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{{stub}}''[[United States|United States&nbsp;]] &gt; [[Texas|Texas]]&nbsp;&gt; [[Texas Counties F|Counties F]] &gt; Fort Bend County'' <br>
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties F|Counties F]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Fort Bend County'' <br>{{Adoption Hidden Ancestors}} {{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Fort Bend County
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| county_map = Tx-fort-bend.png
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| state = Texas
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| state_map = Texas.png
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| founded year = 1837
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| founded date = December 29
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| seat wl = Richmond
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}}
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
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[http://www.courtreference.com/Fort-Bend-County-Texas-Courts.htm Fort Bend County Courthouse]<br> 301 Jackson St; PO Box 520 <br>Richmond, TX 77469<br> Phone: 281.341.8685 <br>
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County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,&nbsp; <br>marriage and land records from 1838, probate records <br>from 1836 and court records from 1876<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Fort Bend County, Texas. Page 664 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1837--'''Fort Bend County was created 29 December 1837 from Austin County. '''County seat:''' Jackson <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1837--'''Fort Bend County was created 29 December 1837 from [[Austin County, Texas|Austin]], [[Brazoria County, Texas|Brazoria]], and [[Harris County, Texas|Harris]] Counties. <ref>Handbook of Texas Online: Fort Bend County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcf07</ref>&nbsp; '''County seat:''' Richmond <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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Arcola | Beasley | Fairchilds | Fulshear | Houston (mostly in [[Harris County, Texas|Harris]] County) | Katy (mostly in [[Harris County, Texas|Harris]] and [[Waller County, Texas|Waller]] Counties) | Meadows Place | Missouri City | Needville | Orchard | Pleak | Richmond | Rosenberg | Simonton | Stafford | Sugar Land | Thompsons | Weston Lakes<br>
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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*[[Austin County, Texas|Austin]]
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*[[Brazoria County, Texas|Brazoria]]
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*[[Harris County, Texas|Harris]]
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*[[Matagorda County, Texas|Matagorda]]
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*[[Waller County, Texas|Waller]]
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*[[Wharton County, Texas|Wharton]]
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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==== African American  ====
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~aagriots/TX/texas.htm Texas African American Griots]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb
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*[http://www.afrigeneas.com AfriGeneas]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;African Ancestored Genealogy
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/african/texas/index.htm Texas African American Genealogy]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Access Genealogy
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/fortbend/forttoc.htm Fort Bend County Cemeteries]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[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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*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/tx/ African American Cemeteries Online]&nbsp;~ Partial index/transcriptions of African American cemeteries
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*[http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/junction/CJ-TX-NDX.html Cemetery Junction]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links to cemetery transcriptions
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Individual cemeteries:
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*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=103178 Morton Cemetery, Richmond] BillionGraves
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=103762 San Grabiel Cemetery, Richmond] BillionGraves
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==== Census  ====
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{{USCensusPop
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|1900 = 16538
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|1910 = 18168
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|1920 = 22931
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|1930 = 29718
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|1940 = 32963
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|1950 = 31056
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|1960 = 40527
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|1970 = 52314
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|1980 = 130846
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|1990 = 225421
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|2000 = 354452
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|2010 = 585375
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}}&nbsp;
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/fortbend/census/1850/1850indx.txt 1850 Census Index by Surname]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/fortbend/census/1850/pg00225.txt 1850 Census Pages&nbsp;] ~&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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*[http://www.churchangel.com/texas.htm Texas Christian Church Directory ]~ ChurchAngel
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*[http://www.dioceseofbmt.org/parishes/index.html Catholic Parishes in Texas]
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/fortbend/land/abstract.txt Land Survey Abstract Indicies&nbsp;] ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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*''History of Fort Bend County,containing biographical sketches of many noted characters,'' 1904, by Andrew Jackson Sowell.
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*''The Book of Fort Bend County, ''1926, compiled by S. A. McMillan.
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*''The History of Fort Bend County, 1822-1861,'' 1939 by Jim L. Bridges.
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*''Wharton's History of Fort Bend County, ''1939, by Clarence Wharton.<br>
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*''Fort Bend County Sesquicentennial, 1822-1972,'' 1972, by the Fort Bend County Sesquicentennial Association.<br>
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*''The Jay Bird Democratic Association of Fort Bend County,'' 1979, by Pauline Yelderman.
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*[http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcf07 Fort Bend County History] from the Handbook of Texas Online.
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/museums.html Texas Museums]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; List of all museums in Texas&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/maps.html Historical Maps]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; From the Republic to the Turn of the Century&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txfortbend/docs/wwiihonored.htm WWII Honor List&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; TXGenWeb
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/fortbend/military/cw/fortbngt.txt Civil War Indigent Families List]&nbsp;&nbsp;~&nbsp; USGenWeb
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/fortbend/military/cw/pensions/ftbencsa.txt Confederate Pension Applications]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb
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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/veterans.htm Honoring Our Veterans] ~ Partial index of veterans from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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*[http://www.hometownnews.com/tx.htm Home Town News]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Texas Newspaper Index with links
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*[http://newslink.org/txnews.html Newslink]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Texas Newspaper List (sorted by publication frequency)
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*[http://theoldentimes.com/oldtexas_main.html The Olden Times]&nbsp;&nbsp; -&nbsp;&nbsp; Historic Texas News Online
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==== Obituaries  ====
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*[http://communityinfo.fortbend.lib.tx.us/ipac20/ipac.jsp?profile=gen#focus Fort Bend County Obituary Database] searchable, online database of Fort Bend County related obituaries, from the Fort Bend County Libraries.
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/obituaryresources.html Obituary Resources] ~ Links to research and locate obituaries ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/obits/tx/obitstx.htm USGenWeb Archives Obituary Project]&nbsp;&nbsp;~&nbsp; Texas
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*[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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*[http://www.daddezio.com/obituary/depot/OB-TX-NDX.html Obituary Depot&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; Texas Newspaper Citations
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/obituaries.html Obituary Project] ~ Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~obituary/ Obituary Daily Times&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; Citations to over 15,000,000 obituaries including interactive search function
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=36 Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Ancestry.com&nbsp; (subscription)
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/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://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://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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*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Texas&nbsp; 1850 - 1930
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== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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*Fort Bend County Libraries[http://www.fortbend.lib.tx.us/ website]
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*George Memorial Library <br>(has extensive genealogy and history department on the second floor)<br>1001 Golfview Dr<br>Richmond, TX 77469<br>Phone: (281) 342-4455&nbsp; [http://www.fortbend.lib.tx.us/branches/gm.html website]
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==== Family History Center <br>  ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*[[Richmond Texas Family History Center]] (Sugar Land)<br>
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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
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/fortbend/forttoc.htm Fort Bend County Archives]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=193454&subject_disp=Texas%2C+Fort+Bend&columns=*,0,0 Family History Library Catalog]
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*[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txfortbend/index.htm Fort Bend County&nbsp; ]~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb
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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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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com Hidden Ancestors]&nbsp; Information on Texas genealogy research as well as genealogy research in general.  
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/tx/txfiles.htm USGenWeb Texas Archives] Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.
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*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Fort+Bend|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==
  
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Fort Bend County, Texas
Map
Map of Texas highlighting Fort Bend County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Texas
Location of Texas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded December 29, 1837
County Seat Richmond
Courthouse




County Courthouse

Fort Bend County Courthouse
301 Jackson St; PO Box 520
Richmond, TX 77469
Phone: 281.341.8685

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903, 
marriage and land records from 1838, probate records
from 1836 and court records from 1876[1]

History

Parent County

1837--Fort Bend County was created 29 December 1837 from Austin, Brazoria, and Harris Counties. [2]  County seat: Richmond [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Arcola | Beasley | Fairchilds | Fulshear | Houston (mostly in Harris County) | Katy (mostly in Harris and Waller Counties) | Meadows Place | Missouri City | Needville | Orchard | Pleak | Richmond | Rosenberg | Simonton | Stafford | Sugar Land | Thompsons | Weston Lakes

Neighboring Counties

Resources

African American


Cemeteries

Individual cemeteries:

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190016,538
191018,1689.9%
192022,93126.2%
193029,71829.6%
194032,96310.9%
195031,056−5.8%
196040,52730.5%
197052,31429.1%
1980130,846150.1%
1990225,42172.3%
2000354,45257.2%
2010585,37565.1%
 


Church

Court

Land

Local Histories

  • History of Fort Bend County,containing biographical sketches of many noted characters, 1904, by Andrew Jackson Sowell.
  • The Book of Fort Bend County, 1926, compiled by S. A. McMillan.
  • The History of Fort Bend County, 1822-1861, 1939 by Jim L. Bridges.
  • Wharton's History of Fort Bend County, 1939, by Clarence Wharton.
  • Fort Bend County Sesquicentennial, 1822-1972, 1972, by the Fort Bend County Sesquicentennial Association.
  • The Jay Bird Democratic Association of Fort Bend County, 1979, by Pauline Yelderman.
  • Fort Bend County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Texas Museums  ~  List of all museums in Texas  ~  Hidden Ancestors

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Obituaries

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records


Societies and Libraries

  • George Memorial Library
    (has extensive genealogy and history department on the second floor)
    1001 Golfview Dr
    Richmond, TX 77469
    Phone: (281) 342-4455  website

Family History Center

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Fort Bend County, Texas. Page 664 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Handbook of Texas Online: Fort Bend County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcf07
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).