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== County Courthouse  ==
 
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[http://www.co.willacy.tx.us/ips/cms Willacy County Courthouse]<br> Courthouse Annex Building<br>190 North 3rd Street<br>Raymondville, Texas 78580<br> Phone: 956.689.2710&nbsp;<br><br>County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, probate and <br>court records from 1921 and land records from 1891<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Willacy County, Texas. Page 676 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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Willacy County's first courthouse is now located in [[Kenedy County, Texas|Kenedy]] County.&nbsp; When Willacy County was organized in 1911, Sarita was selected as the county seat.&nbsp; In 1917, construction began on a three-story Classic Revival style courthouse.&nbsp; In 1921, Kenedy County was organized out of the northern part of Willacy County; Sarita and the new courthouse were now part of Kenedy County.&nbsp; Raymondville was selected as the county seat; and construction began on a new courthouse, a Classic Revival style building is a grand three-story brick structure with limestone details.&nbsp; This courthouse continues to serve Willacy County.<ref>HistoricTexas.net: Willacy County http://www3.historictexas.net/willacy-county-texas</ref><br>
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Willacy County Courthouse<br>County Clerk - Hon. Terry Flores<br>576 W. Main St.<br>Raymondville, Texas 78580<br>Office (956) 689-2710<br>Fax (956) 689-9849<br>[http://www.co.willacy.tx.us/ips/cms/index.html Willacy County Government Website]
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
 
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'''1911--'''Willacy County was created 11 March 1911 from [[Hidalgo County, Texas|Hidalgo]] and [[Cameron County, Texas|Cameron]] Counties. '''County seat:''' Sarita, 1911-1921; Raymondville, 1921-present. <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
 
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'''1921 -- '''Northern part of Willacy County became [[Kenedy County, Texas|Kenedy]] County. <ref>Handbook of Texas Online: Willacy County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcw10</ref>
  
 
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Bausell | Ellis | Lasara | Los Coyotes | Lyford | Porfirio | Port Mansfield | Raymondville | Santa Monica | San Perlita | Sebastian | Willamar <br>
  
 
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*[[Cameron County, Texas|Cameron]]
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*[[Hidalgo County, Texas|Hidalgo]]
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*[[Kenedy County, Texas|Kenedy]]
  
 
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*''Texas' Last Frontier: A Brief History of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, ''1917; reprinted, 1962; by Frank Cushman Pierce, Rio Grande Valley Historical Society.
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*''The Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas,'' 1954, by J. Lee and Lillian J. Stambaugh.
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*''A Century of Service: The History of the Catholic Church in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, ''1979, by Gilberto Rafael and Martha Oppert Cruz.
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*[http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcw10 Willacy County History] from the Handbook of Texas Online.
  
 
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[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site.
  
 
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1320964 Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]]<br>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.
  
 
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
 
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*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=194038&subject_disp=Texas%2C+Willacy&columns=*,0,0 Family History Library Catalog] for this county.
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*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county
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*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Willacy|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
  
 
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Willacy County Courthouse
Courthouse Annex Building
190 North 3rd Street
Raymondville, Texas 78580
Phone: 956.689.2710 

County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, probate and
court records from 1921 and land records from 1891[1]

Willacy County's first courthouse is now located in Kenedy County.  When Willacy County was organized in 1911, Sarita was selected as the county seat.  In 1917, construction began on a three-story Classic Revival style courthouse.  In 1921, Kenedy County was organized out of the northern part of Willacy County; Sarita and the new courthouse were now part of Kenedy County.  Raymondville was selected as the county seat; and construction began on a new courthouse, a Classic Revival style building is a grand three-story brick structure with limestone details.  This courthouse continues to serve Willacy County.[2]

Willacy County Courthouse
County Clerk - Hon. Terry Flores
576 W. Main St.
Raymondville, Texas 78580
Office (956) 689-2710
Fax (956) 689-9849
Willacy County Government Website

 

History

Parent County

1911--Willacy County was created 11 March 1911 from Hidalgo and Cameron Counties. County seat: Sarita, 1911-1921; Raymondville, 1921-present. [3]

Boundary Changes

1921 -- Northern part of Willacy County became Kenedy County. [4]

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Bausell | Ellis | Lasara | Los Coyotes | Lyford | Porfirio | Port Mansfield | Raymondville | Santa Monica | San Perlita | Sebastian | Willamar

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Church

Court

Land

Local Histories

  • Texas' Last Frontier: A Brief History of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, 1917; reprinted, 1962; by Frank Cushman Pierce, Rio Grande Valley Historical Society.
  • The Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, 1954, by J. Lee and Lillian J. Stambaugh.
  • A Century of Service: The History of the Catholic Church in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, 1979, by Gilberto Rafael and Martha Oppert Cruz.
  • Willacy County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.

Maps

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

Military

Newspapers

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

  • 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.

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county


References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Willacy County, Texas. Page 676 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. HistoricTexas.net: Willacy County http://www3.historictexas.net/willacy-county-texas
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Handbook of Texas Online: Willacy County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcw10