Harris County, Texas Genealogy

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Harris County, Texas
Map of Texas highlighting Harris County
Location in the state of Texas, United States Genealogy
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Location of Texas in the U.S.
Founded 17 March, 1836
County Seat Houston
Address Harris County Courthouse
1001 Preston 4th Floor
Houston, TX 77251-1525
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for John Richardson Harris, who founded the town of Harrisburg on Buffalo Bayou in 1826. The County is located in the east-central area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Harris County Courthouse
1001 Preston 4th Floor
Houston, TX 77251-1525

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage and land records from 1836, probate records
form late 1800’s, court  records from 1920’s and
immirgration records 1880-1890; District Clerk has divorce

County Clerk

P. O. Box 1525
Houston 77251
Phone: 713-755-6438

District Clerk

Physical Address
201 Caroline, Suite 420
Houston, Texas 77002

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 4651
Houston 77210

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1903 1836 1903 1837 1836 1831 1829
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903.
General compliance by the 1930s.

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

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

  • County seat: Houston [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

See an interactive map of Harris County border changes.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

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]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

 ±Water surface only; land in adjacent county

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Brazoria  • Chambers  • Fort Bend  • Galveston  • Liberty  • Montgomery  • Waller

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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 Interment
Names in Stone FamilySearch Places
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Sources

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 4,668
1860 9,070 94.3%
1870 17,375 91.6%
1880 27,985 61.1%
1890 37,249 33.1%
1900 63,786 71.2%
1910 115,693 81.4%
1920 186,667 61.3%
1930 359,328 92.5%
1940 528,961 47.2%
1950 806,701 52.5%
1960 1,243,158 54.1%
1970 1,741,912 40.1%
1980 2,409,547 38.3%
1990 2,818,199 17.0%
2000 3,400,578 20.7%
2010 4,092,459 20.3%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Church[edit | edit source]

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court[edit | edit source]

Education[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 Harris 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]

Waller CountyMontgomery CountyLiberty CountyChambers CountyGalveston CountyBrazoria CountyFort Bend CountyTX HARRIS.PNG
Click a neighboring county
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 Harris 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, 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]

Atascocita-Kingwood Genealogical Society
PO Box 5214
Kingwood, TX 77325

Baytown Historical Preservation Association
PO Box 1244
Baytown TX 77522-1244

Chaparral Genealogical Society
310 North Live Oak
PO Box 606, Tomball
TX. 77377-0606
Telephone Number: 281-516-7417
Library Hours: Mon.- Wed. 10-2 Sat. 10-2
Closed 4th Sat. of every month. Society is closed for an undisclosed period of time.

Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
5300 Caroline
Houston, Texas

Harris County Genealogical Society
PO Box 391
Pasadena 77501

Houston West Family Genealogy Society
PO Box 842661
Houston, TX 77284-2661

Humble Area Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 2723
Humble, TX 77347-2723

Family History Centers
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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Harris County, Texas," in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harris_County,_Texas. accessed 10/01/2019
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Harris County, Texas. Page 665 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Harris 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, "Harris County, Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harris_County,_Texas, accessed 20 May 2019.