Bexar County, Texas Genealogy

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Bexar County, Texas
Map
Map of Texas highlighting Bexar County
Location in the state of Texas
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Location of Texas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 17, 1836
County Seat San Antonio
Courthouse




County Courthouse

Bexar County
County Clerk
Gerry Rickhoff
100 Dolorosa Suite 104
San Antonio 78205
Phone: 210-335-2216

www.countyclerk.bexar.landata.com/Default.aspx

District Clerk
Margaret G. Montemayor
100 Dolorosa
San Antonio 78205
Phone: 210-335-2113Texas Dept of State Health Services maintains a current county clerks list 

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.

Parent County

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

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.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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


Church

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Land

Local Histories

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Maps

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Military

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Newspapers

Obituaries

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

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

Web Sites



References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).