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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://Texas.hometownlocator.com/tx/Medina Hometown Locator]. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Medina County, Texas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medina_County,_Texas,
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castroville,_Texas Castroville]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devine,_Texas Devine]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hondo,_Texas Hondo]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LaCoste,_Texas LaCoste]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lytle,_Texas Lytle]‡</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natalia,_Texas Natalia]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Antonio San Antonio]‡</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunlay,_Texas Dunlay]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mico,_Texas Mico]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearson,_Texas Pearson]
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rio_Medina,_Texas Rio Medina]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yancey,_Texas Yancey]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D%27Hanis,_Texas D'Hanis]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Medina_Shores,_Texas Lake Medina Shores]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Fountain,_Texas New Fountain]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quihi,_Texas Quihi]</div>
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<p>‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties</p>
  
 
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====

Latest revision as of 11:58, 14 August 2019

Guide to Medina 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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County Seat Hondo
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County Information[edit | edit source]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Medina County Courthouse
1100 16th Street
Hondo, TX 78861
Phone: 830.741.6000

County Clerk has birth and death records from
1903, marriage, probate and land records from
1848 and court records from 1876[1]

County Clerk

1100 16th St. Rm 109
Hondo 78861
Phone: 830-741-6040
Fax: 830-741-6015

District Clerk

1100 16th St. Rm 209
Hondo 78861-1841
Phone: 830-741-6070

Medina County, Texas Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1903 1848 1903 1876 1848 1848 1829
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903.
General compliance by the 1930s.


History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1848--Medina County was created 12 February 1848 from Bexar Land District.

  • County seat: Hondo [3]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

See an interactive map of Medina County border changes.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[4]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns
  • Vandenburg

‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Atascosa  • Bandera  • Bexar  • Frio  • Uvalde  • Zavala

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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
Linkpendium WorldCat Tombstone Project
BillionGraves (name) Cemeteries of TX
GenWeb Archives Texas Cemeteries
BillionGraves TX Gravestones
TXGenWeb Epodunk
Names in Stone Interment
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Church[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Land[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Medina 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[edit | edit source]

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Military[edit | edit source]

Mexican-American War[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]
World War I[edit | edit source]

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

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

Probate[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Death[edit | edit source]

Online Death Indexes and Records

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Castro Colonies Heritage Association
Castro Colonies Living History Center
309 Paris Street
Castroville, TX 78009

Texas State Historical Association

Family History Centers
[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Medina County, Texas. Page 670 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Medina County, Texas . Page 658-677 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 655-665.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Medina County, Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medina_County,_Texas, Last accessed 14 August 2019.