San Patricio County, Texas Genealogy

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San Patricio County

Guide to San Patricio County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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San Patricio County, Texas
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Location in the state of Texas
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Founded March 17, 1836
County Seat Sinton
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County Information

County Courthouse

San Patricio County Courthouse
400 W Sinton Rm 105;
Sinton, TX 78387-0578
Phone: 361.364.6290 

County Clerk has birth records from 1893,
death records from 1903, marriage records
from 1858, probate records from 1847,
court records from 1876 and land records from 1848[1]

County Clerk

P.O. Box 578
Sinton 78387
Phone: 361-364-9350

District Clerk

P.O. Box 1084
Sinton 78387
Phone: 361-364-9377

San Patricio County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1858 1850 1846 1847


1830--Settled in 1830 by colonists under a Mexican colonization contract obtained by James McGloin and John McMullen.

Parent County

1836--San Patricio was created 17 March 1836 from an old Mexican Municipality.

  • County seat: Sinton [2]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of San Patricio County border changes.

Record Loss

1846,1867,1888--Many records were destroyed by fires.

Places / Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Aransas  • Bee  • Jim Wells  •  Live Oak  • Nueces  • Refugio


African American


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 Epodunk
Names in Stone
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Sources


Historical populations
Census Pop.


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.



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

Local histories are available for San Patricio 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.


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Mexican-American War
Civil War
World War I
Korean War


Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as San Patricio County, Texas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

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



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


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.

1846-1910 Texas County Tax Rolls lists FHL films with county tax lists. The lists vary by county and year. Most records are between the years of 1846 - 1910.

Vital Records

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.


Societies and Libraries

Ed and Hazel Richmond Public Library
110 N Lamont St
Aransas Pass, TX 78336
Telephone Number: 361-758-2350

Ingleside Public Library
2775 Waco St
Ingleside, TX 78362
Telephone Number: 361-776-5355

Mathis Public Library
103 Lamar St
Mathis, TX 78368
Telephone Number: 361-547-6201

Odem Public Library
516 Voss Ave
Odem, TX 78370
Telephone Number: 361-368-7388

Bell/Whittington Public Library
2400 Memorial Pkwy
Portland, TX 78374
Telephone Number: 361-777-0921

Sinton Public Library
100 N Pirate Blvd
Sinton, TX 78387
Telephone Number: 361-364-4545

Taft Public Library
503 Green Ave
Taft, TX 78390
Telephone Number: 361-528-3512

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

Family History Centers

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. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.


  • San Patricio County Archives  ~  TXGenWeb Archives Project
  • San Patricio County  ~  TXGenWeb
  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.
  • USGenWeb Texas Archives Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.
  • FamilySearch Catalog — The catalog is genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) This catalog is different than the indexed Historical Records.


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), San Patricio County, Texas. Page 673 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).