The Texas Vital Statistics law to register births and deaths was not passed until 1903.Texas was then and is now a dual registration state which means the local registrars retain a copy of all birth and death records for the events that take place within their jurisdiction and the state retains the original of all birth and death records for the entire State of Texas.However, the statutes for registering these events were not made mandatory until 1926.However, many local registrars did not adhere to the statutes until the late 1930’s or early 1940’s.This means some records reside only in the local registrars’ files and not with the State.
Statement source - Sherry Crawford Group Manager Request Processing Vital Statistics Unit (888) 963-7111, ext 6195
FYI - All census records prior to the 1850 census only listed the head of household; whether male or female.
NO specific age was stated for any family member NO place of birth was stated – city, state, or country NO city, town, or village is stated – only the county NO street address was stated NO marital status was stated – single, married, widowed, divorced NO family relationship was stated – brother, sister, cousin, son, daughter, wife, inlaw, etc… NO occupation was stated NO parental birthplaces are stated NO race was stated [but assume “white”] Step children are not enumerated as “step” children
1850, 1860 & 1870 census records do not show family relationships or parental birthplaces.