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Addresses Useful to Genealogists

Last modified: 6 JUN 2012

Hidalgo County Court House class="btext" - Edinburg, Texas

County Clerk's Office
Includes Birth and Death records, Marriage licenses, Deeds and the Commissioners' Court records.

Hidalgo County Historical Museum
See the largest collection of exhibits and artifacts covering South Texas' fantastic-but-true history. HCHM exhibits give a broad overview of the region, from prehistoric tribes through Spanish exploration and colonization, the Mexican War, Rio Grande steamboat era, Civil War, early ranching and farming, border wars and more.

Partially housed in the 1910 County Jail, HCHM includes a hangman's trap used for a public execution in 1913. In 1970 the former jail became the first building for the museum. HCHM vividly preserves and presents the borderland heritage of Northeastern Mexico and South Texas.

A historical archive is available for researchers. Located at 121 E. McIntyre on the Courthouse Square in Edinburg. Open Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $2.

For more information, Call: (956) 383-6911

Hidalgo County Library System

Hidalgo County Genealogical Society
HCGS provides education and leadership through our informative seminars, general business meetings, and Palm Breezes newsletter. Since its inception over 30 years ago, this Society has continued to provide library assistance and has contributed over 6500 books and materials to the Genealogy Collection at McAllen Memorial Library, making it the largest genealogy collection in South Texas. At Edinburg the Special Collections of the University of Texas Pan American Library also holds a sizeable collection of both county and area history and genealogy.

The Diocese of Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas
also serves Hidalgo County. Prior to 10 JUL 1965 Hidalgo County was served by the Diocese of Corpus Christi.

Museum of South Texas History
The museum's Margaret H. McAllen Memorial Archive holds an extensive collection of regional items, including maps, newspapers, books, genealogical material, audiovisual and digital material, and the largest collection of historical photographs within the lower Rio Grande Valley. The archive's holdings are a source of inspiration for the museum's exhibitions as well as for students, scholars, and others who conduct research here.

Museum of South Texas History
200 N. Closner Blvd.
Edinburg, Texas 78541
(956) 383-6911

Texas State Vital Records
Bureau of Vital Statistics
Department of Health
PO Box 12040
Austin, Texas 78711-2040

Phone: 512-458-7111
Fax: 512-458-7711