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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]] Chambers County''<br>  
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Guide to '''Chambers County Texas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
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== County Courthouse  ==
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== <br>County Courthouse  ==
  
Chambers County has had two county seats and four courthouses. Waller, the first county seat (1858-1908), was home to two courthouses.&nbsp; The first was built in 1854 and destroyed by arson in 1875.&nbsp; A schoolhouse, built in 1869 served as a courthouse until the second Chambers County Courthouse was completed in 1886. This courthouse was used until 1908, when the county seat was moved to Anahuac.&nbsp; The building was later torn down in 1948.&nbsp;<ref>Texas Escapes: Chambers County Courthouse http://www.texasescapes.com/TexasGulfCoastTowns/Anahuac-Texas-Chambers-County-Courthouse.htm</ref> <br>  
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[http://co.chambers.tx.us/ Chambers County Courthouse]<br>&nbsp;404 Washington<br> Anahuac, TX 77514<br> Phone: 409.267.8309&nbsp;<br><br>County Clerk has birth records from 1903, death records from 1908, <br>marriage, probate court and land records from 1875 and divorce records <br>from 1910<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Chambers County, Texas. Page 660 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
The county's third courthouse was built in Anahuac in 1912.&nbsp; This courthouse burned in 1935, and was replaced in 1936 with the current courthouse, a modern limetone and cement building.<br>  
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'''Chambers County Courthouse'''<br>Heather H. Hawthorne - County Clerk<br>404 Washington Ave<br>P. O. Box 728<br>Anahuac, Texas 77514<br>(409) 267- 2418<br>(409) 267-8315 FAX<br>[http://www.co.chambers.tx.us/ Chambers County Government website]
 
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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'''1858--'''Chambers County was created 12 February 1858 from [[Jefferson County, Texas|Jefferson]] and [[Liberty County, Texas|Liberty <span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1229133738734_870" />]]Counties. '''County seat:''' Anahuac <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
 
'''1858--'''Chambers County was created 12 February 1858 from [[Jefferson County, Texas|Jefferson]] and [[Liberty County, Texas|Liberty <span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1229133738734_870" />]]Counties. '''County seat:''' Anahuac <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
The county was named for Thomas Jefferson Chambers, (1802-1865), a&nbsp; lawyer and land speculator, was born in Orange County, Virginia, on April 13, 1802, the youngest of twenty children of Thomas Chambers and the ninth of his second wife, Mary (Gore).
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The county was named for Thomas Jefferson Chambers, (1802-1865), a&nbsp; lawyer and land speculator, was born in Orange County, Virginia, on April 13, 1802, the youngest of twenty children of Thomas Chambers and the ninth of his second wife, Mary (Gore).  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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See an interactive map of Chambers County [http://www.n2genealogy.com/texas/tx-maps.html border changes].
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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'''1875'''--Chambers County Courthouse in Wallisville and most, if not all, county records were destroyed by fire on December 2, 1875.  
 
'''1875'''--Chambers County Courthouse in Wallisville and most, if not all, county records were destroyed by fire on December 2, 1875.  
  
'''1935'''--Chambers County Courthouse in Anahuac destroyed by fire on April 28, 1935.&nbsp; All records were saved. <ref>GenDisasters.com - Anahuac, TX Chambers County Courthouse Fire, Apr 1935 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/18201/anahuac-tx-chambers-county-courthouse-fire-apr-1935</ref>
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'''1935'''--Chambers County Courthouse in Anahuac destroyed by fire on April 28, 1935.&nbsp; All records were saved. <ref>GenDisasters.com - Anahuac, TX Chambers County Courthouse Fire, Apr 1935 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/18201/anahuac-tx-chambers-county-courthouse-fire-apr-1935</ref>  
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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Anahuac | Baytown (mostly in [[Harris County, Texas|Harris]] County) | Beach City | Cove | Hankamer | Monroe City | Mont Belview | Oak Island | Old River-Winfree | Seabreeze | Smith Point | Stowell | Turtle Bayou | Wallisville | Winnie
  
 
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
==== Church  ====
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===== Additional Cemetery Sources  =====
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*[http://chamberscountygenealogy.com/cemeteries/cemetery-index/ Chambers County Cemetery List] from the Chambers County TXGenWeb site
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/chambers/cemeteries/anahuac.txt Anachuac Cemetery] &nbsp;- &nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project.<br>
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*[http://www.interment.net/us/tx/chambers.htm Chambers County Cemeteries] &nbsp;- &nbsp;Interment.net<br>
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*Chambers County Cemetery Index - USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScnty=2555 FindAGrave] - transcriptions and photographs of Chambers County cemeteries
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==== Church ====
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{{TX Church Intro}}
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==== Census  ====
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[http://chamberscountygenealogy.com/records/census-tax-rolls-court-records/1840-cove-chambers-county-texas-census/ 1840 Cove Census] &nbsp;- &nbsp;TXGenWeb
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[http://chamberscountygenealogy.com/records/census-tax-rolls-court-records/petition-of-settlers-1832-1833/ Petition of Settlers] &nbsp;- &nbsp;TXGenWeb
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==== Land ====
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{{TX Land}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{TX County Histories}}
  
*''Chambers County: A Pictorial History, ''1988 by Margaret S. Henson and Kevin Ladd.<br>
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*[http://chamberscountygenealogy.com/records/census-tax-rolls-court-records/1850-chambers-county-families/ Chambers County Families ]- index of names &nbsp;- &nbsp;TXGenWeb
*[http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcc09 Chambers County History] from the Handbook of Texas Online
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*''Chambers County: A Pictorial History, ''1988 by Margaret S. Henson and Kevin Ladd.<br>  
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*[http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcc09 Chambers County History] from the Handbook of Texas Online  
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*[http://chamberscountygenealogy.com/records/bibliographies/ Chambers County Bibliography] - &nbsp;TXGenWeb
  
 
==== Maps&nbsp;  ====
 
==== Maps&nbsp;  ====
  
[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site  
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[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://chamberscountygenealogy.com/military/republic-of-texas-militia-1842/ Republic of Texas Militia 1842] &nbsp;- &nbsp;TXGenWeb
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*[http://chamberscountygenealogy.com/military/chambers-county-in-the-confederacy/ Chambers County in the Confederancy] - TXGenWeb
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/chambers/military/civilwar/pensions/chambcsa.txt Confederate Pension Applications Index] &nbsp;- &nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/chambers/military/civilwar/pensions/chambngt.txt Confederate Indigent Families] - &nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Chambers}}
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[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaperarchive.com] ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=94&ci=10741 Galveston newspapers] from the early 1800's.
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
  
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{{TX Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
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{{TX Vital Intro}}
  
*[http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [no images] 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://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1375599Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.  
*[http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=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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*[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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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/chambers/vitals/marriages/ Chambers County Marriages ]- &nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/chambers/vitals/divorces/ Chambers County Divorces] - USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/chambers/vitals/births/ Chambers County Births] &nbsp;- &nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
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*[http://chamberscountygenealogy.com/ Chambers County TXGenWeb site]
 
*[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.
  
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County Courthouse

Chambers County Courthouse
 404 Washington
Anahuac, TX 77514
Phone: 409.267.8309 

County Clerk has birth records from 1903, death records from 1908,
marriage, probate court and land records from 1875 and divorce records
from 1910[1]


History

The first permanent settlement began in 1821 when the Spanish established a fortress at Anahuac and allowed American colonists to enter.

Parent County

1858--Chambers County was created 12 February 1858 from Jefferson and Liberty Counties. County seat: Anahuac [2]

The county was named for Thomas Jefferson Chambers, (1802-1865), a  lawyer and land speculator, was born in Orange County, Virginia, on April 13, 1802, the youngest of twenty children of Thomas Chambers and the ninth of his second wife, Mary (Gore).

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Chambers County border changes.

Record Loss

1875--Chambers County Courthouse in Wallisville and most, if not all, county records were destroyed by fire on December 2, 1875.

1935--Chambers County Courthouse in Anahuac destroyed by fire on April 28, 1935.  All records were saved. [3]

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Anahuac | Baytown (mostly in Harris County) | Beach City | Cove | Hankamer | Monroe City | Mont Belview | Oak Island | Old River-Winfree | Seabreeze | Smith Point | Stowell | Turtle Bayou | Wallisville | Winnie

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

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

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Findagrave.com

Family History Library

Findagrave.com

Interment.net

WorldCat

Names in Stone

USGenWeb


Billion Graves

Billion Graves


Epodunk

Cemeteries of Texas



Names in Stone



See Texas Cemeteries for more information.
Additional Cemetery Sources

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.


Census

1840 Cove Census  -  TXGenWeb

Court

Petition of Settlers  -  TXGenWeb

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.


Local Histories

Local histories are available for Chambers 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.

Maps 

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

Military

Newspapers

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

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

Newspaperarchive.com ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has Galveston newspapers from the early 1800's.

Probate

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.

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Chambers County, Texas. Page 660 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. GenDisasters.com - Anahuac, TX Chambers County Courthouse Fire, Apr 1935 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/18201/anahuac-tx-chambers-county-courthouse-fire-apr-1935