San Augustine County, Texas Genealogy

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San Augustine 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 17 March, 1836
County Seat San Augustine
Address San Augustine County Courthouse
106 Courthouse
San Augustine, TX 75972
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the town of San Augustine, which had been established five years earlier and whose name was based upon an 18th-century Spanish presidio (fortress). The County is located in the east-central area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

San Augustine County Courthouse
106 Courthouse
San Augustine, TX 75972
Phone: 936.275.2452 

County Clerk has birth records from 1905,
death records from 1903, marriage records
from 1837, probate records from 1828
and land records from 1833; District Clerk
has divorce and court records from 1837[2]

County Clerk

223 N. Harrison
San Augustine 75972
Phone: 936-275-2452

District Clerk

101 W. Columbia Room 202
San Augustine 75972
Phone: 936-275-2231

San Augustine County was established 18 years before the construction of the first courthouse. During those early years, the Mansion Hotel and the federal customs house each served the needs of the county. In 1854 the first courthouse was built in the public square. The next courthouse was built in 1890. It was torn down to make room for the current courthouse, built-in 1927. Through a grant from the Texas Historical Commission, the 1927 courthouse was restored and rededicated in November 2010.

San Augustine County Courthouse
County Clerk - Diana Kovar
100 W. Columbia Room 106
San Augustine, TX 75972
San Augustine County Government website

San Augustine County, Texas courthouse records, loose papers, 1831-1906 inventory and index, published in 1984. Digital book on line from the Portal to Texas History.

San Augustine County, Texas Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1905 1837 1903 1837 1833 1828 1829
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903.
General compliance by the 1930s.

History[edit | edit source]

1716-- The mission of Nuestra Senora de los Dolores de los Ais was established in 1716.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1836--San Augustine County was created on 17 March 1836 from an Old Mexican Municipality. San Augustine was one of the 23 original counties established after Texas won independence from Mexico in 1836. County seat: San Augustine [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

See an interactive map of San Augustine County border changes.

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:[5]

Unincorporated communities
  • Macune
  • Norwood
  • Sunrise
  • White City
  • White Rock
Ghost towns

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Angelina  • Jasper  • Nacogdoches  • Sabine  • Shelby

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 FamilySearch Places
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 3,648
1860 4,094 12.2%
1870 4,196 2.5%
1880 5,084 21.2%
1890 6,688 31.5%
1900 8,434 26.1%
1910 11,264 33.6%
1920 13,737 22.0%
1930 12,471 −9.2%
1940 12,471 0.0%
1950 8,837 −29.1%
1960 7,722 −12.6%
1970 7,858 1.8%
1980 8,785 11.8%
1990 7,999 −8.9%
2000 8,946 11.8%
2010 8,865 −0.9%
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.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for San Augustine 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]

Nacogdoches CountyShelby CountySabine CountyJasper CountyAngelina CountyTX SAN AUGUSTINE.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 San Augustine County, Texas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

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

Online Newspapers

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]

San Augustine Public Library
413 E. Columbia St.
San Augustine, Texas 75972
Telephone Number: 936-275-5367

San Augustine Genealogy Resources

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]

  • San Augustine County TXGenWeb site, maps, name indexes, history and other information for this San Augustine 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, "San Augustine, Texas" in ",_Texas. accessed 11/26/2019
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), San Augustine County, Texas. Page 673 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), San Augustine 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, "San Augustine County, Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Texas, Last accessed 22 August 2019.