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Online Records[edit | edit source]

  • 1703-1957- Parish registers. Catholic Church. San Fernando Cathedral (San Antonio, Texas)
  • 1731-1860- Parish registers. Catholic Church. San Fernando Cathedral Missions (San Antonio, Texas), Catholic Church. Purisima Concepcion Mission (San Antonio, Texas), Catholic Church. San Jose Mission (San Antonio, Texas), Catholic Church. San Antonio de Valero Mission (San Antonio, Texas). Images only.
  • 1792-1803- Bautismos. Catholic Church. San Antonio de la Ysleta (Ysleta, Texas). Images only.
  • 1717-1836- Bexar Archives Online. Contains records of the Province of Texas and the Mexican State of Coahuila y Texas.

History[edit | edit source]

European settlement in Texas by both the French and the Spanish began in the late 17th century, although no permanent settlements were made until the Spaniards founded San Antonio in 1718. During the 18th century, more Spanish missions were built and many native tribes converted to Christianity. When the United States made the Louisiana Purchase from France in 1803, some American authorities claimed that Texas (New Spain) was part of the purchase. In 1819, a border was agreed upon between Louisiana and Texas. In 1821, following the Mexican War for Independence, Texas became part of Mexico in the state of Coahuila y Tejas. In 1832, Texans began revolts against the Mexican government, and the Republic of Texas was formed in 1836. Attempts to annex Texas to the United States were attempted beginning in 1837, but the annexation did not occur until 1845. [1]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Civil Records[edit | edit source]

  • 1692 Population Census of El Paso by J. Richard Salazar. (Albuquerque: The Author, 1992).
  • Athanase de Mézièeres and the Louisiana-Texas Frontier, 1768-1780: Documents Published for the First Time, from the Original Spanish and French Manuscripts, Chiefly in the Archives of Mexico and Spain by Athanase De Mézièeres. (1914. Reprint. New York: Kraus Reprint, 1970).
  • El Paso Census, 1684 by J. Richard Salazar. (Albuquerque: The Author, 1992).
  • Guide to the Microfilm Edition of the Bexar Archives by Chester Valls Kielman. 3 Vols. (Austin: University of Texas, 1967-1981).
  • Guide to Spanish and Mexican Land Grants in South Texas by Garry Mauro. (Austin: Texas General Land Office, 1988).
  • Index to Spanish and Mexican Land Grants in Texas by Virginia Taylor. (Austin: Lone Star Press, 1974).
  • The Public Lands of Texas, 1519-1970 by Thomas Lloyd Miller. (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1972).

Ecclesiastical Records[edit | edit source]

  • The Alamo Chain of Missions: A History of San Antonio's Five Old Missions by Marion Alphonse Habig. (Chicago: Franciscan Herald Press, 1968).
  • Index to the Marriage Investigations of the Diocese of Guadalajara Pertaining to the Former Provinces of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, Nuevo Santander, and Texas by Raul J. Guerra, Nadine M. Vasquez, and Baldomero Vela. (Edinburg, TX: The Authors, 1989).

Other[edit | edit source]

  • Catalog of Genealogical Materials in Texas Libraries by John Corbin. (Austin: Texas State Library and Historical Commission, 1965).
  • Caverns of Oblivion by Carl Laurence Duaine. (Corpus Christi, TX: The Author, 1971).
  • Cedulario de la Nueva Galicia by Eucario López Jiménez. (Guadalajara, Mexico: Editorial lex, 1971).
  • History of the North Mexican States and Texas, 1531-1889) by Hubert Howe Bancroft. (1889. Reprint. New York: Arno Press, 1967).
  • History of San Antonio and of the Early Days in Texas by Robert Sturmberg. (San Antonio: Saint Joseph's Society, 1920).
  • José Vasquez Borrego and la Hacienda de Nuestra Senora de Dolores by Jean Y. Fish. (Zapata, TX: Zapata County Historical Society, n.d.).
  • Let There Be Towns: Spanish Municipal Origins in the American Southwest, 1610-1810 by Gilberto Rafael Cruz. (College Station: Texas A & M University Press, 1988).
  • Mallorquines en la Colonización de Téxas by Antoni Picazo Muntaner. (Palma de Mallorca, Spain: El Tall Edition, 1993).
  • Noticias de los Poblados de que se Componen el Nuevo Reino de León, Provincia de Coahuila, Nueva-Extremadura, y la de Téxas by Antonio Ladrón de Guevara. (Monterrey, Mexico: Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, 1969).
  • Primeras Ezploraciones y Pblamiento de Texas, 1686-1694 by Lino Gómez Canedo. (Monterrey, Mexico: Instituto Tecnólogico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, 1968).
  • The San Antonio Missions and Their System of Land Tenure by Félix D. Almaráz, Jr. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1989).
  • Spanish Texas, 1519-1821 by Donald E. Chipman. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1992).

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas, accessed 17 January 2020.