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Starr County, Texas Genealogy

Guide to Starr 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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Starr County, Texas
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Founded February 10, 1848
County Seat Rio Grande City
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County InformationEdit



Starr County, Texas Record DatesEdit

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1880 1858 1903 1932 1848 1853 1829
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903.
General compliance by the 1930s.


County CourthouseEdit

Starr County Courthouse
Rm 201
Rio Grande City, TX 78582
Phone: 956.487.2101

County Clerk has birth records from 1880, death
records from 1903, marriage records from 1858,
probate records from 1853, land records from 1848,
court records from 1932, naturalization records
1883-1898 and military discharge records from 1919[2]

County Clerk

100 N. FM 3167 Ste. 204
Rio Grande City 78582
Phone: 956-716-4800 (Ext: 4827)
Fax: 956-716-8161

District Clerk

401 N. Britton Ave. Rm. 304
Rio Grande City 78582
Phone: 956-716-4800

HistoryEdit

1753--The first settlement was in 1753, and was part of Jose de Escandion's Colony.

Parent CountyEdit

1848--Starr County was created 10 February 1848 from Nueces County.

  • County seat: Rio Grande City. [3]

Boundary ChangesEdit

1852 - Large portion of eastern Starr County became Hidalgo County.

1860 - Part of the western portion of Starr County became Zapata County.

1911 - Part of northern Starr County became Brooks County. [4]

Record LossEdit

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

Places / LocalitiesEdit

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated PlacesEdit

Escobares | La Casita-Garciasville | La Grulla | Rio Grande City | Roma

Neighboring CountiesEdit

Brooks  • Hidalgo  • Jim Hogg  • Zapata

ResourcesEdit

African AmericanEdit

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.

Additional Cemetery Sources

CensusEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18602,406
18704,15472.7%
18808,30499.9%
189010,74929.4%
190011,4696.7%
191013,15114.7%
192011,089−15.7%
193011,4092.9%
194013,31216.7%
195013,9484.8%
196017,13722.9%
197017,7073.3%
198027,26654.0%
199040,51848.6%
200053,59732.3%
201060,96813.8%

ChurchEdit

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.


LutheranEdit
  • Records of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Escobares, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

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 Starr 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

MilitaryEdit

Mexican-American WarEdit
Civil WarEdit
World War IEdit
World War IIEdit
Korean WarEdit

NewspapersEdit

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

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

ObituariesEdit

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

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 RecordsEdit

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.

BirthEdit

Online Birth Indexes and Records

MarriageEdit

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

DeathEdit

Online Death Indexes and Records

DivorceEdit


Societies and LibrariesEdit

Starr County Historical Society
301 East 4th
Rio Grande City, TX 78582

Rio Grande City Public Library
591 E Canales St
Rio Grande City, TX 78582
Telephone Number: 956-487-4389


  • Society Hill  ~  Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies

Family History CentersEdit

Rio Grande City Family History Center
131 Hermosa Dr
Rio Grande City, TX 78582

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

  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.
  • USGenWeb Texas Archives Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.
  • 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), Starr 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.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Starr County, Texas. Page 674 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Handbook of Texas Online: Starr County