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Guide to Refugio County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Refugio County, Texas
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Founded 17 March, 1836
County Seat Refugio
Courthouse
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Address Refugio County Courthouse
808 Commerce Street
Refugio, TX 78377-0704
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the original municipality of Refugio.[1] The County is located in the southeast area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Refugio County Courthouse
808 Commerce Street
Refugio, TX 78377-0704
Phone: 361.526.2727 

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage records from 1851, probate records from 1840,
court records from 1881 and land records from 1835[3]

County Clerk

P.O. Box 704
Refugio 78377
Phone: 361-526-2233


County and District Clerk

P.O. Box 736
Refugio 78377
Phone: 361-526-5942

Refugio County, Texas Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1903 1851 1903 1881 1835 1840 1829
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903.
General compliance by the 1930s.


History[edit | edit source]

1836--The battle of Refugio occurred in 1836, just prior to the Goliad Massacre.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1836--Refugio County was created 17 March 1836 from an Old Mexican Municipality.

  • County seat: Refugio [5]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

See an interactive map of Refugio County border changes.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1879--Many records were destroyed in a courthouse fire in January 1879.

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Cities
Towns
Census-designated places
Ghost towns


Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Aransas  • Bee  • Calhoun  • Goliad  • San Patricio  • Victoria

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
FindAGrave Family History Library FindAGrave
Linkpendium WorldCat Tombstone Project
BillionGraves (name) Cemeteries of TX
GenWeb Archives Texas Cemeteries
BillionGraves Names in Stone
TXGenWeb Epodunk
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Church[edit | edit source]

Court[edit | edit source]

Land[edit | edit source]

After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions, including deeds and mortgages, have been recorded by the county. You can obtain copies of these land records by writing to the county clerk at the county courthouse. For more information, see Texas Land and Property.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists microfilm copies of deeds, trust deeds, and mortgages of many counties.


Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Refugio County, Texas Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Texas Local Histories.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Goliad CountyVictoria CountyCalhoun CountyAransas CountySan Patricio CountyBee CountyTX REFUGIO.PNG
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for more resources


Military[edit | edit source]

Mexican-American War[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]
World War I[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Refugio County, Texas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

TX Newspaper Abstracts (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).

Probate[edit | edit source]

Probate records of Texas have been kept by the probate clerk in each county courthouse. You can obtain copies of the records from the clerk's office. In most counties, all information pertaining to a probate case is recorded in the "probate minutes."

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their places of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records.

See the Wiki page Texas Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Online Probate Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Birth[edit | edit source]
Marriage[edit | edit source]
Death[edit | edit source]
Divorce[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Refugio County Historical Society
Refugio County Museum
102 West St.
Refugio, TX 78377
Telephone Number:361-526-5555
Website

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • Refugio County TXGenWeb
  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.
  • FamilySearch Catalog — The catalog is genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) This catalog is different than the indexed Historical Records.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Genealogytrails contributors, "Refugio, Texas" in "http://genealogytrails.com/tex/gulfcoast/refugio/. accessed 11/25/2019
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Refugio, Texas" in "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refugio_County,_Texas. accessed 11/25/2019
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Refugio County, Texas. Page 672 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Refugio County, Texas . Page 658-677 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 655-665.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Refugio County, Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refugio_County,_Texas, Last accessed 19 August 2019.

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