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''[[United States|United States]] &gt;&nbsp;[[Texas|Texas]] &gt;&nbsp;[[Texas Counties H|Counties H]] &gt;&nbsp;Hidalgo County'' <br>{{Adoption Hidden Ancestors}} {{Infobox U.S. County
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties H|Counties H]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Hidalgo County'' <br>  
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Guide to '''Hidalgo County Texas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Infobox U.S. County
 
| county = Hidalgo County
 
| county = Hidalgo County
 
| county_map = Tx-hidalgo.png
 
| county_map = Tx-hidalgo.png
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| state_map = Texas.png  
 
| state_map = Texas.png  
 
| founded year = 1852
 
| founded year = 1852
| founded date = January24
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| founded date = January 24
 
| seat wl = Edinburg
 
| seat wl = Edinburg
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== County Courthouse  ==
  
== County Courthouse ==
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[http://www.co.hidalgo.tx.us/ Hidalgo County Courthouse]<br>County Clerk's Office<br>100 N. Closner P O Box 58<br>Edinburg, TX 78540<br>Phone: (956) 318-2100
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<br>County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, probate,<br>court and land records; Distric Clerk has divorce records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hidalgo County, Texas. Page 666 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref> <br>
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Hidalgo County has had four county seats: Edinburgh, Hidalgo, Hidalgo, Chapin (Edinburg).&nbsp; In 1852, the town of La Habitacion was renamed Edinburgh and became the county seat. Later, the name of the town was changed to Hidalgo. After a severe flood in 1886, the town was moved two miles north. Later, Edinburgh was moved away from the Rio Grande River - the present site and town of Hidalgo. In 1908, the town of Chapin became the county seat. In 1911, the town's name was changed to Edinburg.
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The last county courthouse in Hidalgo is still standing.&nbsp; Built in 1886, the building was once two story with a cupola; after a fire in the early 1900s, the building was repaired and rebuilt as one story.&nbsp;
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The 1908 Courthouse at Edinburg served the county for nearly 50 years. It was torn down in 1954, after the opening of the current modern structure. <ref>HistoricTexas.net: Hidalgo County http://www3.historictexas.net/hidalgo-county-texas</ref>&nbsp;<ref>TexasEscapes.com http://www.texasescapes.com/TOWNS/Edinburg_Texas/HidalgoCountyCourthouseEdinburgTexas.htm</ref>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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'''1852--'''Hidalgo County was created 24 January 1852 from [[Cameron County, Texas|Cameron]] and [[Starr County, Texas|Starr]] Counties. '''County seat:''' Edinburg <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
 
'''1852--'''Hidalgo County was created 24 January 1852 from [[Cameron County, Texas|Cameron]] and [[Starr County, Texas|Starr]] Counties. '''County seat:''' Edinburg <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
The county was named for Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla,(1753-1811). Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, the priest known as the "father of Mexican independence," was born on May 8, 1753, at his father's hacienda near Guanajuato, Mexico.&nbsp;  
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The county was named for Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, (1753-1811). Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, the priest known as the "father of Mexican independence," was born on May 8, 1753, at his father's hacienda near Guanajuato, Mexico.&nbsp;  
  
 
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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'''1886--'''Flood destroyed the town of Hidalgo, which at that time was the county seat. Presumably, the courthouse was also destroyed or heavily damaged.
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
  
Towns and Cities: Alamo, Alton, Donna, Edcouch, Edinburg, Elsa, Granjeno, Hidalgo, La Joya, La Villa, {{FHL|Texas%2C+Hidalgo%2C+McAllen|subject|disp=McAllen}}, Mercedes, Mission, Palmhurst, Palmview, Penitas, Pharr, {{FHL|Texas%2C+Hidalgo%2C+Progreso|subject|disp=Progreso}}, San Juan, Sullivan City, and Weslaco  
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'''Towns and Cities:''' Alamo | Alton | Donna | Edcouch | Edinburg | Elsa | Granjeno | Hidalgo | La Joya | La Villa | {{FHL|Texas%2C+Hidalgo%2C+McAllen|subject|disp=McAllen}} | Mercedes | Mission | Palmhurst | Palmview | Penitas | Pharr | {{FHL|Texas%2C+Hidalgo%2C+Progreso|subject|disp=Progreso}} | San Juan | Sullivan City | Weslaco  
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
==== African American ====
 
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~aagriots/TX/texas.htm Texas African American Griots]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb
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==== African American  ====
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com AfriGeneas]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;African Ancestored Genealogy
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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  
 
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/african/texas/index.htm Texas African American Genealogy]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Access Genealogy
 
*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/african/texas/index.htm Texas African American Genealogy]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Access Genealogy
  
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==== Cemeteries  ====
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| align="center" width="31%" bgcolor="#ffff99" | '''Online Grave Transcripts'''
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| align="center" width="31%" bgcolor="#dbbff7" | '''Published Grave Transcripts'''
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| align="center" bgcolor="#dbeadc" | '''County Cemetery Directories'''
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#eddffb" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Texas+Hidalgo+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2627 Findagrave.com ]
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[http://www.interment.net/us/tx/index.htm Interment.net]
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[http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
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[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html USGenWeb]
  
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[http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Etx/Hidalgo/ListHidalgo.html Cemeteries of Texas]<br>
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===== Additional Cemetery Sources =====
  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/hidalgo/hidaltoc.htm Hidalgo County Cemeteries&nbsp;] ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/hidalgo/hidaltoc.htm Hidalgo County Cemeteries&nbsp;] ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://txgenweb5.org/txhidalgo/resources/cemeteries.html Hidalgo County Cemeteries]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://txgenweb5.org/txhidalgo/resources/cemeteries.html Hidalgo County Cemeteries]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html Tombstone Transcription Project] ~ Partial transcription of cemetery tombstones ~ USGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html Tombstone Transcription Project] ~ Partial transcription of cemetery tombstones ~ USGenWeb  
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==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
 
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{{TX Church Intro}}
 
*[http://www.churchangel.com/texas.htm Texas Christian Church Directory ]~ ChurchAngel  
 
*[http://www.churchangel.com/texas.htm Texas Christian Church Directory ]~ ChurchAngel  
 
*[http://www.dioceseofbmt.org/parishes/index.html Catholic Parishes in Texas]
 
*[http://www.dioceseofbmt.org/parishes/index.html Catholic Parishes in Texas]
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/hidalgo/land/hidalgo.txt Land Survey Abstract Indicies]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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*''The Centennial Celebration of the Organization of Hidalgo County in Texas,'' 1952, by the Hidalgo County Centennial Corporation
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*''The Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas,'' 1954, by J. Lee and Lillian J. Stambaugh.
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*[http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hch14 Hidalgo County History] from the Handbook of Texas Online.
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/museums.html Texas Museums]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; List of all museums in Texas&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/museums.html Texas Museums]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; List of all museums in Texas&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
  
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==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/hidalgo/military/civilwar/pensions/hidalcsa.txt Civil War Pension Applications]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/hidalgo/military/civilwar/pensions/hidalcsa.txt Confederate Census Applications] USGenWeb Archives
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txhidalg/resources/union.html Union Texas Volunteers 1st Regiment] Hidalgo County TXGenWeb site
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txhidalg/resources/1890_veterans_schedule.html 1890 Veterans Schedule Census for Hidalgo County] Hidalgo County TXGenWeb site
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/worldwar/texas/hidalgo1.htm Hidalgo County World War II Casualties] (Four pages of names, be sure to click "next" at the bottom of the page to reach the name you are looking for).&nbsp; Access Genealogy website
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/hidalgo/military/koreanwar/casualties.txt Hidalgo County Korean War Casualties] ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/military.html Military Resources] ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom&nbsp;~&nbsp;Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/military.html Military Resources] ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom&nbsp;~&nbsp;Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/fallen_heroes.htm Fallen Heroes]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/fallen_heroes.htm Fallen Heroes]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors  
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==== Newspapers  ====
 
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Hidalgo}}
  
 
*[http://www.hometownnews.com/tx.htm Home Town News]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Texas Newspaper Index with links  
 
*[http://www.hometownnews.com/tx.htm Home Town News]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Texas Newspaper Index with links  
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==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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{{TX Probate Intro}}
  
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=36 Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Ancestry.com&nbsp; (subscription)
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=36 Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Ancestry.com&nbsp; (subscription)
  
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==== Taxation ====
 
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{{TX Tax Intro}}
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== 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://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.  
*[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.  
 
*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_marriage_records.htm Texas Marriage Records&nbsp; 1966 - 2005]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_marriage_records.htm Texas Marriage Records&nbsp; 1966 - 2005]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records&nbsp; 1968&nbsp;- 2005]&nbsp;&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records&nbsp; 1968&nbsp;- 2005]&nbsp;&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Texas&nbsp; 1850 - 1930
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*[http://www.usgwcensus.net/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Texas&nbsp; 1850 - 1930
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== Societies and Libraries  ==
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Alamo Public Library<br>416 N Tower Rd<br>Alamo, TX 78516<br>Phone: (956) 787-6160<br>[http://www.alamo.lib.tx.us/ Website]
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Donna Public Library<br>301 S Main St<br>Donna, TX 78537<br>Phone: (956) 464-2221<br>[http://www.donna.lib.tx.us/ Website]
  
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Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library<br>1906 S Closner Blvd<br>Edinburg, TX 78539<br>Phone: (956) 383-6246<br>[http://www.edinburg.lib.tx.us/ Website]
  
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Elsa Public Library<br>711 N Hidalgo St<br>Elsa, TX 78543<br>Phone: (956) 262-3061<br>[http://www.elsa.lib.tx.us/ Website]
  
Donna Public Library<br>301 S Main St<br>Donna, TX 78537<br>Phone: (956) 464-2221<br>[http://www.donna.lib.tx.us/ Website]
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Hidalgo Public Library<br>710 E Texano Dr<br>Hidalgo, TX 78557<br>Phone: (956) 843-2093<br>[http://www.hidalgo.lib.tx.us/ Website]  
  
<br>Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library<br>1906 S Closner Blvd<br>Edinburg, TX 78539<br>Phone: (956) 383-6246<br>[http://www.edinburg.lib.tx.us/ Website]
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La Joya Municipal Library<br>925 S Leo Ave<br>La Joya, TX 78560<br>Phone: (956) 581-4533<br>[http://www.lajoya.lib.tx.us/ Website]  
  
<br>Elsa Public Library<br>711 N Hidalgo St<br>Elsa, TX 78543<br>Phone: (956) 262-3061<br>[http://www.elsa.lib.tx.us/ Website]
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McAllen Memorial Library<br>601 N Main St<br>McAllen, TX 78501<br>Phone: (956) 688-3300<br>[http://www.mcallenlibrary.net/ Website]  
  
<br>Mercedes Memorial Library<br>434 S Ohio St<br>Mercedes, TX 78570<br>Phone: (956) 565-2371
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Mercedes Memorial Library<br>434 S Ohio St<br>Mercedes, TX 78570<br>Phone: (956) 565-2371  
  
<br>Speer Memorial Library<br>801 E 12th St<br>Mission, TX 78572<br>Phone: (956) 580-8750<br>[http://www.mission.lib.tx.us/ Website]
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Pharr Memorial Library<br>121 E Cherokee Ave<br>Pharr, TX 78577<br>Phone: (956) 787-3966<br>[http://www.cityofpharr.com/library Website]  
  
<br>Alamo Public Library<br>416 N Tower Rd<br>Alamo, TX 78516<br>Phone: (956) 787-6160<br>[http://www.alamo.lib.tx.us/ Website]
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Speer Memorial Library<br>801 E 12th St<br>Mission, TX 78572<br>Phone: (956) 580-8750<br>[http://www.mission.lib.tx.us/ Website]  
  
<br>Pharr Memorial Library<br>121 E Cherokee Ave<br>Pharr, TX 78577<br>Phone: (956) 787-3966<br>[http://www.cityofpharr.com/library Website]
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San Juan Public Library<br>1010 S Standard Ave<br>San Juan, TX 78589<br>Phone: (956) 702-0926<br>[http://www.sanjuan.lib.tx.us/ Website]  
  
<br>Weslaco Public Library<br>525 S Kansas Ave<br>Weslaco, TX 78596<br>Phone: (956) 968-4533<br>[http://www.weslaco.lib.tx.us/ Website]
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Weslaco Public Library<br>525 S Kansas Ave<br>Weslaco, TX 78596<br>Phone: (956) 968-4533<br>[http://www.weslaco.lib.tx.us/ Website]  
  
<br>Mcallen Memorial Library<br>601 N Main St<br>Mcallen, TX 78501<br>Phone: (956) 688-3300<br>[http://www.mcallenlibrary.net/ Website]
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==== Family History Centers<br> ====
  
<br>San Juan Public Library<br>1010 S Standard Ave<br>San Juan, TX 78589<br>Phone: (956) 702-0926<br>[http://www.sanjuan.lib.tx.us/ Website]
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*[[McAllen Texas Family History Center]]
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*[[Weslaco/Mercedes Texas Family History Center|Mercedes Texas Family History Center]]
  
<br>Hidalgo Public Library<br>710 E Texano Dr<br>Hidalgo, TX 78557<br>Phone: (956) 843-2093<br>[http://www.hidalgo.lib.tx.us/ Website]
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===== Museums  =====
  
<br>La Joya Municipal Library<br>925 S Leo Ave<br>La Joya, TX 78560<br>Phone: (956) 581-4533<br>[http://www.lajoya.lib.tx.us/ Website]
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Museum of South Texas History<br>121 E McIntyre<br>Edinburg, TX<br>Phone: (956) 383-6911<br>Fax: (956) 381-8518 [http://www.mosthistory.org website]  
  
<br>[http://www.daddezio.com/society/hill/SH-TX-NDX.html Society Hill]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies
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Donna Hooks Fletcher Museum<br>129 S. 8th<br>Donna, Texas 78537<br>Phone: (956) 464-9989 [http://www3.historictexas.net/www.dhfmuseum.org website] <br>Wed-Friday 10:00am - 1:00pm, Sat 10:00am - 3:00pm
  
 
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/hidalgo/hidaltoc.htm Hidalgo County Archives USGenWeb Archives Project]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txhidalg/ Hidalgo 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.  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com Hidden Ancestors]&nbsp; Information on Texas genealogy research as well as genealogy research in general.
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com Hidden Ancestors]&nbsp; Information on Texas genealogy research as well as genealogy research in general.  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/tx/txfiles.htm USGenWeb Texas Archives] Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records
 
*[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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Guide to Hidalgo County Texas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Hidalgo County Courthouse
County Clerk's Office
100 N. Closner P O Box 58
Edinburg, TX 78540
Phone: (956) 318-2100


County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, probate,
court and land records; Distric Clerk has divorce records[1]


Hidalgo County has had four county seats: Edinburgh, Hidalgo, Hidalgo, Chapin (Edinburg).  In 1852, the town of La Habitacion was renamed Edinburgh and became the county seat. Later, the name of the town was changed to Hidalgo. After a severe flood in 1886, the town was moved two miles north. Later, Edinburgh was moved away from the Rio Grande River - the present site and town of Hidalgo. In 1908, the town of Chapin became the county seat. In 1911, the town's name was changed to Edinburg.

The last county courthouse in Hidalgo is still standing.  Built in 1886, the building was once two story with a cupola; after a fire in the early 1900s, the building was repaired and rebuilt as one story. 

The 1908 Courthouse at Edinburg served the county for nearly 50 years. It was torn down in 1954, after the opening of the current modern structure. [2] [3]

History

Spanish mission and settlements were established by 1750 and Anglo-American settlements by 1883.

Parent County

1852--Hidalgo County was created 24 January 1852 from Cameron and Starr Counties. County seat: Edinburg [4]

The county was named for Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, (1753-1811). Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, the priest known as the "father of Mexican independence," was born on May 8, 1753, at his father's hacienda near Guanajuato, Mexico. 

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1886--Flood destroyed the town of Hidalgo, which at that time was the county seat. Presumably, the courthouse was also destroyed or heavily damaged.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Towns and Cities: Alamo | Alton | Donna | Edcouch | Edinburg | Elsa | Granjeno | Hidalgo | La Joya | La Villa | McAllen | Mercedes | Mission | Palmhurst | Palmview | Penitas | Pharr | Progreso | San Juan | Sullivan City | Weslaco

Neighboring Counties

Resources

African American

Cemeteries

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Findagrave.com

WorldCat

Findagrave.com

Interment.net

Names in Stone

USGenWeb


Billion Graves

Billion Graves


Cemeteries of Texas



Names in Stone



See Texas Cemeteries for more information.
Additional Cemetery Sources

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
19006,837
191013,728100.8%
192038,110177.6%
193077,004102.1%
1940106,05937.7%
1950160,44651.3%
1960180,90412.8%
1970181,5350.3%
1980283,22956.0%
1990383,54535.4%
2000569,46348.5%
2010774,76936.1%







Church

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death/burial date and place. For general information about Texas denominations, view the Texas Church Records wiki page.


Court

Land

After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions, including deeds and mortgages, have been recorded by the county. You can obtain copies of these land records by writing to the county clerk at the county courthouse. For more information, see Texas Land and Property.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists microfilm copies of deeds, trust deeds, and mortgages of many counties.


Land Survey Abstract Indicies  ~  USGenWeb Archives Project

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Hidalgo 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.

  • The Centennial Celebration of the Organization of Hidalgo County in Texas, 1952, by the Hidalgo County Centennial Corporation
  • The Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, 1954, by J. Lee and Lillian J. Stambaugh.
  • Hidalgo County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Texas Museums  ~  List of all museums in Texas  ~  Hidden Ancestors

Maps

Military

Newspapers

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

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

Obituaries

Probate

Probate records of Texas have been kept by the probate clerk in each county courthouse. You can obtain copies of the records from the clerk's office. In most counties, all information pertaining to a probate case is recorded in the "probate minutes."

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their places of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records.

See the Wiki page Texas Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

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

Libraries

Alamo Public Library
416 N Tower Rd
Alamo, TX 78516
Phone: (956) 787-6160
Website

Donna Public Library
301 S Main St
Donna, TX 78537
Phone: (956) 464-2221
Website

Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library
1906 S Closner Blvd
Edinburg, TX 78539
Phone: (956) 383-6246
Website

Elsa Public Library
711 N Hidalgo St
Elsa, TX 78543
Phone: (956) 262-3061
Website

Hidalgo Public Library
710 E Texano Dr
Hidalgo, TX 78557
Phone: (956) 843-2093
Website

La Joya Municipal Library
925 S Leo Ave
La Joya, TX 78560
Phone: (956) 581-4533
Website

McAllen Memorial Library
601 N Main St
McAllen, TX 78501
Phone: (956) 688-3300
Website

Mercedes Memorial Library
434 S Ohio St
Mercedes, TX 78570
Phone: (956) 565-2371

Pharr Memorial Library
121 E Cherokee Ave
Pharr, TX 78577
Phone: (956) 787-3966
Website

Speer Memorial Library
801 E 12th St
Mission, TX 78572
Phone: (956) 580-8750
Website

San Juan Public Library
1010 S Standard Ave
San Juan, TX 78589
Phone: (956) 702-0926
Website

Weslaco Public Library
525 S Kansas Ave
Weslaco, TX 78596
Phone: (956) 968-4533
Website

Family History Centers

Museums

Museum of South Texas History
121 E McIntyre
Edinburg, TX
Phone: (956) 383-6911
Fax: (956) 381-8518 website

Donna Hooks Fletcher Museum
129 S. 8th
Donna, Texas 78537
Phone: (956) 464-9989 website
Wed-Friday 10:00am - 1:00pm, Sat 10:00am - 3:00pm

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hidalgo County, Texas. Page 666 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. HistoricTexas.net: Hidalgo County http://www3.historictexas.net/hidalgo-county-texas
  3. TexasEscapes.com http://www.texasescapes.com/TOWNS/Edinburg_Texas/HidalgoCountyCourthouseEdinburgTexas.htm
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).