Bexar County, Texas Genealogy

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

County Courthouse

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

Bexar County Clerk's website

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


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]


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







Local Histories







Vital Records

  • 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.

Societies and Libraries

Leon Valley Public Library
6425 Evers Rd
Leon Valley, TX 78238
Phone: (210) 684-0720

San Antonio Public Library
600 Soledad St
San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: (210) 207-2500

Universal City Public Library
100 Northview Dr
Universal City, TX 78148
Phone: (210) 659-7048

Converse Public Library
601 S Seguin Rd
Converse, TX 78109
Phone: (210) 659-4160


San Antonio Texas North
2103 St Cloud Rd
San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, United States
Phone: 210-737-0110
Hours: M,W-Th 10am-2pm; W 6pm-9pm; Sat (2nd) 10am-2pm.
Closed: For major US holidays
Attention: Please call 210-737-0110 during center hours

San Antonio Texas West
6240 UTSA Blvd
San Antonio, Bexar, Texas, United States
Phone: 210-691-0594
Hours: M 9am - 12pm, W 6:30pm-9pm, Thur 9am-12pm,& 6:30pm-9pm, F 9am-12pm
Closed: Nov 22-26, 2010, Dec 22-31, 2010

Web Sites


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