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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Texas Counties H|Counties H]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] Harris County'' <br>
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Guide to '''Harris 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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{{Click|Image:TX_ORP.png|Texas Online Genealogy Records|left}}<br>
  
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Harris County
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| state = Texas
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| founded year = 1836
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| founded date = 17 March
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| seat = Houston
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| building address = Harris County Courthouse<br>1001 Preston 4th Floor<br>Houston, TX 77251-1525}}<br>
  
'''&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;'''
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== County Information ==
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== County Courthouse  ==
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==== County Courthouse  ====
  
[http://www.harriscountytx.gov/ Harris County Courthouse]<br> 1001 Preston 4th Floor<br> Houston, TX 77251-1525<br> Phone: 713.755.6405 <br><br>County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903, <br>marriage and land records from 1836, probate records<br>form late 1800’s, court&nbsp; records from 1920’s and <br>immirgration records 1880-1890; District Clerk has divorce<br>records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Harris County, Texas. Page 665 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>  
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[http://www.harriscountytx.gov/ Harris County Courthouse]<br> 1001 Preston 4th Floor<br> Houston, TX 77251-1525<br> Phone:713.755.6405 <br><br>County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903, <br>marriage and land records from 1836, probate records<br>form late 1800’s, court&nbsp; records from 1920’s and <br>immirgration records 1880-1890; District Clerk has divorce<br>records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Harris County, Texas. Page 665 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>  
  
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'''County Clerk'''
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P. O. Box 1525<br>Houston 77251<br>Phone: 713-755-6438
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<br>'''District Clerk'''
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Physical Address<br>201 Caroline, Suite 420<br>Houston, Texas 77002
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Mailing Address<br>P.O. Box 4651<br>Houston 77210<br>Phone:713-755-5715 <br>
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==== Harris 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%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Probate |Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1903
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1837
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1850
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1837
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1831
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1836--'''Harris County was created 17 March 1836 from Old Mexican Municipality. '''County seat:''' Houston <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1836--'''Harris County was created 17 March 1836 from Old Mexican Municipality.<br>
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*'''County seat:''' Houston <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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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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==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
  
Baytown | Bellaire | Bunker Hill Village | Deer Park | El Lago | Fairbanks | Galena Park | Hedwig Village | Hilshire Village | Houston | Humble | Hunters Creek Village | Jacinto City | Jersey Village | Katy (partly in [[Fort Bend County, Texas|Fort Bend]] and [[Waller County, Texas|Waller]] Counties) | La Porte | Morgans Point | Nassau Bay | Pasadena | Piney Point Village | Seabrook | Shore Acres | South Houston | Southside Place | Spring Valley Village | Taylor Lake Village | Tomball | Webster | West University Place<br>  
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Baytown | Bellaire | Bunker Hill Village | Deer Park | El Lago | Fairbanks | Galena Park | Hedwig Village | Hilshire Village | Houston | Humble | Hunters Creek Village | Jacinto City | Jersey Village | Katy (partly in [[Fort Bend County, Texas Genealogy|Fort Bend]] and [[Waller County, Texas Genealogy|Waller]] Counties) | La Porte | Morgans Point | Nassau Bay | Pasadena | Piney Point Village | Seabrook | Shore Acres | South Houston | Southside Place | Spring Valley Village | Taylor Lake Village | Tomball | Webster | West University Place<br>  
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Brazoria County, Texas|Brazoria]]  
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[[Brazoria County, Texas Genealogy|Brazoria]] {{•}} [[Chambers County, Texas Genealogy|Chambers]] {{•}} [[Fort Bend County, Texas Genealogy|Fort Bend]] {{•}} [[Galveston County, Texas Genealogy|Galveston]] {{•}} [[Liberty County, Texas Genealogy|Liberty]] {{•}} [[Montgomery County, Texas Genealogy|Montgomery]] {{•}} [[Waller County, Texas Genealogy|Waller]]  
*[[Chambers County, Texas|Chambers]]  
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<center>{{TXHARRIS County, Texas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Fort Bend County, Texas|Fort Bend]]  
 
*[[Galveston County, Texas|Galveston]]  
 
*[[Liberty County, Texas|Liberty]]  
 
*[[Montgomery County, Texas|Montgomery]]  
 
*[[Waller County, Texas|Waller]]
 
 
 
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
''At Rest: A Historical Directory of Harris County, Texas Cemeteries (1822-2001) Including Burial Customs and Other Interesting Facts, With a Listing of Past and Present Communities, Funeral Homes and Monument Companies'', by Trevia Wooster Beverly,&nbsp; Houston: Tejas Publications &amp; Research, c. 1995; 2001.  
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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=2620&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n FindAGrave] 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|487093|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=2620 FindAGrave]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/harris-tx-genealogy/cem/ Linkpendium]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Texas+Harris+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/harris.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/Harris/ListHarris.html Cemeteries of TX]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/harris/cemeteries.htm GenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texascemeteries.org/harris/harris-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=Harris&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves (cemetery)]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=101 TX Gravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txharri2/cemeteries/index_cemeteries.htm TXGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=22676&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=102&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/harris.htm Interment]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3"|See [[Texas Cemeteries|Texas Cemeteries]] for more information.  
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[http://www.glenwoodcemetery.org/about/ Glenwood Cemetery established in 1871 by the Houston Cemetery Company]
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''Additional Cemetery Sources''
  
BillionGraves:  
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*''At Rest: A Historical Directory of Harris County, Texas Cemeteries (1822-2001) Including Burial Customs and Other Interesting Facts, With a Listing of Past and Present Communities, Funeral Homes and Monument Companies'', by Trevia Wooster Beverly,&nbsp; Houston: Tejas Publications &amp; Research, c. 1995; 2001.
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*[http://www.glenwoodcemetery.org/about/ Glenwood Cemetery established in 1871 by the Houston Cemetery Company]
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*[http://www.WashingtonCemetery.org Washington Cemetery established in 1887 by the ''Deutsche Gesellschaft von Houston'']
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*[http://www2.houstonlibrary.org/clayton/collections_Texas_death_records.html Houston &amp; Texas Death Records Webpage]
  
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=101726 Alief Cemetery, Houston]
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==== Census ====
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=104735 Crosby Cemetery, Barrett] One of two cemeteries on FM 1942, the other is just north of this one.
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=158949 Earthman Resthaven Cemetery, Houston]
 
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=102298 Ehrhardt Cemetery, Houston]
 
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=104897 Evergreen Cemetery, Crosby]
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=147503 Houston National Cemetery, Houston]
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=160112 Hufsmith Cemetery (also known as Bogs Cemetery), Tomball]
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=160120 Olivewood Cemetery, Houston]
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=106234 Sacred Heart Cemetery, Barrett] One of the cemeteries on FM 1942 described above.
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=103715 Saint John Cemetery, Cypress]
 
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=104211 Willow Creek Cemetery, Tomball]
 
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=102224 de Zavalla Cemetery, Channelview]
 
  
 
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==== Church  ====
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{TX Land}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
  
[http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=eksel7bab&et=1108865375265&s=32403&e=001UOKS7_A27wZjcFnqnA7wA5BMbIuL-sWkPSBwG9UgixeMOS0NXktSgvQMYAgCNVvWLV3_-XalsAq-TH8RuXUtGDmsLy0wmRID9C9jgm07omrO-wug6ychzvQa3MXJ1149t41d9nbVM0sqjvliNyKYWQ== Houston Public Library/Claton Library Center for Genealogical Research]  
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{{TX County Histories}}
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*[http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=eksel7bab&et=1108865375265&s=32403&e=001UOKS7_A27wZjcFnqnA7wA5BMbIuL-sWkPSBwG9UgixeMOS0NXktSgvQMYAgCNVvWLV3_-XalsAq-TH8RuXUtGDmsLy0wmRID9C9jgm07omrO-wug6ychzvQa3MXJ1149t41d9nbVM0sqjvliNyKYWQ== Houston Public Library/Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research]
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== 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:Txharris.jpg|400px|Txharris.jpg]] [http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm] <br>
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*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site  
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*'''1897''' [http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/maps/texas-maps/tx-harris-county-texas-1897-map.html Map of 1897 Harris County, Texas] with numerous small settlements. (My Genealogy Hound)<br>
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*'''1838 - 1900''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2059 Texas Muster Roll Index Cards] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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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] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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=====Civil War=====
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932381|Texas, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932425|Texas, Civil War Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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=====World War I=====
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*'''1917 - 1920''' - {{RecordSearch|2202707|Texas, World War I Records, 1917-1920}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Harris}}
  
 
*[http://www.houstonchronicle.com Houston Chronicle] Newspaper  
 
*[http://www.houstonchronicle.com Houston Chronicle] Newspaper  
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==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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{{TX Probate Intro}}
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1800 – 1990''' {{RecordSearch|2016287|Texas Probate Records}} 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] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{TX Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
*{{RecordSearch|1320964|Texas Deaths, 1890-1976}} (FamilySearch) - The name index was created by FamilySearch and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903 and in many counties prior to 1910. Fold3.com also has [http://www.fold3.com/title_479/texas_death_certificates Texas Deaths, 1890-1976] ($) available online.
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{{TX Vital Intro}}  
  
*{{RecordSearch|1375599|Texas Death Index, 1964-1998}} (FamilySearch) - Index to Texas statewide death certificates covering 4 million deaths since 1964.
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*Harris County Clerk Searchable Indexes http://www.cclerk.hctx.net/applications/websearch/
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===== Birth  =====
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''Online Birth Indexes and Records''
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*'''1840-1981''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1681015 Texas, Births and Christenings, 1840-1981] - FamilySearch
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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
  
*Harris County Clerk Searchable Indexes http://www.cclerk.hctx.net/applications/websearch/
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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/catalog/1803985 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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===== Death  =====
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''Online Death Indexes and Records''
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*'''1890-1976''' {{RecordSearch|1983324|Texas Deaths, 1890-1976}} (FamilySearch) - The name index was created by FamilySearch and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903 and in many counties prior to 1910. Fold3.com also has [http://www.fold3.com/title_479/texas_death_certificates Texas Deaths, 1890-1976] ($) available online.  
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*'''1903-1973'''  {{RecordSearch|1681049|Texas Deaths and Burials 1903-1973}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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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''' {{RecordSearch|1375599|Texas Death Index, 1964-1998}} (FamilySearch) - Index to Texas statewide death certificates covering 4 million deaths since 1964.
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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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*'''1968-2005''' [http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records 1968 - 2005&nbsp;] (index)&nbsp; -&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
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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 $
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
*[http://www.hpl.lib.tx.us/clayton Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research]<br>5300 Caroline <br>Houston, Texas Part of the Houston Public Library system it is on its own two full city block complex with multiple buildings. One of the nations' "top ten," and the "jewel" in Houston's genealogy crown.  
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'''Harris County Genealogical Society'''<br>PO Box 391<br>Pasadena 77501<br><br>
*[http://www.baytownhistory.org/ Baytown Historical Preservation Association ]<br>PO Box 1244 <br>Baytown TX 77522-1244.<br>Living History Museum Complex at the Republic of Texas Plaza <br>5117 North Main St.  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txthags/ Humble Area Genealogical Society] <br>Following ancestral footsteps in and around Atascocita, Crosby, Huffman, Kingwood, New Caney, Porter, Splendora, and Humble, Texas.  
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'''Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research'''<br>5300 Caroline <br>Houston, Texas<br>Part of the Houston Public Library system it is on its own two full city block complex with multiple buildings. One of the nations' "top ten," and the "jewel" in Houston's genealogy crown.<br>*[http://www.hpl.lib.tx.us/clayton website]<br><br>
*[http://www.chaparralgensoc.org/ Chaparral Genealogical Society]<br>310 North Live Oak <br>P.O. Box 606, Tomball, TX. 77377-0606<br>281-516-7417<br>Library Hours: Mon.- Wed. 10-2 Sat. 10-2<br>Closed 4th Sat. of every month. <br>  
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*[http://www.atascocita-kingwoodgenealogicalsociety.org Atascocita-Kingwood Genealogical Society]
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'''Baytown Historical Preservation Association'''<br>PO Box 1244 <br>Baytown TX 77522-1244<br>[http://www.baytownhistory.org/ Website]<br><br>
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'''Living History Museum Complex at the Republic of Texas Plaza '''<br>5117 North Main St. <br><br>
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'''Humble Area Genealogical Society'''<br>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txthags/ Website] <br>Following ancestral footsteps in and around Atascocita, Crosby, Huffman, Kingwood, New Caney, Porter, Splendora, and Humble, Texas.<br><br>
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'''Chaparral Genealogical Society'''<br>310 North Live Oak <br>PO Box 606, Tomball<br> TX. 77377-0606<br>Telephone Number: 281-516-7417<br>[http://www.chaparralgensoc.org/ Website]<br>Library Hours: Mon.- Wed. 10-2 Sat. 10-2<br>Closed 4th Sat. of every month. <br><br>
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'''Atascocita-Kingwood Genealogical Society'''<br>PO Box 5214<br> Kingwood, TX 77325<br>[http://www.atascocita-kingwoodgenealogicalsociety.org Website]<br><br>
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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}}
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*[[Baytown Texas Family History Center]]  
 
*[[Baytown Texas Family History Center]]  
 
*[[Clear Lake Texas Family History Center]] (Houston)<br>  
 
*[[Clear Lake Texas Family History Center]] (Houston)<br>  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txharri2/ Harris County Family History and Genealogy], a part of the [http://www.txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb] and [http://usgenweb.org/ USGenWeb] projects.  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txharri2/ Harris County Family History and Genealogy], a part of the [http://www.txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb] and [http://usgenweb.org/ USGenWeb] projects.  
*[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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*{{FHL|Texas Harris|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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Latest revision as of 23:25, 20 June 2017

United States
Texas
Harris County

Guide to Harris 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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Harris County, Texas
Map
Map of Texas highlighting Harris County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Texas
Location of Texas in the U.S.
Facts
Founded 17 March, 1836
County Seat Houston
Courthouse
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Address Harris County Courthouse
1001 Preston 4th Floor
Houston, TX 77251-1525
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County Information


County Courthouse

Harris County Courthouse
1001 Preston 4th Floor
Houston, TX 77251-1525
Phone:713.755.6405

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage and land records from 1836, probate records
form late 1800’s, court  records from 1920’s and
immirgration records 1880-1890; District Clerk has divorce
records[1]

County Clerk

P. O. Box 1525
Houston 77251
Phone: 713-755-6438


District Clerk

Physical Address
201 Caroline, Suite 420
Houston, Texas 77002

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 4651
Houston 77210
Phone:713-755-5715

Harris County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1837 1850 1837 1831


History

Parent County

1836--Harris County was created 17 March 1836 from Old Mexican Municipality.

  • County seat: Houston [2]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Harris County border changes.

Record Loss

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

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Baytown | Bellaire | Bunker Hill Village | Deer Park | El Lago | Fairbanks | Galena Park | Hedwig Village | Hilshire Village | Houston | Humble | Hunters Creek Village | Jacinto City | Jersey Village | Katy (partly in Fort Bend and Waller Counties) | La Porte | Morgans Point | Nassau Bay | Pasadena | Piney Point Village | Seabrook | Shore Acres | South Houston | Southside Place | Spring Valley Village | Taylor Lake Village | Tomball | Webster | West University Place

Neighboring Counties

Brazoria  • Chambers  • Fort Bend  • Galveston  • Liberty  • Montgomery  • Waller

Waller CountyMontgomery CountyLiberty CountyChambers CountyGalveston CountyBrazoria CountyFort Bend CountyHarris CountyTX HARRIS.JPG

Resources

Cemeteries

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

Additional Cemetery Sources

Census

Church

Court

Education

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 Harris 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

Txharris.jpg [1]

Military

Mexican-American War
Civil War
World War I

Newspapers

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

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

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

Harris County Genealogical Society
PO Box 391
Pasadena 77501

Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research
5300 Caroline
Houston, Texas
Part of the Houston Public Library system it is on its own two full city block complex with multiple buildings. One of the nations' "top ten," and the "jewel" in Houston's genealogy crown.
*website

Baytown Historical Preservation Association
PO Box 1244
Baytown TX 77522-1244
Website

Living History Museum Complex at the Republic of Texas Plaza
5117 North Main St.

Humble Area Genealogical Society
Website
Following ancestral footsteps in and around Atascocita, Crosby, Huffman, Kingwood, New Caney, Porter, Splendora, and Humble, Texas.

Chaparral Genealogical Society
310 North Live Oak
PO Box 606, Tomball
TX. 77377-0606
Telephone Number: 281-516-7417
Website
Library Hours: Mon.- Wed. 10-2 Sat. 10-2
Closed 4th Sat. of every month.

Atascocita-Kingwood Genealogical Society
PO Box 5214
Kingwood, TX 77325
Website


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

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Harris County, Texas. Page 665 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).