Galveston County, Texas Genealogy Guide

Galveston County, Texas (Map It) was created on May 15, 1838 from Brazoria County and Liberty County. This county was named for Bernardo de Gálvez, Spanish governor of the Louisiana Territory (1777–1785) .. Learn More About State of Texas History

Galveston County is bordered by Harris County (north), Chambers County (northeast), Brazoria County (west).

Galveston County Cities and Towns include Bayou Vista, Clear Lake Shores, Dickinson, Friendswood, Galveston, Hitchcock, Jamaica Beach, Kemah, La Marque, League City, Santa Fe, Texas City, Tiki Island.. A Map of Galveston County, Texas contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Galveston County, Texas Courthouse Records

Galveston County, Texas Courthouse
Galveston County, TX Courthouse

The Galveston County Courthouse is located in Galveston, Texas. Learn More About State of Texas Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The following dates indicate what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Galveston county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered. Galveston County Courthouse was destroyed by the Galveston Hurricane in September 1900, swept the island clean, therefore, it is likely the record was destroyed in the hurricane. Check in nearby counties for any such replications of any records from the Galveston area prior to 1900.

Since 1900, a seawall was built along the outward facing shore, and subsequent hurricanes, including Ike in 2008, did somewhat less damage as the seawall for the ost part has kept the storm surge produced by any hurricane from overwashing the island by and large. In fact, one can drive along the seawall itself which will give any visitor an idea of just how serious the 1900 disaster really was.

  • Galveston County Clerk has Birth & Death Records from 1903, Marriage Records from 1838, Land Records from 1838, Probate Records from 1838 and Court Records from 1839. The County Clerk's office is the place where all transactions having to do with land are recorded and kept on file. They take marriage license applications, issues marriage licenses, files the license after the marriage, and maintains a permanent record of the marriage, surveys and plats of subdivisions, Armed Forces discharge papers for all veterans who reside in the county. Some naturalization records have been found with the deeds.
  • Galveston County Tax Assessor-Collector Office is responsible for the the assessment of taxes on each property in the county and collection of that tax

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