Bexar County, Texas Genealogy

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Bexar County, Texas
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Founded March 17, 1836
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Bexar County, Texas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Texas
Location of Texas in the U.S.
Founded March 17, 1836
County Seat Dolorosa
Address Bexar County Courthouse
County Clerk - Gerry Rickhoff
100 Dolorosa, Suite 108
San Antonio, TX  78205
Phone: 210-335-2585
Bexar County Website

County Courthouse

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
at this County Clerk website:

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.


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





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.

*Texas Christian Church Directory ~ ChurchAngel *Catholic Parishes in Texas 



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 Bexar 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. *Museums List of all museums in Texas ~ Hidden Ancestors *History of the Alamo in Bexar County ~ Bexar County TXGenWeb *Historical Markers of Bexar County ~ Bexar County TXGenWeb




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).



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. *Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records  ~  (subscription)


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. *Records of Bexar County, Texas ~ Bexar County TXGenWeb


Texas Marriage Records  1966 - 2005  ~  Hidden Ancestors *Texas Divorce Records  1968 - 2005   ~  Hidden Ancestors

  • 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. also has Texas Deaths, 1890-1976 ($) available online. *Texas Death Index, 1964-1998 (FamilySearch) - Index to Texas statewide death certificates covering 4 million deaths since 1964.

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


 :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. ==== San Antonio Genealogical and Historical Society Mailing address: P.O. Box 790087, San Antonio, TX 78279-0087 Library address: 911 Melissa Drive, San Antonio, TX 78213 Phone: (210) 342-5242 Website

Family History Centers

Web Sites

  • The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  • - San Antonio, Texas Fire, Feb 1892