Hidalgo County, Texas Genealogy

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County Courthouse


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 [1]

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

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, and Weslaco

Neighboring Counties



Some cemeteries for Hidalgo County, Texas are found at Gloria Mayfield's website




Local Histories


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





Vital Records

  • Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998 [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
  • Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]
    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.

Societies and Libraries

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).