Uvalde County, Texas Genealogy

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Uvalde 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 8 February, 1850
County Seat Uvalde
Address Uvalde County Courthouse
PO Box 284
Uvalde, TX 78802
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Juan de Ugalde, the Spanish governor of Coahuila. The County is located in the south-central area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Uvalde County Courthouse
PO Box 284
Uvalde, TX 78802
Phone: 830.278.6614 

County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, probate, Courth, and land records from 1856; District Clerk has divorce records[2]

County Clerk

P.O. Box 284
Uvalde, TX 78802
Phone: 830-278-6614

District Clerk

Courthouse Plaza #15
Ulvalde, TX 78801
Phone: 830-278-3918

Uvalde County has been home to five courthouses.[3] The first courthouse was completed in May 1857, with the first floor of the building housing the courthouse and jail, in rooms with 9' tall ceilings. The second floor, used for county offices had ceilings that were 5' tall at the eves.[4] The 1870 courthouse was a cypress wood frame building. A fourth courthouse was built in 1877. In 1890, an ornate Second Empire style courthouse topped with a clock tower and lightning rods was built. In 1927, the construction began on the current courthouse, shown at right, a brick and concrete structure. The building is a Recorded Texas Landmark. [5]

Uvalde County Courthouse
Ramona Hobbs, County Clerk
Corner of Main (U.S. 90) and Getty
P.O. Box 284
Uvalde, Texas 78802-0284
(830) 278-6614
Uvalde County Government Website

Inventory of the county archives of Texas : Uvalde County, no. 232, 1941. Historical Records Survey. Inventory of records housed in the Uvalde County Courthouse as of 1936-1937. Digital book on line at the Portal to Texas History.

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[6]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1856 1856 1856 1856 1856 1856 1829
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903.
General compliance by the 1930s.

History[edit | edit source]

1852-- The first Anglo-American settlers arrived in 1852. The name Uvalde was originally known as "Ugalde".

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1850--Uvalde County was created 8 February 1850 from Bexar county. Uvalde County was organized in February 1856.

  • County seat: Encina, renamed Uvalde in 1856. [7] [8]

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:[9]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Bandera  • Edwards  • Frio  • Kinney  • Maverick  • Medina  • Real  • Zavala

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.
1860 506
1870 851 68.2%
1880 2,541 198.6%
1890 3,804 49.7%
1900 4,647 22.2%
1910 11,233 141.7%
1920 10,769 −4.1%
1930 12,945 20.2%
1940 13,246 2.3%
1950 16,015 20.9%
1960 16,814 5.0%
1970 17,348 3.2%
1980 22,441 29.4%
1990 23,340 4.0%
2000 25,926 11.1%
2010 26,405 1.8%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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 Uvalde 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.

  • Oldtimers: Frontier Days in the Uvalde Section of Southwest Texas, 1939, by Florence Fenley.
  • A Proud Heritage: A History of Uvalde County, 1975.
  • Uvalde County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Edwards CountyReal CountyBandera CountyKinney CountyMedina CountyMaverick CountyZavala CountyFrio CountyTX UVALDE.PNG
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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]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Uvalde 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]
Divorce[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Southwest Texas Genealogical Society
PO Box 295
Uvalde 78802

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]

  • Uvalde 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, "Uvalde, Texas" in "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uvalde_County,_Texas. accessed 11/27/2019
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Uvalde County, Texas. Page 675 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. HistoricTexas.net: Uvalde County, https://www.historictexas.net/county/uvalde-county
  4. Inventory of the county archives of Texas : Uvalde County, no. 232, Book, May 1941
  5. Historical Marker: Uvalde County Courthouse, located at the corner of Main (Hwy 90) and Getty, Uvalde.
  6. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Uvalde 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.
  7. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  8. Handbook of Texas Online: Uvalde County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcu03
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "Uvalde County, Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uvalde_County,_Texas, Last accessed 29 August 2019.