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Bexar County, Texas
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Facts
Founded March 17, 1836
County Seat San Antonio
Courthouse
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Address Bexar County Courthouse
County Clerk - Gerry Rickhoff
100 Dolorosa, Suite 108
San Antonio, TX  78205
Phone: 210-335-2585
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Presidio San Antonio de Béxar. The County is located in the central area of the state. [1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County Clerk has birth records from 1838, marriage
records from 1837, death records from 1903,
probate records from 1843, land records from 1700’s,
Spanish church records 1737-1859 and Spanish City
Council minutes 1815-1820[2]

Register and log in to search digital archives
1837-1963 HISTORICAL RECORDS
at this County Clerk website

County Clerk

100 Dolorosa Suite 104
San Antonio 78205
Phone: 210-335-2216

District Clerk

100 Dolorosa
San Antonio 78205
Phone: 210-335-2113



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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1838 1837 1903 1836 1700s 1843 1829
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903. General compliance by the 1930s.

History[edit | edit source]

The villa of San Fernando de Bexar was the first municipality in the Spanish province of Texas in 1731. In 1772 the seat of the government of Spanish Texas moved to Bexar. The original county was divided into 128 additional counties. From the Handbook of Texas Online: The first Europeans to explore the region came with an expedition in 1691 led by Domingo Terán de los Ríos and Fray Damián Massanet, who evidently reached the San Antonio River near where San Juan Capistrano Mission was later founded. Nearby they found a group of Payayas living on the riverbank. The Indians, as Massanet recorded in his diary, called the place Yanaguana; he, however, renamed the site San Antonio de Padua to celebrate the memorial day of St. Anthony, June 13. The next group of Spanish explorers, an expedition led by two Franciscans, fathers Antonio de San Buenaventura y Olivares and Isidro Félix de Espinosa, and a military officer, Pedro de Aguirre, did not reach the area until April 1709. Much impressed by the setting and the availability of water, they noted that the area might make a promising site for future settlement. In 1714 Louis Juchereau de St. Denis crossed the region on his way to San Juan Bautista. Espinosa again visited the site in 1716 on his way to East Texas with the expedition of Domingo Ramón and this time recommended San Pedro Springs as a mission site. Near that spot, in May 1718, Martín de Alarcón led the expedition that founded San Antonio de Valero Mission and San Antonio de Béxar (or Béjar) Presidio, named for Viceroy Balthasar Manuel de Zúñiga y Guzmán Sotomayor y Sarmiento, second son of the duke of Bexar.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

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

  • County seat: San Antonio [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

1834-1931--For animated maps illustrating Texas County boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Texas County Boundary Maps" (1834-1931) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1892--Bexar County Courthouse was damaged during a large fire in downtown San Antonio on 25 February 1892.  No records were lost.  The offices of the San Antonio Democrat Newspaper were destroyed during the fire.[5]

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:[6]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
  • Losoya
  • Martinez
Census-designated places

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

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Atascosa • Bandera • Comal • Guadalupe • Kendall  • Medina  • Wilson

Resources[edit | edit source]

African American 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
TX Gravestones WorldCat Tombstone Project
Billion Graves (name) Cemeteries of TX
USGW Archives Texas Cemeteries
Billion Graves Linkpendium
TXGenWeb Epodunk
Interment
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Sources

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18506,052
186014,454138.8%
187016,04311.0%
188030,47089.9%
189049,26661.7%
190069,42240.9%
1910119,67672.4%
1920202,09668.9%
1930292,53344.7%
1940338,17615.6%
1950500,46048.0%
1960687,15137.3%
1970830,46020.9%
1980988,80019.1%
19901,185,39419.9%
20001,392,93117.5%
20101,714,77323.1%

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.


Court[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[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]

Maps[edit | edit source]

Bandera CountyKendall CountyComal CountyGuadalupe CountyWilson CountyAtascosa CountyMedina CountyTX BEXAR.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Military[edit | edit source]

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

Online Records

World War I[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Bexar 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 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 Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

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. You can also order them online through a third party company.

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.

Births[edit | edit source]

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Marriages[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 Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society
911 Melissa Dr
San Antonio, Tx 78213
Website

Los Bexareños Genealogical And Historical Society
PO Box 1935
San Antonio, TX 78297
Website

Public Libraries[edit | edit source]

  • Leon Valley Public Library 6425 Evers Rd Leon Valley, TX 78238 Phone: (210) 684-0720 Website
  • San Antonio Public Library 600 Soledad St San Antonio, TX 78205 Phone: (210) 207-2500 Website
  • Universal City Public Library 100 Northview Dr Universal City, TX 78148 Phone: (210) 659-7048 Website
  • Converse Public Library 601 S Seguin Rd Converse, TX 78109 Phone: (210) 659-4160 Website

Societies[edit | edit source]


126 E. Nueva St
San Antonio, Texas 78204
Telephone: (210) 225-1071
Materials are in closed stacks.

  • San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society

Mailing address: 911 Melissa Drive, San Antonio TX 78213. Library address: 911 Melissa Drive, San Antonio, TX 78213 Phone: (210) 342-5242 Website

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.


Websites[edit | edit source]


References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Bexar County, Texas," in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bexar_County,_Texas. accessed 07/25/2019
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bexar County, Texas. Page 659 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bexar 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. GenDisasters.com - San Antonio, Texas Fire, Feb 1892 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/17958/san-antonio-tx-fire-feb-1892
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Bexar County, Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bexar_County,_Texas, accessed 26 March 2019.