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Karnes County, Texas (Map It) was created on February 4, 1854 from Bexar County, Dewitt County, Goliad County and San Patrico County. This county was named for Henry Karnes (1812–1840), a soldier in the Texas Revolution .. Learn More About State of Texas History
Karnes County is bordered by Gonzales County (northeast), DeWitt County (east), Goliad County (southeast), Bee County (south), Live Oak County (southwest), Atascosa County (west), Wilson County (northwest).
Karnes County Cities and Towns include Falls City, Karnes City, Kenedy, Runge.. A Map of Karnes County, Texas contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Karnes County, Texas Courthouse Records
Karnes County, TX Courthouse
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 Karnes 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. Courthouse and most records of the county clerk were destroyed by fire in July 1865.
- Karnes County Clerk has Birth & Death Records from 1903, Marriage Records from 1865, Land Records from 1855, Probate Records from 1865 and Court Records from 1854. 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.
- Karnes County Tax Assessor-Collector Office is responsible for the the assessment of taxes on each property in the county and collection of that tax
Karnes County, Texas Census Records
- Learn More: State of Texas Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- Texas Census Substitute Records: 1820-1890
- U.S. Federal Census Slave Schedules: 1860
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Karnes County, Texas Vital Records
- Learn More: State of Texas Vital Records
- Birth and Death Records: from 1903 to present.
- Marriage Records: available from the County Clerk
- Divorce Records: available from the Clerk of District Court
- Locations: Texas Department of State Health Services
- Vital Records Online: USAVital, VitalChek or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth and Death Certificate Applications.
- In Person: Texas Department of State Health Services, 1100 W. 49th Street, Austin, TX 78756; (888) 963-7111 or (512) 458-7111
Karnes County, Texas Resources
- Karnes County Historical Society & Museum, PO Box 162, Karnes City, TX 78118; (830) 780-3210
- Panna Maria Historic Society
- South Texas Genealogical Society, Inc.
- Karnes Co. Records Available on Microfilm
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