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Menard County was named in honor of Michel Branamour Menard (1805-1856), who was an early settler of Galveston, Tx. Located in Central Texas, Menard County is on the edge of the Edwards Plateau and lies within the Colorado River basin.

County Courthouse

 This is the third and present day courthouse for Menard County, Texas.  Built in 1931, it replaced the old 1885 building and provided much needed jobs for the community at a reported wage of 25 cents per hour.[1]

The county was awarded grant funds in 2004 from the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program.[2]  A major part of the renovation was completed in 2007 and county officials returned to the courthouse.


The first permanent Anglo-American settlement was Menardville in 1867. Unfortunately, they were not able to establish their own government until 1871, when Menardville was officially named the county seat.

Parent County

1858--Menard County was created 22 January 1858 from Bexar Land District. County seat: Menard [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Places / Localities

Populated Places

Ft. McKavett



  • Hext History - Menard TXGenWeb Site.  History of the community.  Also known as Wagnerville.


Neighboring Counties



Ft. McKavett Cemetery

The Ft. McKavett Cemetery is located near the Ft. McKavett State Park.  It was the original burial site for the soldiers of the Fort and residents of the McKavett Community.  There is also a Catholic section of burials in this cemetery.

Garden of Memories Cemetery

A Catholic Cemetery for the town of Menard that was established around the early to mid-1930's.

Hext Cemetery

Cemetery for the residents of the Hext community.

  • Hext Burials - Find-A-Grave listing of graves in the Hext Cemetery.  Can be searched by name or browse all burials.
Little Saline Cemetery

Cemetery for the Saline Community.

Noguess Cemetery

A family cemetery located on private property.  It is also known as the Vaughan Cemetery.

Old Catholic Cemetery

This cemetery is also known as "The Decker Cemetery" and "Cleo Highway Cemetery".

Opp Cemetery

This cemetery is also known as the Bihl Cemetery.

Pioneer Rest Cemetery

This was the original cemetery for the town of Menardville.

Rest Haven Cemetery

Rest Haven Cemetery is the newer cemetery for the town of Menard.  It was established in the early 1930's when it became apparent that Pioneer Rest Cemetery was filled to capacity.

Splittgerber Cemetery

This cemetery is also known as the "Ellis Cemetery".

Waddell Cemetery


Church of Christ

First Baptist Church - 300 Tipton Street, Menard - (325) 396-4701

First United Methodist Church - 201 Gay Street, Menard - (325) 396-2452

Lutheran Church

Menard Cowboy Church - Church website.  2711 Ryan Road, Menard - (325) 396-2319

Sacred Heart Catholic Church (Historic)

Sacred Heart Catholic Church



Local Histories


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





Vital Records


In 1903, it became mandatory to record births in Texas.


In 1903, it became mandatory to record deaths in Texas.

  • 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.
  • Menard County, Tx Death Index
    Menard County, Texas Death Index sorted by surname from Menard TxGenWeb site (partial listing)

Societies and Libraries

Web Sites


  1. Menard News and Messenger of March 26, 1931
  2. Round IV Grant receipient - Texas Historical Commission Report
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).