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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Texas Counties B|Counties B]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] Bexar County'' <br>{{Adoption Hidden Ancestors}} <br>{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Bexar County
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| county_map = Tx-bexar.png
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| state = Texas
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| founded year = 1836
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| founded date = March 17
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| seat wl = San Antonio
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
Bexar County<br>County Clerk<br>Gerry Rickhoff<br>100 Dolorosa Suite 104<br>San Antonio 78205<br>Phone: 210-335-2216
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[http://www.bexar.org/ Bexar County Courthouse]<br>County Clerk - Gerry Rickhoff<br>100 Dolorosa, Suite 108<br>San Antonio, TX&nbsp; 78205<br>Phone: 210-335-2585
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County Clerk has birth records from 1838, marriage <br>records from 1837, death records from 1903, <br>probate records from 1843, land records from 1700’s,<br> Spanish church records 1737-1859 and&nbsp;Spanish City <br>Council minutes 1815-1820<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bexar County, Texas. Page 659 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref> <br>
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[http://www.countyclerk.bexar.landata.com/Default.aspx www.countyclerk.bexar.landata.com/Default.aspx]
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Register and log in to search digital archives<br>1837-1963 HISTORICAL RECORDS<br>at this County Clerk website:<br>'''https://gov.propertyinfo.com/tx-bexar/Default.aspx'''<br>
  
District Clerk<br>Margaret G. Montemayor<br>100 Dolorosa<br>San Antonio 78205<br>Phone: 210-335-2113<references />Texas Dept of State Health Services maintains a current county clerks list&nbsp;
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District Clerk - Margaret G. Montemayor<br>100 Dolorosa<br>San Antonio, TX 78205<br>Phone: 210-335-2113 <references />
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
 
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.  
 
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.  
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''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  ====
 
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'''1836--'''Bexar County was created on 17 March 1836 from Old Mexican Municipality. '''County seat:''' San Antonio <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
 
'''1836--'''Bexar County was created on 17 March 1836 from Old Mexican Municipality. '''County seat:''' San Antonio <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
From the Texas Handbook: The first Europeans to explore the region came with an expedition in 1691 led by Domingo Terán de los Ríos and Fray Damián Massanet,qqv 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,qv fathers Antonio de San Buenaventura y Olivares and Isidro Félix de Espinosa, and a military officer, Pedro de Aguirre,qqv 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. Denisqv crossed the region on his way to San Juan Bautista.qv Espinosa again visited the site in 1716 on his way to East Texas with the expedition of Domingo Ramónqv and this time recommended San Pedro Springsqv as a mission site. Near that spot, in May 1718, Martín de Alarcónqv 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.
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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See an interactive map of Bexar County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/texas/tx-maps.html border changes].
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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'''1892''' -- Bexar County Courthouse was damaged during a large fire in downtown San Antonio on 25 February 1892.&nbsp; No records were lost.&nbsp; The offices of the ''San Antonio Democrat'' Newspaper were destroyed during the fire.<ref>GenDisasters.com - San Antonio, Texas Fire, Feb 1892 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/17958/san-antonio-tx-fire-feb-1892</ref>
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
  
'''Towns and Cities: '''[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=193178&subject_disp=Texas%2C+Bexar%2C+Adkins&columns=*,0,0 Adkins]&nbsp;| Alamo Heights | Balcones Heights | [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=193179&subject_disp=Texas%2C+Bexar%2C+Bexar&columns=*,0,0 Bexar]&nbsp;| Castle Hills | China Grove | Converse | [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=193180&subject_disp=Texas%2C+Bexar%2C+Elmendorf&columns=*,0,0 Elmendorf]&nbsp;| Fair Oaks Ranch | [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=193181&subject_disp=Texas%2C+Bexar%2C+Fort+Sam+Houston&columns=*,0,0 Fort Sam Houston]&nbsp;| [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=193182&subject_disp=Texas%2C+Bexar%2C+Helotes&columns=*,0,0 Helotes]&nbsp;| [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=193183&subject_disp=Texas%2C+Bexar%2C+Hill+Country+Village&columns=*,0,0 Hill Country Village]&nbsp;| Hollywood Park | Kirby | Leon Valley | Live Oak | [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=193184&subject_disp=Texas%2C+Bexar%2C+Losoya&columns=*,0,0 Losoya]&nbsp;| [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=193186&subject_disp=Texas%2C+Bexar%2C+Martinez&columns=*,0,0 Martinez]&nbsp;| Olmos Park | [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=193192&subject_disp=Texas%2C+Bexar%2C+St%2E+Hedwig&columns=*,0,0 Saint Hedwig]&nbsp;| [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=193187&subject_disp=Texas%2C+Bexar%2C+San+Antonio&columns=*,0,0 San Antonio]&nbsp;|&nbsp;[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=193189&subject_disp=Texas%2C+Bexar%2C+Selma&columns=*,0,0 Selma]&nbsp;| Shavano Park | [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=193190&subject_disp=Texas%2C+Bexar%2C+Somerset&columns=*,0,0 Somerset]&nbsp;| [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=193191&subject_disp=Texas%2C+Bexar%2C+Southton&columns=*,0,0 Southton]&nbsp;| Terrell Hills | Universal City | [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=193193&subject_disp=Texas%2C+Bexar%2C+Von+Ormy&columns=*,0,0 Von Ormy]&nbsp;| [http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=193194&subject_disp=Texas%2C+Bexar%2C+Wetmore&columns=*,0,0 Wetmore]&nbsp;| Wincrest  
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'''Towns and Cities: '''{{FHL|Texas%2C+Bexar%2C+Adkins|subject|disp=Adkins}}&nbsp;| Alamo Heights | Balcones Heights | {{FHL|Texas%2C+Bexar%2C+Bexar|subject|disp=Bexar}}&nbsp;| Castle Hills | China Grove | Converse | {{FHL|Texas%2C+Bexar%2C+Elmendorf|subject|disp=Elmendorf}}&nbsp;| Fair Oaks Ranch | {{FHL|Texas%2C+Bexar%2C+Fort+Sam+Houston|subject|disp=Fort Sam Houston}}&nbsp;| {{FHL|Texas%2C+Bexar%2C+Helotes|subject|disp=Helotes}}&nbsp;| {{FHL|Texas%2C+Bexar%2C+Hill+Country+Village|subject|disp=Hill Country Village}}&nbsp;| Hollywood Park | Kirby | Leon Valley | Live Oak | {{FHL|Texas%2C+Bexar%2C+Losoya|subject|disp=Losoya}}&nbsp;| {{FHL|Texas%2C+Bexar%2C+Martinez|subject|disp=Martinez}}&nbsp;| Olmos Park | {{FHL|Texas%2C+Bexar%2C+St%2E+Hedwig|subject|disp=Saint Hedwig}}&nbsp;| {{FHL|Texas%2C+Bexar%2C+San+Antonio|subject|disp=San Antonio}}&nbsp;|&nbsp;{{FHL|Texas%2C+Bexar%2C+Selma|subject|disp=Selma}}&nbsp;| Shavano Park | {{FHL|Texas%2C+Bexar%2C+Somerset|subject|disp=Somerset}}&nbsp;| {{FHL|Texas%2C+Bexar%2C+Southton|subject|disp=Southton}}&nbsp;| Terrell Hills | Universal City | {{FHL|Texas%2C+Bexar%2C+Von+Ormy|subject|disp=Von Ormy}}&nbsp;| {{FHL|Texas%2C+Bexar%2C+Wetmore|subject|disp=Wetmore}}&nbsp;| Wincrest  
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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*[http://txbexar.eppygen.org/Resources.htm Local Bexar County Resouces] ~ Bexar County TXGenWeb
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
==== Church ====
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*[http://txbexar.eppygen.org/Cemeteries/ Cemeteries of Bexar County] ~ Listings of cemeteries &amp; partial transcriptions ~ Bexar County TXGenWeb
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html Tombstone Transcription Project] ~ Partial transcription of cemetery tombstones ~ USGenWeb
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*[http://www.historictexas.net/cemeteries/1-countytables.htm Texas Historic Cemeteries] ~ Partial indexes to historic cemeteries
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*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/tx/ African American Cemeteries Online]&nbsp;~ Partial index/transcriptions of African American cemeteries
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*[http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/junction/CJ-TX-NDX.html Cemetery Junction]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links to cemetery transcriptions
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Individual cemeteries:
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BillionGraves:
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=148589 Anunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Cemetery, St. Hedwig]
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=159067 Confederate Cemetery, San Antonio]
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*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=147486 Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio]
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*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=103669 Roselawn Memorial Park, San Antonio]
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=148588 St. Hedwig Cemetery, St. Hedwig]
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=159106 St. Jerome's Cemetery, San Antonio]
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'''A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:'''
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[[Texas, Bexar, San Antonio, Cemetery Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Texas, Bexar, San Antorio, Cemetery Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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==== Census  ====
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*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Texas&nbsp; 1850 - 1930
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*[http://www.churchangel.com/texas.htm Texas Christian Church Directory ]~ ChurchAngel
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*[http://www.dioceseofbmt.org/parishes/index.html Catholic Parishes in Texas]
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
'''''Buckelew The Indian Captive''''', autobiograpy of Frank Buckelew, Mason Herald Press, S.E. Banta eyewitness' series pub 1911. You can get copy interlibrary loan thru World Catalog www.worldcat.org  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/museums.html|Texas Museums] List of all museums in Texas ~ Hidden Ancestors
 
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*[http://txbexar.eppygen.org/Alamo/ History of the Alamo in Bexar County] ~ Bexar County TXGenWeb
Post Civil War 13-year-old's eyewitness account of &nbsp;Bexar. &nbsp;It is a whirlwind of guerilla strikes between the main language groups of English, Dutchman [German], Lipan [Eastern Apache], and Kickapoos. &nbsp;Someone will mistake a stranger for a member of an enemy group, kill them, and everyone is dragged into it. &nbsp;Geography is by location along rivers not proximity to settlements.
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*[http://txbexar.eppygen.org/Landmarks/ Historical Markers of Bexar County] ~ Bexar County TXGenWeb
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site  
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*[http://txbexar.eppygen.org/Maps.htm 1889 &amp;1909 Maps of Bexar County] ~ Bexar County TXGenWeb
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/maps.html Historical Maps]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; From the Republic to the Turn of the Century&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*[http://txbexar.eppygen.org/Military.htm Military Records of Bexar County] ~ Bexar County TXGenWeb
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/military.html Military Resources] ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom&nbsp;~&nbsp;Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/fallen_heroes.htm Fallen Heroes]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/veterans/veterans.htm Honoring Our Veterans] ~ Partial index of veterans from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
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*Wikipedia has a list of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_online_newspaper_archives online newspaper archives] for Texas.
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*[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaperarchive.com] ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=94&ci=25699 {{nowrap|San Antonio newspapers}}] from the late 1800's that covered local news on Bexar County residents.
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*[http://txbexar.eppygen.org/Obits/ Obituaries of Bexar County, Texas] ~ Partial Listing of Obituaries from Bexar County ~ Bexar County, TXGenWeb
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/obituaryresources.html Obituary Resources] ~ Links to research and locate obituaries ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/obits/tx/obitstx.htm USGenWeb Archives Obituary Project]&nbsp;&nbsp;~&nbsp; Texas
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*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/drdb/ Afrigeneas] ~ African American death notices, obituaries and funeral programs compiled by users from current newspapers and historical sources
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*[http://www.daddezio.com/obituary/depot/OB-TX-NDX.html Obituary Depot&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; Texas Newspaper Citations
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/obituaries.html Obituary Project] ~ Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~obituary/ Obituary Daily Times&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; Citations to over 15,000,000 obituaries including interactive search function
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=36 Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Ancestry.com&nbsp; (subscription)
  
 
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
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*[http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
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*[http://txbexar.eppygen.org/Records/index.htm Records of Bexar County, Texas] ~ Bexar County TXGenWeb
*[http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1320964 Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]]<br>Name index and images of statewide death certificates, 1890-1976. The name index has been created by FamilySearch and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903
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*&nbsp;1966-2005 Marriage and Divorce Indexes&nbsp;[http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/vs/marriagedivorce/mindex.shtm www.dshs.state.tx.us/vs/marriagedivorce/mindex.shtm]&nbsp; can be downloaded by year in ZIP file format.&nbsp; This is for the entire state.&nbsp; It is zip only because of size - 3-5 megs zipped of 140,000 to 166,000 records a year.&nbsp; The State&nbsp;doesn't have&nbsp;records BEFORE 1966.&nbsp;
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===== '''''Births'''''  =====
*Birth certificates less than 75-years-old&nbsp; are in Protected Status.&nbsp; Copies are $22 from the Texas Vital Statistics if you meet the rules.&nbsp; Go to [http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/vs/reqproc/certified_copy.shtm www.dshs.state.tx.us/vs/reqproc/certified_copy.shtm]
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*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_marriage_records.htm Texas Marriage Records&nbsp; 1966 - 2005]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records&nbsp; 1968&nbsp;- 2005]&nbsp;&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
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*{{RecordSearch|1320964|Texas Deaths, 1890-1976}} (FamilySearch) - The name index was created by FamilySearch and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903 and in many counties prior to 1910. Fold3.com also has [http://www.fold3.com/title_479/texas_death_certificates Texas Deaths, 1890-1976] ($) available online.
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*{{RecordSearch|1375599|Texas Death Index, 1964-1998}} (FamilySearch) - Index to Texas statewide death certificates covering 4 million deaths since 1964.
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
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*[http://www.txgenweb.org/ TEXAS GenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp; the county.  
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Leon Valley Public Library<br>6425 Evers Rd<br>Leon Valley, TX 78238<br>Phone: (210) 684-0720<br>[http://www.leonvalley.lib.tx.us/ Website]
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=193177&subject_disp=Texas%2C+Bexar&columns=*,0,0 Family History Library Catalog]
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San Antonio Public Library<br>600 Soledad St<br>San Antonio, TX 78205<br>Phone: (210) 207-2500<br>[http://www.sanantonio.gov/library Website]
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Universal City Public Library<br>100 Northview Dr<br>Universal City, TX 78148<br>Phone: (210) 659-7048<br>[http://www.universalcity.lib.tx.us/ Website]
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Converse Public Library<br>601 S Seguin Rd<br>Converse, TX 78109<br>Phone: (210) 659-4160<br>[http://www.conversetx.net/ Website]
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:[http://www.drtl.org/ Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library]<br>P.O. Box 1401<br>300 Alamo Plaza<br>San Antonio, Texas 78295-1401<br>Telephone: (210) 225-1071<br>Materials are in closed stacks.
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==== Family History Centers  ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers
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*[[San Antonio Texas Family History Center]]
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*[[San Antonio Texas East Family History Center]]
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*[[San Antonio Texas North Family History Center]]
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*[[San Antonio Texas West Family History Center]]
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*[[Stone Oak Texas Family History Center]] (San Antonio)<br>
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== Web Sites  ==
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*[http://txbexar.eppygen.org/index.htm Bexar County TXGenWeb]
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*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county.  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com Hidden Ancestors]&nbsp; Information on Texas genealogy research as well as genealogy research in general.  
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*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Aransas|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://www.cyndislist.com/tx.htm Cyndi's List ~ Texas]
  
 
== References  ==
 
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Bexar County, Texas
Map
Map of Texas highlighting Bexar County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Texas
Location of Texas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 17, 1836
County Seat San Antonio
Courthouse




County Courthouse

Bexar County Courthouse
County Clerk - Gerry Rickhoff
100 Dolorosa, Suite 108
San Antonio, TX  78205
Phone: 210-335-2585


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[1]


Register and log in to search digital archives
1837-1963 HISTORICAL RECORDS
at this County Clerk website:
https://gov.propertyinfo.com/tx-bexar/Default.aspx


District Clerk - Margaret G. Montemayor
100 Dolorosa
San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: 210-335-2113
  1. 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.

History

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

1836--Bexar County was created on 17 March 1836 from Old Mexican Municipality. County seat: San Antonio [1]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Bexar County border changes.

Record Loss

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.[2]

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Towns and Cities: Adkins | Alamo Heights | Balcones Heights | Bexar | Castle Hills | China Grove | Converse | Elmendorf | Fair Oaks Ranch | Fort Sam Houston | Helotes | Hill Country Village | Hollywood Park | Kirby | Leon Valley | Live Oak | Losoya | Martinez | Olmos Park | Saint Hedwig | San Antonio | Selma | Shavano Park | Somerset | Southton | Terrell Hills | Universal City | Von Ormy | Wetmore | Wincrest

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Individual cemeteries:

BillionGraves:

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Texas, Bexar, San Antorio, Cemetery Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

Census

Churches

Court

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Obituaries

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Births
Marriages
Deaths
  • Texas Deaths, 1890-1976 (FamilySearch) - The name index was created by FamilySearch and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903 and in many counties prior to 1910. Fold3.com also has Texas Deaths, 1890-1976 ($) available online.

Societies and Libraries

Public Libraries

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

Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library
P.O. Box 1401
300 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, Texas 78295-1401
Telephone: (210) 225-1071
Materials are in closed stacks.

Family History Centers


Web Sites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. GenDisasters.com - San Antonio, Texas Fire, Feb 1892 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/17958/san-antonio-tx-fire-feb-1892