Texas, Matagorda County, School Census Records (FamilySearch Historical Collection)

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Access the records: Texas, Matagorda County, School Census Records, 1923-1946 .

Record Description

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.

The listing of school-aged children is a common practice throught the United States. The records are usually compiled on a yearly basis. 

For a list of records by surnames and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse.

The records cover the years 1923 to 1946. 

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.

Citation for This Collection

The following citation refers to the original source of the data and images published on FamilySearch.org Historical Records. It may include the author, custodian, publisher, and archive for the original records. 

State Board of Education. Texas, Matagorda County, Scholastic census records. County Judge, Bay City, Texas.

Record Content

The key genealogical facts found in the School Census Records may include the following information:

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  • Name of County
  • Name of Town
  • School District
  • Names of parents or guardians
  • Name of child
  • Age of Child
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Home Address

How to Use the Record

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.

To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:

  • Name of the child
  • Age or approximate birth date
  • Parents' names
  • Residence

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.

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.

For example:

  • Use the age to calculate an approximate birth date.
  • Use the age or birth date along with the parents’ names and residence to find the family in census records.
  • 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.

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.

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Matagorda County Records

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Citing FamilySearch Historical Collections

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.

Citation Example for a Record Found in This Collection

"Texas, Matagorda County, School Census Records, 1923-1046" digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org: accessed 4 April 2012). 1943, White, Abbott - Zero > Image 1440 of 2016 images, W. R. Ramsey, Palacios Independent School District; citing School Records, 1937; Matagaorda County Judge, Bay City, Texas, United States,

A suggested format for keeping track of records that you have searched is found in the wiki article Help:How to Cite FamilySearch Collections.