Cameron County, Texas Genealogy

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Cameron County, Texas
Map of Texas highlighting Cameron County
Location in the state of Texas, United States Genealogy
Map of the U.S. highlighting Texas
Location of Texas in the U.S.
Founded February 12, 1848
County Seat Brownsville
Address Cameron County Courthouse
PO Box 2178
Brownsville, Texas 78522-2178
Phone: 956.544.0817
Cameron County Website
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Captain Ewen Cameron, a soldier during the Texas Revolution and in the ill-fated Mier Expedition. The County is located in the south-central area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County Clerk has birth, death and military records from
1848, marriage records from 1800, land records from 1845,
probate records from 1850 and court records from 1964[2]

County Clerk

P.O. Box 2178
964 E. Harrison St.
Brownsville 78520
Phone: 956-544-0815

District Clerk

974 East Harrison St.
Brownsville 78520
Phone: 956-544-0848

Cameron County Website

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1848 1800 1848 1964 1845 1850 1829
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903. General compliance by the 1930s.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

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:[4]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
  • Olmito
  • Ghost towns
    • [Santa Rita Santa Rita]

    Resources[edit | edit source]

    Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

    Hidalgo  • Willacy

    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
    Cameron County WorldCat Tombstone Project
    BillionGraves (name) Cemeteries of TX
    GenWeb Archives Texas Cemeteries
    BillionGraves Linkpendium
    TXGenWeb Interment
    FamilySearch Places
    See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

    Additional Cemetery Sources

    Census[edit | edit source]

    Historical populations
    Census Pop.
    Source: "".

    Church[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.

    List of Churches and Church Parishes

    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.

    Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

    Local Histories[edit | edit source]

    Local histories are available for Cameron 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]

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    Click a neighboring county
    for more resources

    Military[edit | edit source]

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

    Online Records

    Civil War Battle[edit | edit source]

    The following Civil War battle was fought in Cameron County:

    • May 12-13, 1865 - Palmito Ranch, also known as Palmito Hill[5]
    • Map showing Civil War battles in Texas.
    World War I[edit | edit source]

    Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

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

    Obituaries[edit | edit source]

    Probate[edit | edit source]

    Probate records of Texas, United States Genealogy 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 Indexes and Records

    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.

    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.

    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]

    Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

    Caprock Public Library
    104 N 1st St
    Quitaque, TX 79255
    Phone: (806) 455-1225

    Links to Texas Genealogical and Historical Societies

    Cameron County Genealogy Trails

    Family History Centers
    [edit | edit source]

    Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

    • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
    • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

    Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

    Websites[edit | edit source]

    • Cameron 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. Wikipedia contributors, "Cameron County, Texas," in,_Texas. accessed 07/30/2019
    2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cameron County, Texas. Page 660 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
    3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cameron 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. Wikipedia contributors, "Cameron County, Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Texas, accessed 26 March 2019.
    5. Heritage Preservation Services, *Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 9 August, 2012)

    Cameron County; PO Box 2178; Brownsville, TX 78522-2178; Ph. 956.544.0817 Details: (Co Clk has b, d & mil rec from 1848, m rec from 1800, land rec from 1845, pro rec from 1850 & ct rec from 1964)