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== Record Description ==
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== What Is in the Collection? ==
  
The collection consists of school census records for Matagorda County, Texas. The records are arranged by race, "colored" and "white", and then alphabetically by surname. Additional images will be published to this collection as they become available.  
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The collection consists of school census records for Matagorda County, Texas for the years 1923 to 1946. The records are arranged by race, "colored" and "white", and then alphabetically by surname.  
  
The listing of school-aged children is a common practice throught the United States. The records are usually compiled on a yearly basis.&nbsp;
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The listing of school-aged children is a common practice throughout the United States. The records are usually compiled on a yearly basis. School records helped local governments determine funding needs for individual schools. The information is usually reliable although the ages are sometimes off by a year and legal guardians may be confused with parents.
  
The records cover the years 1923 to 1946.&nbsp;
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=== Image Visibility ===
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School records helped local governments determine funding needs for individual schools.  
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For additional information about image restrictions, please see the [[Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections]] page.
  
The information is usually reliable although the ages are sometimes off by a year and legal guardians may be confused with parents.
 
  
For a list of records by surnames and dates currently published in this collection, select the [https://familysearch.org/search/image/index#uri=https%3A//api.familysearch.org/records/collection/1390096/waypoints Browse].
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===To Browse This Collection===
  
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[[Texas, Matagorda County, School Census Records (FamilySearch Historical Collection)#Citation_Example_for_a_Record_Found_in_This_Collection|Suggested citation format for a record in this collection.]]
 
 
 
== Record Content  ==
 
  
The key genealogical facts found in the School Census Records may include the following information:
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== What Can These Records Tell Me? ==
  
[[Image:Texas, Matagorda County, School Census Records DGS 4121711 63.jpg|thumb|right|Texas, Matagorda County, School Census Records DGS 4121711 63.jpg]]
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'''School Census Records''' may include the following information:
  
*Name of County
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*Name of county, town and school district
*Name of Town
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*Surname and Christian name of child
*School District
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*Child's date of birth, age and gender
 
*Names of parents or guardians  
 
*Names of parents or guardians  
*Name of child
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*Parents' residence or post office address
*Age of Child
 
*Date of birth
 
*Gender
 
*Home Address
 
  
== How to Use the Record ==
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== Collection Content ==
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:<br>
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=== Sample Images ===
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page<br>
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⇒Select the "Year, Race, Surname Range" category which takes you to the images.<br>
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Look at the images one by one comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
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== How Do I Search the Collection? ==
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You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:
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*Name of the child
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*The approximate years they attended school
  
School records can be very helpful as they can often be used as a reliable substitute for birth records or they can lead you to birth records.
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=== Search the Index ===
 
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*Name of the child
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View images in this collection by visiting the
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*Residence
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# Select '''Year, Race, Surname Range'''
  
Compare the information in the school record to what you already know about your ancestor to determine if this is the correct person. You may need to compare the information of more than one person to make this determination.  
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=== How Do I Analyze the Results? ===
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Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.
  
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information about them. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestor.  
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For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article [[FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks]].
  
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{{Tip|More images are available in the FamilySearch Catalog at [https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/139009 Texas, Matagorda County, School Census Records, 1923-1946]. Click on camera icon to see images.}}
  
*Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.
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== What Do I Do Next? ==
*Use the age or birth date along with the parents’ names and residence to find the family in census records.  
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Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. Look at the actual image of the record, if you can, to verify the information and to find additional information.  
*Use the residence and names of the parents to locate church and land records.
 
  
It is often helpful to extract the information on all children with the same parents. If the surname is unusual, you may want to compile the entries for every person of the same surname and sort them into families based on the names of the parents. Continue to search the birth records to identify other relatives such as cousins who attended the same school or other nearby schools.  
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=== I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now? ===
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*Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later.
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* Use the ages listed to determine approximate birth dates and find the family in additional censuses.
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*Use the information found in the record to find church and vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records.
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*Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
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*Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.  
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*[[Texas Church Records| Church Records]] were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.  
  
=== Keep in mind  ===
 
  
*Earlier records may not contain as much information as the records created after 1885.
 
*There is also some variation in the information given from record to record.
 
  
== Related Websites  ==
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=== I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For, What Now? ===
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*If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
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*If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county. 
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*Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
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*Remember that sometimes individuals went by [http://usgenweb.org/research/nicknames.html nicknames] or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for [http://genealogy.about.com/od/first_names/fl/nickname-given-name-equivalents.htm these names] as well. 
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*Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.
  
[http://www.familylink.com/ppc/?ss=%2Bmatagorda%20%2Bcounty%20%2Brecords&pagename=ppcg&eng=ga&ft=1&gclid=CLOu5qixiasCFWw0QgodZVKL3g Matagorda County Records]
 
  
== Related Wiki Articles  ==
 
  
*[[Matagorda County, Texas|Matagorda County, Texas]]
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== Citing This Collection ==
*[[Texas|Texas]]
 
*[[Texas History|Texas History]]
 
  
== Contributions to This Article  ==
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Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.
  
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== Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections  ==
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When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information. This will help you or others to find the record again. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records.
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{{Record_Citation}}
  
A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article [[Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections]].
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=== Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection  ===
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"Texas, Matagorda County, School Census Records, 1923-1046" digital images, ''FamilySearch'' (https://familysearch.org: accessed 4 April 2012). 1943, White, Abbott - Zero &gt; Image 1440 of 2016 images, W. R. Ramsey, Palacios Independent School District; citing School Records, 1937; Matagaorda County Judge, Bay City, Texas, United States,
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== How Can I Contribute to the FamilySearch Wiki? ==
 
  
[[Category:Texas|School Records]]
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Matagorda, Texas, United States
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Record Description
Record Type School Census
Collection years 1923-1946
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What Is in the Collection?

The collection consists of school census records for Matagorda County, Texas for the years 1923 to 1946. The records are arranged by race, "colored" and "white", and then alphabetically by surname.

The listing of school-aged children is a common practice throughout the United States. The records are usually compiled on a yearly basis. School records helped local governments determine funding needs for individual schools. The information is usually reliable although the ages are sometimes off by a year and legal guardians may be confused with parents.

Image Visibility

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, ultimate rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. Images in this collection are available for viewing if you are a registered FamilySearch user. You can register for a free FamilySearch account here.

For additional information about image restrictions, please see the Restrictions for Viewing Images in FamilySearch Historical Record Collections page.


To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Texas, Matagorda County, School Census Records, 1923-1946.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

School Census Records may include the following information:

  • Name of county, town and school district
  • Surname and Christian name of child
  • Child's date of birth, age and gender
  • Names of parents or guardians
  • Parents' residence or post office address

Collection Content

Sample Images

How Do I Search the Collection?

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the child
  • The approximate years they attended school

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes on the Collection Page with the information you have
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Browse Page. br>

  1. Select Year, Race, Surname Range

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images.

For more tips about searching on-line collections see the on-line article FamilySearch Search Tips and Tricks.

What Do I Do Next?

Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. Look at the actual image of the record, if you can, to verify the information and to find additional information.

I Found Who I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Copy the citation below, in case you need to find this record again later.
  • Use the ages listed to determine approximate birth dates and find the family in additional censuses.
  • Use the information found in the record to find church and vital records such as birth, baptism, marriage, and death records.
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records.
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family.
  • Church Records were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.


I Can’t Find Who I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county.
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name.
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well.
  • Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records.


Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation
"Texas, Matagorda County, School Census Records, 1923-1946." Database with images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : 28 February 2017. Citing State Board of Education. Matagorda County Judge, Bay City.
Record Citation:
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