage Records: 1868
    • Land Records: 1868
    • Probate Records: 1868
    • Court Records: 1874
  • Zapata County Tax Assessor-Collector Office is responsible for the the assessment of taxes on each property in the county and collection of that tax

Zapata County Links

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

Zapata Co. TX Books,Newspapers & Publications

Zapata Co. TX Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Zapata Co. TX Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Zapata Co. TX Census Records

Zapata Co. TX Cemeteries & Graveyards

Zapata Co. TX Church & Bible Records

Zapata Co. TX Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Zapata Co. TX General and History Websites

Zapata Co. TX Immigration & Naturalization

Zapata Co. TX Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Zapata Co. TX Military Records

Zapata Co. TX Schools & Directories

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