Real County, Texas Genealogy

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Real County, Texas
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Location in the state of Texas, United States Genealogy
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Location of Texas in the U.S.
Founded April 3, 1913
County Seat Leakey
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Julius Real (1860–1944), a former member of the Texas State Senate. The County is located in the central area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Real County Courthouse
PO Box 656
Leakey, TX 78873-0656
Phone: 830.232.6888 

County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, divorce,
probate and land records from 1913[2]

County and District Clerk

P.O. Box 750
Leakey 78873
Phone: 830-232-5202

Real County has been home to two courthouses.  A temporary courthouse was erected on the town square in 1913 after Real County was organized.  In 1917 construction began on the current Real County Courthouse.  The Ransom Courthouse Annex was opened in 1978, housing some of the county's government functions. [3]

Real County Courthouse
County Clerk - Bella A. Rubio
P. O. Box 750
Leakey, TX 78873
Fax: 830-232-6888
Real County Government Website

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1913 1913 1913 1913 1913 1913 1829
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903.
General compliance by the 1930s.

History[edit | edit source]

1762--Comanche, Apache and Lipan-Apache settlements preceded the establishment of the Spanish Mission of San Lorenzo de la Santa Cruz in 1762. Anglo-American settlement began in 1857.

Real County is named for Julius Real (1860-1944), a former member of the Texas State Senate.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1913--Real County was created 3 April 1913 from Bandera, Kerr, and Edwards Counties.

  • County seat: Leakey [5]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

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]

Unincorporated communities

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

Neighboring Countes[edit | edit source]

Bandera  • Edwards  • Kerr  • Uvalde

Resources[edit | edit source]

African American[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 FamilySearch Places
Names in Stone
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Sources

  • Leakey Floral Cemetery Booklet available from the Real County Historical Museum. Rio County Cemetery Books - may also still be available from the Real County Historical Museum - Book One: Frio Canyon Cemeteries (within Real County), 1864-1997; Old small cemeteries in Real County; Book Two: Leakey Floral Cemetery; Book Three: Rio Frio Cemetery. 
  • African American Cemeteries Online ~ Partial index/transcriptions of African American cemeteries
  • Texas Escapes Listing of Texas cemeteries with transcriptions and lots of pictures.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
Source: "".

Church[edit | edit source]

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.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Real 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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Military[edit | edit source]

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

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Real 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]

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]

Real County Public Library
225 Main St
Leakey, TX 78873
Telephone Number: 830-232-5199

Camp Wood Public Library
106 Nueces St
Camp Wood, TX 78833
Telephone Number: 830-597-3208

Real County Historical Museum
Located 1/2 block North of the Real County Courthouse on Evergreen Street in Downtown Leakey
PO Box 852
Leakey, TX 78873
Telephone Number: 830-232-5330

Society Hill  ~ 
Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies

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]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Real, Texas" in ",_Texas. accessed 11/25/2019
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Real County, Texas. Page 672 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Real County
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Real 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, "Real County, Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Texas, Last accessed 19 August 2019.