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State Resources — Texas

Updated: August 2002

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document Vital Records

State office has birth and death records since 1903, marriage records since January 1966, and divorce records since January 1968. Certified copies of marriage and divorce records are not available from State office (see notes below). The fee listed below is for search and verification of essential facts of marriage.

Birth, Marriage, Divorce, and Death Records

On the Internet: Texas Department of Health.
Call (512) 458-7111 for information on record lookup fees.
Write to:
Bureau of Vital Statistics
Texas Department of Health
P.O. Box 12040
Austin, TX 78711-2040

For county marriage records, contact the County Clerk in the county where the license was issued. Cost will vary.

For county divorce records, contact the Clerk of District Court in the county where the divorce was granted. Cost will vary.

book State Archives and Libraries

They currently have federal census records from 1850-1910, vital statistics indexes, family histories, war records, naturalization records, passenger lists, land records, local histories, maps, and court records.

Write to:
Texas State Library
1201 Brazos Street
Box 12927, Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711-2927
Telephone: (512) 463-5463
Web site:
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 8:00-5:00, closed Sunday, Monday, and state holidays.

 Local Genealogical Societies

Write to:
Texas State Genealogical Society (TSGS)
3219 Meadow Oaks Dr.
Temple, TX 76502-1752
Telephone: (254) 778-2073
Web site:
  Publications: Stripes, Texas State Genealogical Society Newsletter
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