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| building address = Matagorda County Courthouse<br>1700 7th Street<br>Bay City, TX 77414}}
 
| building address = Matagorda County Courthouse<br>1700 7th Street<br>Bay City, TX 77414}}
  
== County Information ==
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==County Information==
  
==== Description ====   
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====Description====   
  
The county was named for the canebrakes that once grew along the coast (Matagorda is a Spanish word meaning "thick bush"). The County is located in the southeast area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Matagorda, Texas" in "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matagorda_County,_Texas.'' accessed 11/21/2019</ref>  
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The county was named for the canebrakes that once grew along the coast (Matagorda is a Spanish word meaning "thick bush"). The County is located in the southeast area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Matagorda, Texas" in "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matagorda_County,_Texas<nowiki/>.'' accessed 11/21/2019''</ref>  
  
==== County Courthouse ====
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====County Courthouse====
  
 
[http://www.co.matagorda.tx.us/ Matagorda County Courthouse]<br> 1700 7th Street<br> Bay City, TX 77414<br> Phone: 979.244.7680 <br>
 
[http://www.co.matagorda.tx.us/ Matagorda County Courthouse]<br> 1700 7th Street<br> Bay City, TX 77414<br> Phone: 979.244.7680 <br>
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Matagorda County, Texas . Page 658-677 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=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.</ref></center>
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| colspan="7" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |<center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Matagorda County, Texas . Page 658-677 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=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.</ref></center>
 
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Matagorda County, Texas Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Matagorda County, Texas Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Matagorda County, Texas Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Matagorda County, Texas Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Matagorda County, Texas Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Matagorda County, Texas Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Matagorda County, Texas Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Matagorda County, Texas Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Matagorda County, Texas Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Matagorda County, Texas Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Matagorda County, Texas Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Matagorda County, Texas Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Matagorda County, Texas Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" |'''[[Matagorda County, Texas Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
 
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1903
 
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1829
 
| width="14.2%" align="center" |1829
 
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| colspan="7"| <center>Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903. <br>General compliance by the 1930s.</center>
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| colspan="7" |<center>Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903. <br>General compliance by the 1930s.</center>
 
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== History ==
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==History==
  
 
Part of Stephen F. Austin's Colony.  
 
Part of Stephen F. Austin's Colony.  
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*[http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/MM/hcm5.html The Handbook of Texas Online - Matagorda County]
 
*[http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/MM/hcm5.html The Handbook of Texas Online - Matagorda County]
  
==== Parent County ====
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====Parent County====
  
 
'''1836--'''Matagorda County was created 17 March 1836 from an Old Mexican Municipality.<br>  
 
'''1836--'''Matagorda County was created 17 March 1836 from an Old Mexican Municipality.<br>  
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*'''County seat:''' Bay City <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
 
*'''County seat:''' Bay City <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
==== Boundary Changes ====
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====Boundary Changes====
  
 
See an interactive map of Matagorda County [http://www.genealogyinc.com/texas/maps/ border changes].  
 
See an interactive map of Matagorda County [http://www.genealogyinc.com/texas/maps/ border changes].  
  
==== Record Loss ====
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====Record Loss====
 
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county. <br>
 
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county. <br>
  
==== [http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/kids_county.htm Matagorda County For Kids] ====
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====[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/kids_county.htm Matagorda County For Kids]====
  
== Places / Localities ==
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==Places / Localities==
  
 
'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''  
 
'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''  
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Matagorda, Bay City|place|disp=Bay City}}  
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Matagorda, Bay City|place|disp=Bay City}}
*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Matagorda, Blessing|place|disp=Blessing}}  
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Matagorda, Blessing|place|disp=Blessing}}
*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Matagorda, Buckeye|place|disp=Buckeye}}  
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Matagorda, Buckeye|place|disp=Buckeye}}
*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Matagorda, Cedar Lane|place|disp=Cedar Lane}}  
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Matagorda, Cedar Lane|place|disp=Cedar Lane}}
*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Matagorda, Matagorda|place|disp=Matagorda}}  
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Matagorda, Matagorda|place|disp=Matagorda}}
*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Matagorda, Midfield|place|disp=Midfield}}  
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Matagorda, Midfield|place|disp=Midfield}}
 
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Matagorda, Olivia|place|disp=Olivia}}  
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Matagorda, Olivia|place|disp=Olivia}}
*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Matagorda, Palacios|place|disp=Palacios}}  
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Matagorda, Palacios|place|disp=Palacios}}
*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Matagorda, Sargent|place|disp=Sargent}}  
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Matagorda, Sargent|place|disp=Sargent}}
*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Matagorda, Van Vleck|place|disp=Van Vleck}}  
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Matagorda, Van Vleck|place|disp=Van Vleck}}
 
*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Matagorda, Wadsworth|place|disp=Wadsworth}}
 
*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Matagorda, Wadsworth|place|disp=Wadsworth}}
 
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==== Populated Places ====
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====Populated Places====
  
 
*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/towns.htm Towns and Communities]==== Populated Places ====
 
*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/towns.htm Towns and Communities]==== Populated Places ====
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==== Neighboring Counties ====
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====Neighboring Counties====
  
 
[[Brazoria County, Texas Genealogy|Brazoria]] {{•}} [[Calhoun County, Texas Genealogy|Calhoun]] {{•}} [[Jackson County, Texas Genealogy|Jackson]] {{•}} [[Wharton County, Texas Genealogy|Wharton]]
 
[[Brazoria County, Texas Genealogy|Brazoria]] {{•}} [[Calhoun County, Texas Genealogy|Calhoun]] {{•}} [[Jackson County, Texas Genealogy|Jackson]] {{•}} [[Wharton County, Texas Genealogy|Wharton]]
  
== Resources ==
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==Resources==
  
==== African-American Information ====
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====African-American Information====
  
*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/aa.htm Matagorda County]  
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/aa.htm Matagorda County]
 
*[http://www.texasslaveryproject.org/ Texas Slavery Project]
 
*[http://www.texasslaveryproject.org/ Texas Slavery Project]
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*[https://txdst.la.utexas.edu/ Texas Domestic Slave Trade Project]
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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====Cemeteries====
  
 
Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.  
 
Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.  
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''  
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" |'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" |'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" |'''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/memorial FindAGrave]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[https://www.findagrave.com/memorial FindAGrave]
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|489076|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |{{FHL|489076|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Texas/Matagorda-County?id=county_2680 FindAGrave]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Texas/Matagorda-County?id=county_2680 FindAGrave]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/matagorda-tx-genealogy/ Linkpendium]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[http://www.linkpendium.com/matagorda-tx-genealogy/ Linkpendium]
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Texas+Matagorda+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Texas+Matagorda+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/matagorda.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/matagorda.html Tombstone Project]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search# BillionGraves (name)]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[https://billiongraves.com/search# BillionGraves (name)]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Etx/Matagorda/ListMatagorda.html Cemeteries of TX]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Etx/Matagorda/ListMatagorda.html Cemeteries of TX]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/matagorda/matagtoc.htm GenWeb Archives]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/matagorda/matagtoc.htm GenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texascemeteries.org/matagorda/matagorda-county-cemeteries Texas Cemeteries]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[http://texascemeteries.org/matagorda/matagorda-county-cemeteries Texas Cemeteries]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery BillionGraves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery BillionGraves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=158 TX Gravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[http://texasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=158 TX Gravestones]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgenwebsites.org/TXMatagorda/cemeteries.htm TXGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[http://www.usgenwebsites.org/TXMatagorda/cemeteries.htm TXGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3"|See [[Texas Cemeteries|Texas Cemeteries]] for more information.  
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| colspan="3" bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |See [[Texas Cemeteries|Texas Cemeteries]] for more information.
 
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==== Census ====
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====Census====
  
*'''1850''' [http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/matagorda/census/1850/1850indx.txt 1850 Index]  
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*'''1850''' [http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/matagorda/census/1850/1850indx.txt 1850 Index]
*'''1870''' [http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/aa_1870.htm 1870 African-American Families]  
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*'''1870''' [http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/aa_1870.htm 1870 African-American Families]
*'''1870''' [http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/palacios_point_1870.htm 1870 Palacios Point]  
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*'''1870''' [http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/palacios_point_1870.htm 1870 Palacios Point]
*'''1880''' [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/frameset_search.asp?PAGE=census/search_census.asp 1880 Search at FamilySearch]  
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*'''1880''' [http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/frameset_search.asp?PAGE=census/search_census.asp 1880 Search at FamilySearch]
 
*'''1910''' [http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/cp_1910_census_part1.htm 1910 Collegeport Community]
 
*'''1910''' [http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/cp_1910_census_part1.htm 1910 Collegeport Community]
  
==== Churches ====
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====Churches====
  
 
{{TX Church Intro}}  
 
{{TX Church Intro}}  
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/churches.htm Matagorda County Churches]
 
*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/churches.htm Matagorda County Churches]
  
==== Court ====
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====Court====
  
*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/brands.htm Brands and Marks]  
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/brands.htm Brands and Marks]
*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/court_probate.htm Early Probate Records]  
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/court_probate.htm Early Probate Records]
*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/naturalizations_index.htm Naturalizations]  
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/naturalizations_index.htm Naturalizations]
 
*[http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/local/matagorda.html Records on Microfilm]
 
*[http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/local/matagorda.html Records on Microfilm]
  
==== Historical Markers ====
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====Historical Markers====
  
*[http://www.matagordatourism.com/historicalmarkers/matahismarks.htm Matagorda Tourism]  
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*[http://www.matagordatourism.com/historicalmarkers/matahismarks.htm Matagorda Tourism]
 
*[http://www.texas-settlement.org/markers/matagorda/ Texas Settlement Region]
 
*[http://www.texas-settlement.org/markers/matagorda/ Texas Settlement Region]
  
==== Land ====
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====Land====
  
 
{{TX Land}}  
 
{{TX Land}}  
  
==== Local Histories ====
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====Local Histories====
  
 
{{TX County Histories}}  
 
{{TX County Histories}}  
  
*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/history_makers.htm History Maker Biographies]  
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/history_makers.htm History Maker Biographies]
 
*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/family_hist.htm Family Histories]
 
*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/family_hist.htm Family Histories]
  
==== Maps ====
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====Maps====
  
 
{{TX Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{TX Matagorda County}}}}  
 
{{TX Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{TX Matagorda County}}}}  
  
*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site  
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*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site
 
*[http://atlas.thc.state.tx.us/shell-county.htm Texas Historical Commission Atlas]
 
*[http://atlas.thc.state.tx.us/shell-county.htm Texas Historical Commission Atlas]
  
==== Military ====
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====Military====
  
 
*'''1838 - 1900''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2059 Texas Muster Roll Index Cards] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
 
*'''1838 - 1900''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2059 Texas Muster Roll Index Cards] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/military.htm General Military Links]  
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/military.htm General Military Links]
 
*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/casualties.htm War Casualties]
 
*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/casualties.htm War Casualties]
*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/gsm.htm Gold Star Mothers]  
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/gsm.htm Gold Star Mothers]
  
 
=====Texas Revolution=====
 
=====Texas Revolution=====
  
*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/txrevolution.htm Republic of Texas]  
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/txrevolution.htm Republic of Texas]
  
 
=====Mexican-American War=====
 
=====Mexican-American War=====
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932381|Texas, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
 
*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932381|Texas, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932425|Texas, Civil War Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index  
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932425|Texas, Civil War Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
*[http://history-sites.com/~kjones/ Texas in the Civil War]  
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*[http://history-sites.com/~kjones/ Texas in the Civil War]
 
*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/confederate.htm Confederate Military Information]
 
*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/confederate.htm Confederate Military Information]
  
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*'''1917 - 1920''' - {{RecordSearch|2202707|Texas, World War I Records, 1917-1920}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1917 - 1920''' - {{RecordSearch|2202707|Texas, World War I Records, 1917-1920}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
==== Newspapers ====
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====Newspapers====
  
 
{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Matagorda}}  
 
{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Matagorda}}  
  
*[http://baycitytribune.com/ Bay City Tribune]  
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*[http://baycitytribune.com/ Bay City Tribune]
*[http://www.matagordaadvocate.com/ Matagorda County Advocate]  
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*[http://www.matagordaadvocate.com/ Matagorda County Advocate]
*[http://www.palaciosbeacon.com/home/index.shtml Palacios Beacon]  
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*[http://www.palaciosbeacon.com/home/index.shtml Palacios Beacon]
*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/newspapers_mcm.htm Newspapers Available at Matagorda County Museum]  
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/newspapers_mcm.htm Newspapers Available at Matagorda County Museum]
 
*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/celebrations_1912-1914.htm Celebrations] - Articles about events
 
*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/celebrations_1912-1914.htm Celebrations] - Articles about events
  
==== Obituaries ====
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====Obituaries====
  
 
For current obituaries see newspaper sites above  
 
For current obituaries see newspaper sites above  
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/obituaries.htm Obituaries]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Matagorda TXGenWeb
 
*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/obituaries.htm Obituaries]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Matagorda TXGenWeb
  
==== Photographs ====
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====Photographs====
  
 
*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/photos.htm Matagorda County Photographs] - Matagorda TXGenWeb
 
*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/photos.htm Matagorda County Photographs] - Matagorda TXGenWeb
  
==== Probate ====
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====Probate====
  
 
{{TX Probate Intro}}  
 
{{TX Probate Intro}}  
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*'''1800 – 2000''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2115 Texas Wills and Probate Records 1800-2000] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
 
*'''1800 – 2000''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2115 Texas Wills and Probate Records 1800-2000] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
  
==== Schools ====
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====Schools====
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*'''1923-1946''' {{RecordSearch|1390096|Texas Matagorda County School Census Records 1923-1946}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1923-1946''' {{RecordSearch|1390096|Texas Matagorda County School Census Records 1923-1946}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — index and images
*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/school_history.htm Matagorda Schools] - Matagorda TXGenWeb  
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/school_history.htm Matagorda Schools] - Matagorda TXGenWeb
 
*[[Texas, Matagorda County, School Census Records (FamilySearch Historical Collection)|Texas, Matagorda County, School Census Records - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
 
*[[Texas, Matagorda County, School Census Records (FamilySearch Historical Collection)|Texas, Matagorda County, School Census Records - FamilySearch Historical Records]]
  
==== Taxation ====
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====Taxation====
  
 
{{TX Tax Intro}}  
 
{{TX Tax Intro}}  
  
==== Vital Records ====
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====Vital Records====
  
 
{{TX Vital Intro}}  
 
{{TX Vital Intro}}  
  
===== Birth =====
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=====Birth=====
  
 
''Online Birth Indexes and Records''  
 
''Online Birth Indexes and Records''  
  
 
*'''1840 - 1981''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1681015 Texas, Births and Christenings, 1840-1981] - FamilySearch
 
*'''1840 - 1981''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1681015 Texas, Births and Christenings, 1840-1981] - FamilySearch
*'''1903 - 1935''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803956 Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903 -1935] (images and index) - FamilySearch  
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*'''1903 - 1935''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803956 Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903 -1935] (images and index) - FamilySearch
 
*'''1903 - 1997''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949342 Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997] (index) - FamilySearch
 
*'''1903 - 1997''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949342 Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997] (index) - FamilySearch
  
===== Marriage =====
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=====Marriage=====
  
 
''Online Marriage Indexes and Records''  
 
''Online Marriage Indexes and Records''  
  
 
*'''1802 - 2010''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=texas%2ctx Texas, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
 
*'''1802 - 2010''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=texas%2ctx Texas, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
*'''1814 - 1909''' and '''1966 - 2011'''  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8795 Texas Marriage Collection 1814-1909 and 1966-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $  
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*'''1814 - 1909''' and '''1966 - 2011'''  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8795 Texas Marriage Collection 1814-1909 and 1966-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
 
*'''1837 - 1965''' {{RecordSearch|1803985|Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1837 - 1965''' {{RecordSearch|1803985|Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1837 - 1973''' {{RecordSearch|1681052|Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
 
*'''1837 - 1973''' {{RecordSearch|1681052|Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1966 - 2010''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/2031191 Texas, Marriages, 1966-2010] FamilySearch record collection
 
*'''1966 - 2010''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/2031191 Texas, Marriages, 1966-2010] FamilySearch record collection
  
===== Death =====
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=====Death=====
  
 
''Online Death Indexes and Records''  
 
''Online Death Indexes and Records''  
  
*'''1890 - 1976''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1320964Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]]<br>Name index and images of statewide death certificates, 1890-1976.  
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*'''1890 - 1976''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1320964Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]]<br>Name index and images of statewide death certificates, 1890-1976.
*'''1903 - 1973'''  {{RecordSearch|1681049|Texas Deaths and Burials 1903-1973}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index  
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*'''1903 - 1973'''  {{RecordSearch|1681049|Texas Deaths and Burials 1903-1973}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
 
*'''1903 - 1982'''  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2272 Texas Death Certificates 1903-1982] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
 
*'''1903 - 1982'''  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2272 Texas Death Certificates 1903-1982] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
*'''1964 - 1998''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [no images]  
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*'''1964 - 1998''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [no images]
 
*'''1977 - 1986'''  {{RecordSearch|1930157|Texas Deaths 1977-1986}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
 
*'''1977 - 1986'''  {{RecordSearch|1930157|Texas Deaths 1977-1986}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
  
===== Divorce =====
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=====Divorce=====
  
*'''1986 - 2005''' [http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records 1968 - 2005] (index) Hidden Ancestors  
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*'''1986 - 2005''' [http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records 1968 - 2005] (index) Hidden Ancestors
*'''1968 - 2010'''  {{RecordSearch|2038378|Texas Divorce Index 1968-2010}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index  
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*'''1968 - 2010'''  {{RecordSearch|2038378|Texas Divorce Index 1968-2010}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
 
*'''1968 - 2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8794 Texas Divorces 1968-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
 
*'''1968 - 2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8794 Texas Divorces 1968-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
  
==== Voting ====
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====Voting====
  
*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/1867_voters.htm 1867 Voters' Registration]  
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/1867_voters.htm 1867 Voters' Registration]
 
*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/suffrage.htm Women's Suffrage and 1918 Registration]
 
*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/suffrage.htm Women's Suffrage and 1918 Registration]
  
== Societies, Libraries and Museums ==
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==Societies, Libraries and Museums==
  
 
'''Matagorda County Genealogical Society'''<br>1100 Seventh Street<br>Bay City, TX 77414-4915<br>E-mail:[mailto:mcgs@yahoo.com carolsgibbs@yahoo.com]<br>
 
'''Matagorda County Genealogical Society'''<br>1100 Seventh Street<br>Bay City, TX 77414-4915<br>E-mail:[mailto:mcgs@yahoo.com carolsgibbs@yahoo.com]<br>
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==Websites==
  
*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county  
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*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county
*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/ TXGenWeb - Matagorda County]  
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*[http://sites.rootsweb.com/~txmatago/ TXGenWeb - Matagorda County]
*[http://www.thc.state.tx.us/ Texas Historical Commission]  
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*[http://www.thc.state.tx.us/ Texas Historical Commission]
 
*{{FHL|Texas Matagorda|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} — The catalog is genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications)  This catalog is different than the indexed Historical Records.
 
*{{FHL|Texas Matagorda|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} — The catalog is genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications)  This catalog is different than the indexed Historical Records.
  
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Revision as of 19:46, 24 March 2020

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



Matagorda County, Texas
Map
Map of Texas highlighting Matagorda County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Texas
Location of Texas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 17 March, 1836
County Seat Bay City
Courthouse
TexasMatagordaCounty.jpg
Address Matagorda County Courthouse
1700 7th Street
Bay City, TX 77414
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for the canebrakes that once grew along the coast (Matagorda is a Spanish word meaning "thick bush"). The County is located in the southeast area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Matagorda County Courthouse
1700 7th Street
Bay City, TX 77414
Phone: 979.244.7680

Matagorda County Courthouse - 1896

County Clerk has birth records from 1903,
marriage records from 1838, death records
from 1917, land records from 1827, probate
records form late 1800’s, military records from
1919 and court records from 1981[2]

Matagorda County Courthouse -1848
Matagorda County Courthouse - 1928

County Clerk

1700 Seventh St. 202
Bay City 77414
Phone: 979-244-7680
Fax: 979-244-7688

District Clerk

1700 Seven St. Room 307
Bay City 77414
Phone: 979-244-7621

Matagorda County Courthouse - today



County Clerk
1700 7th Street, Room 202
Bay City, TX 77414-5094
(979) 244-7680

District Clerk
1700 7th Street, Room 307
Bay City, TX 77414
(979) 244-7621



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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1903 1838 1903 1981 1827 1827 1829
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903.
General compliance by the 1930s.

History[edit | edit source]

Part of Stephen F. Austin's Colony.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

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

  • County seat: Bay City [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

See an interactive map of Matagorda County border changes.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Matagorda County For Kids[edit | edit source]

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:[5]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns
  • Hawley


Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Brazoria  • Calhoun  • Jackson  • Wharton

Resources[edit | edit source]

African-American Information[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 TX Gravestones
TXGenWeb
Names in Stone
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Churches[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death/burial date and place. For general information about Texas denominations, view the Texas Church Records wiki page.


Court[edit | edit source]

Historical Markers[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 Matagorda 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]

Wharton CountyBrazoria CountyJackson CountyCalhoun CountyTX MATAGORDA.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Military[edit | edit source]

Texas Revolution[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 Matagorda County, Texas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

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

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

For current obituaries see newspaper sites above

Photographs[edit | edit source]

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

Schools[edit | edit source]

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Texas tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Texas Taxation.

1846-1910 Texas County Tax Rolls lists FHL films with county tax lists. The lists vary by county and year. Most records are between the years of 1846 - 1910.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

Certified birth and death certificates or birth and death verifications can be ordered online or by mail at the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health. Copies can also be obtained from the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred and are often less expensive. You can also order them online through a third party company.

Marriages records can be obtained from the county the marriage occurred. Only marriage verifications can be obtained from the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health.

See Texas Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Texas.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Death[edit | edit source]

Online Death Indexes and Records

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Voting[edit | edit source]

Societies, Libraries and Museums[edit | edit source]

Matagorda County Genealogical Society
1100 Seventh Street
Bay City, TX 77414-4915
E-mail:carolsgibbs@yahoo.com
Website- publishes "Oak Leaves" genealogical data about Matagorda County twice a year (Feb. and Aug.)

Matagorda County Historical Records
PO Box 275
Blessing, TX 77419-0275
Website

Bay City Public Library
1100 7th St.
Bay City, TX 77414
Website

Palacios Library
326 Main St.
Palacios, TX 77465
Website

Matagorda County Museum
2100 Avenue F.
Bay City, TX 77414
Website


City By the Sea Museum
401 Commerce Street
Palacios, TX 77465
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]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Matagorda, Texas" in "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matagorda_County,_Texas. accessed 11/21/2019
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Matagorda County, Texas. Page 669 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Matagorda 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.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Matagorda County, Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matagorda_County,_Texas, Last accessed 13 August 2019.