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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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Guide to '''Chambers 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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== <br>County Courthouse  ==
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Chambers County
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| county_map = Tx-chambers.png
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| state = Texas
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| founded year = 1858
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| founded date = 12 February
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| seat = Anahuac
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| building image = TexasChambersCourthouse.jpg
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| building address = Chambers County Courthouse<br>404 Washington<br>Anahuac, Tx 77514}}
  
[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>  
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== County Information ==
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=== County Courthouse  ===
  
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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<br><br>
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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>
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'''County Clerk'''
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P.O. Box 728<br>Anahuac 77514<br>Phone: 409-267-8312
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'''District Clerk'''
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P.O. Drawer NN<br>Anahuac 77514<br>Phone: 409-267-8276
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==== Chambers 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" |1876
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1860
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1875
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1876
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
The first permanent settlement began in 1821 when the Spanish established a fortress at Anahuac and allowed American colonists to enter.  
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'''1821--'''The first permanent settlement began in 1821 when the Spanish established a fortress at Anahuac and allowed American colonists to enter.  
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''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>  
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'''1858--'''Chambers County was created 12 February 1858 from [[Jefferson County, Texas Genealogy|Jefferson]] and [[Liberty County, Texas Genealogy|Liberty <span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1229133738734_870" />]]Counties.<br>
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*'''County seat:''' Anahuac <ref>''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).  
 
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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'''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  ==
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Chambers, Anahuac|place|disp=Anahuac}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Chambers, Mont Belvieu|place|disp=Mont Belvieu}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Chambers, Stowell|place|disp=Stowell}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Chambers, Winnie|place|disp=Winnie}}
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
  
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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Anahuac | Baytown (mostly in [[Harris County, Texas Genealogy|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  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Galveston County, Texas|Galveston]]  
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[[Galveston County, Texas Genealogy|Galveston]] {{•}} [[Harris County, Texas Genealogy|Harris]] {{•}} [[Jefferson County, Texas Genealogy|Jefferson]] {{•}} [[Liberty County, Texas Genealogy|Liberty]]  
*[[Harris County, Texas|Harris]]  
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<center>{{TX Chambers County, Texas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Jefferson County, Texas|Jefferson]]  
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== Resources  ==
*[[Liberty County, Texas|Liberty]]
 
  
== Resources ==
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==== African American ====
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*'''1865 - 1870''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1989155 Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records, 1865-1870](images) - FamilySearch<br>
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*[http://chamberscountygenealogy.com/cemeteries/cemetery-index/ Chambers County Cemetery List] from the Chambers County TXGenWeb site
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
*[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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| 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=2555&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n FindAGrave] 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|471577|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=2555 FindAGrave]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=36 TX Gravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Texas+Chambers+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/chambers.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/Chambers/ListChambers.html Cemeteries of TX]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/chambers/chamtoc.htm GenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texascemeteries.org/chambers/chambers-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=Chambers&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves (cemetery)]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/chambers-tx-genealogy/cem/ Linkpendium]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://chamberscountygenealogy.com/cemeteries/cemetery-index/ TXGenWeb Cemeteries]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=22611&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=32&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/tx/chambers.htm Interment]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3"|See [[Texas Cemeteries|Texas Cemeteries]] for more information.
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==== Census  ====
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{{US Census population
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|1860= 1508
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|1870= 1503
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|1880= 2187
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|1890= 2241
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|1900= 3046
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|1910= 4234
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|1920= 4162
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|1930= 5710
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|1940= 7511
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|1950= 7871
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|1960= 10379
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|1970= 12187
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|1980= 18538
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|1990= 20088
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|2000= 26031
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|2010= 35096
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}}
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{TX Church Intro}}
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
  
[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/1840-cove-chambers-county-texas-census/ '''1840''' Cove Census] - TXGenWeb
  
 
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==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
[http://chamberscountygenealogy.com/records/census-tax-rolls-court-records/petition-of-settlers-1832-1833/ Petition of Settlers] &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
  
 
==== 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}} — index and images
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{TX County Histories}}
  
 
*[http://chamberscountygenealogy.com/records/census-tax-rolls-court-records/1850-chambers-county-families/ Chambers County Families ]- index of names &nbsp;- &nbsp;TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://chamberscountygenealogy.com/records/census-tax-rolls-court-records/1850-chambers-county-families/ Chambers County Families ]- index of names &nbsp;- &nbsp;TXGenWeb  
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*[http://chamberscountygenealogy.com/records/bibliographies/ Chambers County Bibliography] - &nbsp;TXGenWeb
 
*[http://chamberscountygenealogy.com/records/bibliographies/ Chambers County Bibliography] - &nbsp;TXGenWeb
  
==== Maps&nbsp; ====
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==== Maps  ====
  
[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site  
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[[Image:Txchambers.jpg|400px|Txchambers.jpg]] [http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
*[http://chamberscountygenealogy.com/military/republic-of-texas-militia-1842/ Republic of Texas Militia 1842] &nbsp;- &nbsp;TXGenWeb  
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=====Texas Revolution=====
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*'''1842''' - [http://chamberscountygenealogy.com/military/republic-of-texas-militia-1842/ Republic of Texas Militia 1842] - TXGenWeb  
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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 $
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=====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 '''$'''
 
*[http://chamberscountygenealogy.com/military/chambers-county-in-the-confederacy/ Chambers County in the Confederancy] - TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://chamberscountygenealogy.com/military/chambers-county-in-the-confederacy/ Chambers County in the Confederancy] - TXGenWeb  
*[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/chambcsa.txt Confederate Pension Applications Index] - USGenWeb Archives Project  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/chambers/military/civilwar/pensions/chambngt.txt Confederate Indigent Families] - &nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/chambers/military/civilwar/pensions/chambngt.txt Confederate Indigent Families] - USGenWeb Archives Project
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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
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
  
[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaperarchive.com] ($) has historical newspapers available on-line. Their database has [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=94&ci=10741 Galveston newspapers] from the early 1800's.  
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Chambers}}
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*[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaperarchive.com] ($) 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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'''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://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{TX Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
*[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.
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{{TX Vital Intro}}
*[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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===== Birth  =====
*[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
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''Online Birth Indexes and Records''
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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) - FamilySearch
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/chambers/vitals/births/ Chambers County Births] - USGenWeb Archives Project
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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/1803987 Texas County Marriage Records, 1837-1977]
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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 ]
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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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*'''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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*'''1903 - 2000''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949337 ''Texas, Death Index, 1903-2000''] (index) - FamilySearch
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*'''1964 - 1998''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1375599Texas]
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*'''1977 - 1986'''  {{RecordSearch|1930157|Texas Deaths 1977-1986}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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===== Divorce  =====
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*'''1968 - 2010'''  {{RecordSearch|2038378|Texas Divorce Index 1968-2010}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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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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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/chambers/vitals/divorces/ Chambers County Divorces] - USGenWeb Archives Project
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
== Web Sites ==
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== Websites ==
  
 
*[http://chamberscountygenealogy.com/ Chambers County TXGenWeb site]  
 
*[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.
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*[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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Latest revision as of 17:13, 3 October 2017

United States
Texas
Chambers County

Guide to Chambers 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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Chambers County, Texas
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Location in the state of Texas
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Facts
Founded 12 February, 1858
County Seat Anahuac
Courthouse
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Address Chambers County Courthouse
404 Washington
Anahuac, Tx 77514
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County Information


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]

County Clerk

P.O. Box 728
Anahuac 77514
Phone: 409-267-8312

District Clerk

P.O. Drawer NN
Anahuac 77514
Phone: 409-267-8276

Chambers County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1876 1860 1875 1876


History

1821--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

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

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

Galveston  • Harris  • Jefferson  • Liberty

Harris CountyLiberty CountyJefferson CountyChambers CountyGalveston CountyBrazoria CountyTX Liberty 2.JPG
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Resources

African American

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
Names in Stone Interment
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18601,508
18701,503−0.3%
18802,18745.5%
18902,2412.5%
19003,04635.9%
19104,23439.0%
19204,162−1.7%
19305,71037.2%
19407,51131.5%
19507,8714.8%
196010,37931.9%
197012,18717.4%
198018,53852.1%
199020,0888.4%
200026,03129.6%
201035,09634.8%

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

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 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

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

Military

Texas Revolution
Mexican-American War
Civil War

Online Records

World War I

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).

Probate

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

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

  • Chambers County TXGenWeb site
  • 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), 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