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Refugio County, Texas Genealogy

Guide to Refugio 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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Refugio County, Texas
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Facts
Founded 17 March, 1836
County Seat Refugio
Courthouse
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Address Refugio County Courthouse
808 Commerce Street
Refugio, TX 78377-0704
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County InformationEdit

County CourthouseEdit

Refugio County Courthouse
808 Commerce Street
Refugio, TX 78377-0704
Phone: 361.526.2727 

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage records from 1851, probate records from 1840,
court records from 1881 and land records from 1835[1]

County Clerk

P.O. Box 704
Refugio 78377
Phone: 361-526-2233


County and District Clerk

P.O. Box 736
Refugio 78377
Phone: 361-526-5942

Refugio County, Texas Record DatesEdit

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1903 1851 1903 1881 1835 1840 1829
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903.
General compliance by the 1930s.


HistoryEdit

1836--The battle of Refugio occurred in 1836, just prior to the Goliad Massacre.

Parent CountyEdit

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

  • County seat: Refugio [3]

Boundary ChangesEdit

See an interactive map of Refugio County border changes.

Record LossEdit

1879--Many records were destroyed in a courthouse fire in January 1879.

Places / LocalitiesEdit

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated PlacesEdit

Neighboring CountiesEdit

Aransas  • Bee  • Calhoun  • Goliad  • San Patricio  • Victoria

ResourcesEdit

CemeteriesEdit

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 Names in Stone
TXGenWeb Epodunk
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

CensusEdit

ChurchEdit

CourtEdit

LandEdit

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 HistoriesEdit

Local histories are available for Refugio 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.

MapsEdit

Goliad CountyVictoria CountyCalhoun CountyAransas CountySan Patricio CountyBee CountyTX REFUGIO.PNG
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MilitaryEdit

Mexican-American WarEdit
Civil WarEdit
World War IEdit

NewspapersEdit

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

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

ProbateEdit

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

TaxationEdit

Vital RecordsEdit

BirthEdit
MarriageEdit
DeathEdit
DivorceEdit

Societies and LibrariesEdit

Refugio County Historical Society
Refugio County Museum
102 West St.
Refugio, TX 78377
Telephone Number:361-526-5555
Website

Family History CentersEdit

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.

WebsitesEdit

  • Refugio County TXGenWeb
  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.
  • FamilySearch Catalog — The catalog is genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) This catalog is different than the indexed Historical Records.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Refugio County, Texas. Page 672 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Refugio 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).