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Zapata County, Texas
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Zapata County, Texas Facts

Zapata County

When was Zapata County, TX Created?
Allen 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.

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

What counties are adjacent to Zapata County, TX?
Bordering Counties are Webb County (north), Jim Hogg County (east), Starr County (southeast).

What cities and towns are in Zapata County, TX?
Cities and towns located in the County include None.

Zapata County, TX Vital Records

Where can find Zapata County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
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, TX Census Records

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

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.

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.

Zapata County, TX Courthouse and Government Records

Zapata County Courthouse

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

  • 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
  • Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910
  • Texas Land Title Abstracts
  • BLM Land Records

Zapata County, TX Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Zapata Co. TX Books,Newspapers & Publications

Zapata Co. TX Cemeteries & Church 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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