Harris County, Texas Genealogy Guide

Harris County, Texas (Map It) was created on March 17, 1836 as one of the original 23 counties . This county was named for John Richardson Harris, early settler and founder of Harrisburg, Texas, which eventually became known as Houston.. Learn More About State of Texas History

Harris County is bordered by Montgomery County (north), Liberty County (northeast), Chambers County (east), Galveston County (southeast), Brazoria County (south), Fort Bend County (southwest), Waller County (northwest).

Harris County Cities and Towns include Baytown , Bellaire, Bunker Hill Village, Deer Park, El Lago, Friendswood, Galena Park, Hedwig Village, Hilshire Village, Houston, Humble, Hunters Creek Village, Jacinto City, Jersey Village, Katy, La Porte, League City, Missouri City, Morgan's Point, Nassau Bay, Pasadena, Pearland, Piney Point Village, Seabrook, Shoreacres, South Houston, Southside Place, Spring, Spring Valley Village, Stafford, Taylor Lake Village, Tomball, Waller, Webster, West University Place.. A Map of Harris County, Texas contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Harris County, Texas Courthouse Records

Harris County, Texas Courthouse
Harris County, TX Courthouse

The Harris County Courthouse is located in Houston, 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 Harris 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.

  • Harris County Clerk has Birth & Death Records from 1903, Marriage Records from 1837, Land Records from 1837, Probate Records from 1831 and Court Records from 1837. 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.
  • Harris 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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