Brewster County, Texas Genealogy

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County Courthouse


The addition to Brewster county in 1897 of two proposed new counties made Brewster County the largest in Texas in terms of land area.

Parent County

1887--Brewster County was 2 February 1887 from Presidio County. County seat: Alpine [1]

The county was named for Henry P. Brewster, (1816-1884). Henry Percy (Persy) Brewster, lawyer and personal secretary of Sam Houston, was born on November 22, 1816, in the Laurens District, South Carolina, where he studied and began the practice of law. In 1849 he was appointed attorney general by Governor George T. Wood.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Towns and Cities: Alpine | Marathon | Terlingua.

Neighboring Counties






Local Histories


Texas Counties Map. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site





Vital Records

  • Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998 [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
  • Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]
    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

Societies and Libraries

Web Sites


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