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Garza County, Texas Genealogy

Guide to Garza County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.



Garza County, Texas
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Founded August 21, 1876
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County InformationEdit

DescriptionEdit

The county was named for a pioneer Bexar County family, as it was once a part of that county. The County is located in the northwest area of the state.[1]

County CourthouseEdit

Garza County Courthouse, built 1923

Garza County Courthouse
1st Floor, 300 West Main Street,
PO Box 366
Post, TX 79356
Phone: 806-495-4430

County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, divorce, probate and court records from 1907 and land records[2]

County and District Clerk

P.O. Box 366
Post 79356
Phone:806-495-4430
Fax: 806-495-4431


Garza county has had two courthouses. The first courthouse, built-in 1908, was designed to be a temporary courthouse.  It served the county for 15 years. The current courthouse, shown above, a three-story red brick and concrete structure was built in 1923 and is a Recorded Texas Landmark.


Garza County, Texas Record DatesEdit

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1907 1907 1907 1907 1907 1907 1829
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903. General compliance by the 1930s.


HistoryEdit

Parent CountyEdit

1876--Garza County was created 21 August 1876 from Bexar Land District, but the county was not organized until 15 Jun 1907.

  • County seat: Post [4]

Boundary ChangesEdit

Record LossEdit

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / LocalitiesEdit

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated PlacesEdit

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Cities
Unincorporated communities


Neighboring CountiesEdit

Borden  • Crosby  • Dickens  • Kent  • Lubbock  • Lynn  • Scurry

ResourcesEdit

African AmericanEdit

CemeteriesEdit

Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
FindAGrave Family History Library FindAGrave
Linkpendium WorldCat Tombstone Project
BillionGraves (name) Cemeteries of TX
GenWeb Archives Texas Cemeteries
BillionGraves TX Gravestones
TXGenWeb FamilySearch Places
Names in Stone
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Sources

CensusEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
188036
189014−61.1%
19001851,221.4%
19101,995978.4%
19204,253113.2%
19305,58631.3%
19405,6781.6%
19506,28110.6%
19606,6115.3%
19705,289−20.0%
19805,3360.9%
19905,143−3.6%
20004,872−5.3%
20106,46132.6%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

ChurchEdit

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death/burial date and place. For general information about Texas denominations, view the Texas Church Records wiki page.



List of Churches and Church Parishes

CourtEdit

LandEdit

After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions, including deeds and mortgages, have been recorded by the county. You can obtain copies of these land records by writing to the county clerk at the county courthouse. For more information, see Texas Land and Property.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists microfilm copies of deeds, trust deeds, and mortgages of many counties.


Local HistoriesEdit

Local histories are available for Garza County, Texas Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Texas Local Histories.

  • Wagon Wheels: A History of Garza County, 1973, edited by Charles Didway, County Historical Survey Committee.
  • Images of America: Garza County, 2010, by Linda Puckett, Garza County Historical Museum. Limited online preview at Google Books. Many photos of early Garza County.
  • Garza County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Texas Museums  ~  List of all museums in Texas  ~  Hidden Ancestors

MapsEdit

Lubbock CountyCrosby CountyDickens CountyLynn CountyKent CountyScurry CountyBorden CountyTX GARZA.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


MilitaryEdit

Mexican-American WarEdit
Civil WarEdit
World War IEdit
World War IIEdit

NewspapersEdit

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Garza County, Texas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

TX Newspaper Abstracts (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).

ObituariesEdit

ProbateEdit

Probate records of Texas have been kept by the probate clerk in each county courthouse. You can obtain copies of the records from the clerk's office. In most counties, all information pertaining to a probate case is recorded in the "probate minutes."

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their places of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records.

See the Wiki page Texas Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Online Probate Records

TaxationEdit

Texas tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Texas Taxation.

Vital RecordsEdit

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

Certified birth and death certificates or birth and death verifications can be ordered online or by mail at the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health. Copies can also be obtained from the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred and are often less expensive. You can also order them online through a third party company.

Marriages records can be obtained from the county the marriage occurred. Only marriage verifications can be obtained from the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health.

See Texas Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Texas.

BirthEdit

Online Birth Indexes and Records

MarriageEdit

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

DeathEdit

Online Death Indexes and Records

DivorceEdit


Societies and LibrariesEdit

Post Public Library
105 E Main St
Post, TX 79356
Telephone Number: 806-990-2149

Garza County Historical Museum
119 North Ave. N
Post, Texas 79356
Telephone Number: 806-495-2207
website
Open Tues-Sat, 10 AM to 5 PM

  • Society Hill
    Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies

Family History CentersEdit

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

WebsitesEdit

  • Garza County Archives  ~  USGenWeb Archives Project
  • Garza County  ~  TXGenWeb
  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.
  • USGenWeb Texas Archives Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.
  • FamilySearch Catalog The catalog is genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) This catalog is different than the indexed Historical Records.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Garza County, Texas," in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garza_County,_Texas. accessed 08/09/2019
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Garza County, Texas. Page 664 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Garza County, Texas . Page 658-677 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 655-665.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Garza County, Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garza_County,_Texas, accessed 9 April 2019.