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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties C|Counties C]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Cameron County''
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Guide to '''Cameron County Texas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
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Guide to '''Cameron County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
  
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
  
[http://www.co.cameron.tx.us/ Cameron County Courthouse]<br>PO Box 2178<br>Brownsville, Texas 78522-2178<br>Phone: 956.544.0817<br><br>County Clerk has birth, death and military records from<br> 1848, marriage records from 1800, land records from 1845,<br> probate records from 1850 and court records from 1964<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cameron County, Texas. Page 660 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Cameron County
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| county_map = Tx-cameron.png
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| state = Texas
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| founded year = 1848
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| founded date = February 12
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| seat = Brownsville
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| building image = TexasCameronCourthousea.jpg
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| building address = Cameron County Courthouse<br>PO Box 2178<br>Brownsville, Texas 78522-2178<br>Phone: 956.544.0817<br>[http://www.co.cameron.tx.us/ '''Cameron County Website'''] }}  
  
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== County Information ==
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=== County Courthouse  ===
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County Clerk has birth, death and military records from<br> 1848, marriage records from 1800, land records from 1845,<br> probate records from 1850 and court records from 1964<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cameron County, Texas. Page 660 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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'''County Clerk'''
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P.O. Box 2178<br>964 E. Harrison St.<br>Brownsville 78520<br>Phone: 956-544-0815
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'''District Clerk'''
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974 East Harrison St.<br>Brownsville 78520<br>Phone: 956-544-0848
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==== Cameron County, Texas Record Dates ====
  
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<center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1903
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1848
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1850
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1848
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of the credit for the successful defense of the position to Cameron. At the battle of Mier, "The fearless Cameron, whose company garrisoned the back yard of one of the houses, being charged by an imposing force of the enemy, after emptying his rifles into their lines, beat off the foe until he could reload, with the loose stones in the court." At Pass Suarte, after Fisher and the staff officers had been separated from the command, the Mier prisoners unanimously chose Cameron as their commander. On Saturday, February 19, Cameron and about sixty men were recaptured by Mexicans and subjected with other groups to the Black Bean Episode. Cameron drew a white bean in the lottery, but was shot for a later attempt at escape.  
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The county was named for Ewen Cameron, (1811?-1843). On July 7, 1842, Cameron took part in the engagement at Lipantitlán against Gen. Antonio Canales. Samuel H. Walker attributed much of the credit for the successful defense of the position to Cameron. At the battle of Mier, "The fearless Cameron, whose company garrisoned the back yard of one of the houses, being charged by an imposing force of the enemy, after emptying his rifles into their lines, beat off the foe until he could reload, with the loose stones in the court." At Pass Suarte, after Fisher and the staff officers had been separated from the command, the Mier prisoners unanimously chose Cameron as their commander. On Saturday, February 19, Cameron and about sixty men were recaptured by Mexicans and subjected with other groups to the Black Bean Episode. Cameron drew a white bean in the lottery, but was shot for a later attempt at escape.  
  
 
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==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Cameron, Brownsville|place|disp=Brownsville}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Cameron, Harlingen|place|disp=Harlingen}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Cameron, San Benito|place|disp=San Benito}}
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Hidalgo County, Texas|Hidalgo]]  
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[[Hidalgo County, Texas Genealogy|Hidalgo]] {{•}} [[Willacy County, Texas Genealogy|Willacy]]  
*[[Willacy County, Texas|Willacy]]
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<center>{{TX Cameron County, Texas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
 
 
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*[http://www.txgenweb5.org/txcameron/resources/cemeteries.html Cemeteries of Cameron County]~ Cameron County, TXGenWeb
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.&nbsp;
*[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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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=46&GScnty=2550&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n FindAGrave] 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|427769|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2550 FindAGrave]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=31 TX Gravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Texas+Cameron+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/cameron.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search#/ Billion Graves (name)]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Etx/Cameron/ListCameron.html Cemeteries of TX]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/cameron/camertoc.htm GenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texascemeteries.org/cameron/cameron-county-cemeteries Texas Cemeteries]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Texas&county=Cameron&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves (cemetery)]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/cameron-tx-genealogy/cem/ Linkpendium]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txcamero/resources/cemeteries.html TXGenWeb Cemeteries]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=22606&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=18&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/tx/cameron.htm Interment]
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''Additional Cemetery Sources''
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*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/tx/ African American Cemeteries Online]&nbsp;~ Partial index/transcriptions of African American cemeteries  
 
*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/tx/ African American Cemeteries Online]&nbsp;~ Partial index/transcriptions of African American cemeteries  
 
*[http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/junction/CJ-TX-NDX.html Cemetery Junction]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links to cemetery transcriptions
 
*[http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/junction/CJ-TX-NDX.html Cemetery Junction]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links to cemetery transcriptions
  
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==== Census  ====
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{{US Census population
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|1850= 8541
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|1860= 6028
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|1870= 10999
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|1880= 14959
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|1890= 14424
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|1900= 16095
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|1910= 27158
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|1920= 36662
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|1930= 77540
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|1940= 83202
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|1950= 125170
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|1960= 151098
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|1970= 140368
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|1980= 209680
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|1990= 260120
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|2000= 335227
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|2010= 406220
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==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{TX Church Intro}}
  
 
*[http://www.churchangel.com/texas.htm Texas Christian Church Directory ]~ ChurchAngel  
 
*[http://www.churchangel.com/texas.htm Texas Christian Church Directory ]~ ChurchAngel  
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{TX Land}}
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==== Naturalization and Citizenship  ====
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*'''1906 - 1989'''  {{RecordSearch|1389983|Texas, Naturalization Records, 1906-1989}} — index and images
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{TX County Histories}}
  
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/museums.html Texas Museums]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; List of all museums in Texas&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/museums.html Texas Museums]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; List of all museums in Texas&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
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[[Image:Txcameron.jpg|400px|Txcameron.jpg]]
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Texas Land Survey Maps for {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/maps.html Historical Maps]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; From the Republic to the Turn of the Century&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/maps.html Historical Maps]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; From the Republic to the Turn of the Century&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site
 
*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txcamero/resources/military.html Cameron County Military Resources] ~ Cameron 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.htm Honoring Our Veterans] ~ Partial index of veterans from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
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=====Mexican-American War=====
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*'''1845 - 1848'''  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2058 US American Volunteer Soldiers Mexican War 1845-1848] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
  
 
===== Civil War  =====
 
===== Civil War  =====
  
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'''Online Records'''
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932381|Texas, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932425|Texas, Civil War Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1838 - 1900''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2059 Texas Muster Roll Index Cards 1838-1900] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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====== Civil War Battle  ======
 
====== Civil War Battle  ======
  
The following Civil War battle was fought in Cameron County.&nbsp;
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The following Civil War battle was fought in Cameron County:
  
*May 12-13, 1865 = [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/tx005.htm Palmito Ranch], also known as Palmito Hill<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/tx005.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 9 August, 2012)</ref>
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*'''May 12-13, 1865''' - [http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/tx005.htm Palmito Ranch], also known as Palmito Hill<ref>Heritage Preservation Services, *[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/tx005.htm Civil War Battle Summaries by State], (accessed 9 August, 2012)</ref>  
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*[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/TXmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in Texas.
  
:[http://www.nps.gov/hps/abpp/battles/TXmap.htm Map] showing Civil War battles in Texas.
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=====World War I=====
  
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*'''1917 - 1920''' - {{RecordSearch|2202707|Texas, World War I Records, 1917-1920}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txcamero/resources/military.html Cameron County Military Resources] ~ Cameron County, TXGenWeb
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==== Newspapers  ====
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/military.html Military Resources] ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom&nbsp;~&nbsp;Hidden Ancestors
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/fallen_heroes.htm Fallen Heroes]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
 
*[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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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Cameron}}
  
 
*[http://www.hometownnews.com/tx.htm Home Town News]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Texas Newspaper Index with links  
 
*[http://www.hometownnews.com/tx.htm Home Town News]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Texas Newspaper Index with links  
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==== Obituaries  ====
 
==== Obituaries  ====
  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/obituaryresources.html Obituary Resources] ~ Links to research and locate obituaries ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/obituaries.html Obituary Resources] ~ Links to research and locate obituaries ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/obits/tx/obitstx.htm USGenWeb Archives Obituary Project]&nbsp;&nbsp;~&nbsp; Texas  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/obits/tx/obitstx.htm USGenWeb Archives Obituary Project]&nbsp;&nbsp;~&nbsp; Texas  
 
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/drdb/ Afrigeneas] ~ African American death notices, obituaries and funeral programs compiled by users from current newspapers and historical sources  
 
*[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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==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
  
*[http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/default.aspx?rt=36 Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Ancestry.com&nbsp; (subscription)  
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{{TX Probate Intro}}
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5112 Texas Land Title Abstracts] ~ Ancestry.com&nbsp; (subscription)
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1800 – 1990''' {{RecordSearch|2016287|Texas Probate Records 1800-1990}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1800 – 2000''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2115 Texas Wills and Probate Records 1800-2000] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*[http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/default.aspx?rt=36 Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records] Ancestry.com (subscription)  
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5112 Texas Land Title Abstracts] ~ Ancestry.com (subscription)
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{TX Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/cameron/vitals/births/ Birth Records of Cameron County 1926-1995] from the USGenWeb archives  
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{{TX Vital Intro}}
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/cameron/vitals/divorces/ Divorce Records of Cameron County 1968-2001] from the USGenWeb archives
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txcamero/resources/marriages.html Marriage Records of Cameron County] incomplete list of Marriage Records from the Cameron County TXGenWeb site.  
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===== Birth  =====
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [[Texas, Death Index, 1964-1998 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/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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''Online Birth Indexes and Records''
*[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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*'''1840 - 1981''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1681015 Texas, Births and Christenings, 1840-1981] FamilySearch
*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Texas&nbsp; 1850 - 1930
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*'''1903 - 1935''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803956 Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1935] (images and index) - FamilySearch
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*'''1903 - 1997''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949342 Texas, Birth Index, 1903-1997] (index only) - FamilySearch
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*'''1926 - 1995''' [http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/cameron/vitals/births/ Birth Records of Cameron County 1926-1995] from the USGenWeb archives
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===== Marriage  =====
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''Online Marriage Indexes and Records''
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*'''1814 - 1909''' and '''1966 - 2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8795 Texas Marriage Collection 1814-1909 and 1966-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*'''1837 - 1973''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1681052 Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973] - FamilySearch record collection
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*'''1837 - 1977''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1803987 Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977 ] - FamilySearch records collection
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*'''1837 - 1977''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60183 Texas Select County Marriage Index 1837-1977] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txcamero/resources/marriages.html Marriage Records of Cameron County] incomplete list of Marriage Records from the Cameron County TXGenWeb site
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*'''1966 - 2005''' [http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_marriage_records.htm Texas Marriage Records 1966 - 2005] Hidden Ancestors
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*'''1966 - 2010''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/2031191 Texas, Marriages, 1966-2010] FamilySearch record collection
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===== Death  =====
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''Online Death Indexes and Records''
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*'''1890 - 1976''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1320964 Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]]<br>Name index and images of statewide death certificates, 1890-1976
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*'''1903 - 1973''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1681049 Texas Deaths and Burials 1903 - 1973] (index) FamilySearch  
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*'''1903 - 1982'''  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2272 Texas Death Certificates 1903-1982] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1964 - 1998''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [[Texas, Death Index, 1964-1998 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*'''1968 - 2011'''  [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8794 Texas Divorces 1968-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*'''1977 - 1986''' {{RecordSearch|1930157|Texas Deaths 1977-1986}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1850 - 1930''' [http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Texas 1850 - 1930
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*'''1968 - 2001''' [http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/cameron/vitals/divorces/ Divorce Records of Cameron County 1968-2001] from the USGenWeb archives
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*[http://whttp://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records 1968 - 2005] Hidden Ancestors  
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*'''1968 - 2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8794 Texas Divorces 1968-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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Caprock Public Library<br>104 N 1st St<br>Quitaque, TX 79255<br>Phone: (806) 455-1225[http://www.harringtonlc.org/quitaque/index.html]  
 
Caprock Public Library<br>104 N 1st St<br>Quitaque, TX 79255<br>Phone: (806) 455-1225[http://www.harringtonlc.org/quitaque/index.html]  
  
[http://www.daddezio.com/society/hill/SH-TX-NDX.html Society Hill]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies  
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*[http://www.daddezio.com/society/hill/SH-TX-NDX.html Society Hill]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies
  
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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*[[Brownsville Texas Family History Center]]  
 
*[[Brownsville Texas Family History Center]]  
 
*[[Harlingen Texas Family History Center]]
 
*[[Harlingen Texas Family History Center]]
  
== Web Sites ==
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== Websites ==
  
 
*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county.  
 
*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county.  
*[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 Cameron|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} The catalog is genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications)  This catalog is different than the indexed Historical Records.
 
 
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*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Cameron|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
 
  
 
== References  ==
 
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Cameron County; PO Box 2178; Brownsville, TX 78522-2178; Ph. 956.544.0817 Details: (Co Clk has b, d &amp; mil rec from 1848, m rec from 1800, land rec from 1845, pro rec from 1850 &amp; ct rec from 1964)  
 
Cameron County; PO Box 2178; Brownsville, TX 78522-2178; Ph. 956.544.0817 Details: (Co Clk has b, d &amp; mil rec from 1848, m rec from 1800, land rec from 1845, pro rec from 1850 &amp; ct rec from 1964)  
  
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Latest revision as of 19:32, 23 August 2017

United States
Texas
Cameron County

Guide to Cameron County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


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Cameron County, Texas
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Map of Texas highlighting Cameron County
Location in the state of Texas
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Location of Texas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 12, 1848
County Seat Brownsville
Courthouse
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Address Cameron County Courthouse
PO Box 2178
Brownsville, Texas 78522-2178
Phone: 956.544.0817
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County Information


County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth, death and military records from
1848, marriage records from 1800, land records from 1845,
probate records from 1850 and court records from 1964[1]

County Clerk

P.O. Box 2178
964 E. Harrison St.
Brownsville 78520
Phone: 956-544-0815

District Clerk

974 East Harrison St.
Brownsville 78520
Phone: 956-544-0848


Cameron County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1848 1850 1848 1848


The county was named for Ewen Cameron, (1811?-1843). On July 7, 1842, Cameron took part in the engagement at Lipantitlán against Gen. Antonio Canales. Samuel H. Walker attributed much of the credit for the successful defense of the position to Cameron. At the battle of Mier, "The fearless Cameron, whose company garrisoned the back yard of one of the houses, being charged by an imposing force of the enemy, after emptying his rifles into their lines, beat off the foe until he could reload, with the loose stones in the court." At Pass Suarte, after Fisher and the staff officers had been separated from the command, the Mier prisoners unanimously chose Cameron as their commander. On Saturday, February 19, Cameron and about sixty men were recaptured by Mexicans and subjected with other groups to the Black Bean Episode. Cameron drew a white bean in the lottery, but was shot for a later attempt at escape.


Boundary Changes

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Towns and Cities: | Bayview | Brownsville | Cameron Park | Combes | Harlingen | Indian Lake | La Feria | Laguna Vista | Los Fresnos | Los Indios | Palm Valley | Port Isabel | Primera | Rancho Viejo | Rangerville | Rio Hondo | San Benito | Santa Rosa | South Padre Island |

Neighboring Counties

Hidalgo  • Willacy

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Resources

Cemeteries

Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information. 

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
FindAGrave Family History Library FindAGrave
TX Gravestones WorldCat Tombstone Project
Billion Graves (name) Cemeteries of TX
GenWeb Archives Texas Cemeteries
Billion Graves (cemetery) Linkpendium
TXGenWeb Cemeteries Epodunk
Interment
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Sources

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18508,541
18606,028−29.4%
187010,99982.5%
188014,95936.0%
189014,424−3.6%
190016,09511.6%
191027,15868.7%
192036,66235.0%
193077,540111.5%
194083,2027.3%
1950125,17050.4%
1960151,09820.7%
1970140,368−7.1%
1980209,68049.4%
1990260,12024.1%
2000335,22728.9%
2010406,22021.2%

Church

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.


Court

Land

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.


Naturalization and Citizenship

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Cameron 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.

  • Texas Museums  ~  List of all museums in Texas  ~  Hidden Ancestors

Maps

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Military

Mexican-American War
Civil War

Online Records

Civil War Battle

The following Civil War battle was fought in Cameron County:

  • May 12-13, 1865 - Palmito Ranch, also known as Palmito Hill[2]
  • Map showing Civil War battles in Texas.
World War I

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Cameron County, Texas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

TX Newspaper Abstracts (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).

Obituaries

Probate

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.

Online Probate Records


Taxation

Texas tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Texas Taxation.

1846-1910 Texas County Tax Rolls lists FHL films with county tax lists. The lists vary by county and year. Most records are between the years of 1846 - 1910.

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.

Birth

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Marriage

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Death

Online Death Indexes and Records

Divorce

Societies and Libraries

Caprock Public Library
104 N 1st St
Quitaque, TX 79255
Phone: (806) 455-1225[1]

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

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Websites

  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.
  • FamilySearch Catalog The catalog is genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) This catalog is different than the indexed Historical Records.

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cameron County, Texas. Page 660 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Heritage Preservation Services, *Civil War Battle Summaries by State, (accessed 9 August, 2012)
 

Cameron County; PO Box 2178; Brownsville, TX 78522-2178; Ph. 956.544.0817 Details: (Co Clk has b, d & mil rec from 1848, m rec from 1800, land rec from 1845, pro rec from 1850 & ct rec from 1964)