Matagorda County TXGenWeb

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Matagorda County
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Matagorda County Historical Commission  Matagorda County Genealogical Society

"There's something in us I'm sure. A kind of flame that does not change through time.
That is as alive when we're old as when our eyes first see the world."
--Euphemia--True Women

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Corporal David Phillip McCormick
April 10, 1982 - April 28, 2008

Tribute Pages


In Memory of
 Matagorda County's
Fallen Heroes

All Gave Some,
 Some Gave All

Killed in Iraq

View Tribute Pages for All Matagorda County Casualties

Sergeant Joshua Allen Ward
October 23, 1978 - February 9, 2009

Tribute Pages


Thank you previous Matagorda County Coordinators          Edward Hayden          Lois Kennedy           Sue Siebert


Matagorda County, a part of Stephen F. Austin's Colony, was one of the original Texas counties formed on March 17, 1836. Click the link below to read its history from the Handbook of Texas.

History of Matagorda County

Matagorda County History told by its residents

Stephen F. Austin
statue near the junction of Highways
288 & 35
in Brazoria County.





Texas Counties A - Z


TexShare Databases
are available free through Bay City Public Library, Palacios Library and other public libraries across the great state of Texas. Visit your local library to get the necessary login and password. Databases for genealogy include Heritagequest (Census Records, Books, PERSI, Revolutionary War Records and Freedman's Bank Records) as well as the Texas Digital Sanborn Maps. Click the logo to go to the TexShare page.

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African American Information
Matagorda County Slave Database
Matagorda County: The Texas Revolution & The Republic of Texas
Archives  Matagorda County Genealogical Society
Oak Leaves (MCGS publication) Master Index
Auto Owners - 1912     1928     1929 Jul-Aug Matagorda County For Kids
Bible Records Matagorda County Historical Commission
Bibliography Matagorda County Misc. Items
Survey Markers
Texas Exposition Shows
Births  Medical History
Brands and Marks Memories
Businesses             Jewish Businesses Military Information 
Caney Run Mail Route Murder and Mayhem
Cemeteries          Obituary and Cemetery Index Naturalizations
Census Information Neighbors - Jackson County          Deutschburg History
Centenarians Newspapers      Palacios Beacon Online  NEW
Dear Santa - Letters to Santa 1916-1929-1931
Shocking Stories
Colonial-Tribune Mickey Mouse Club
Celebrations - Parties, socials, etc.
Churches Notaries 1913
Court Records Obituaries                 Obituary and Cemetery Index
Check the sites below for the most up-to-date obituaries and funeral information.
Taylor Bros. Funeral Home
Victoria Advocate
Bay City Tribune
Palacios Beacon
Green's Mortuary
DAR Mary Rolph Marsh Chapter   Oil Industry
Deaths        Interments 1839-1864       Deaths 1911 - 1917
Texas Death Certificates 1890 - 1976  FREE

Social Security Death Index
Passenger Lists to Port of Matagorda
and Matagorda Custom House Records
1906 Bay City Telephone
1941 Bay City Directory - African-American Entries
Photo Album
Divorces Pioneer Settlers of Matagorda County
Elected Officials Political Graveyard
Epidemics          1862 Yellow Fever          1918 Influenza Postmasters
Family Histories
     Jewish Families of Matagorda County
Matagorda County Doctors
Publications For Sale
Family Land Heritage Properties QUERIES
Farming     Rice Railroads
Flag Ranching
Fraternal Organizations Records on Microfilm
Funeral Homes Research Resources
Gold Star Mothers
1930 Gold Star Mother Pilgrimage of Mrs. Carrie Kelly
Rice Festival        Queens          1902 Rice Carnival Brochure
Historical Markers School History          School Censuses
Actual images of the school censuses are available at
History Makers Sons of the American Revolution - Cradle of Texas Chapter #33
Brazoria, Matagorda & Wharton Counties
Hotels & Motels The Sons of the Republic of Texas   Matagorda Chapter No. 35
Hurricanes Surname List
Intercoastal Canal Celebration Tombstone Transcription Project
Jules Leffland Buildings Towns and Communities
Libraries - Bay City    Palacios Voters' Registration - 1867-1869
Local Contacts War Casualties
Maps Women's Suffrage
1837-1955          1966-2002          Wedding Articles



Bay City Landmark Commission Buildings

LaSalle Odyssey

Mad Island Marsh Preserve

Matagorda County

Matagorda County Birding and Nature Center

Matagorda County Chambers of Commerce Bay City Matagorda    Palacios    Sargent

Matagorda County Extension

Matagorda County Fair & Livestock Association

Matagorda County Museum

Matagorda Harbor

Matagorda Lighthouse

Matagorda Tourism

Newspapers  Bay City Sentinel  Bay City Tribune  Palacios Beacon

Palacios Area Historical Association and Museum

Port of Bay City

Preserve America
Schools   Bay City  Holy Cross  Matagorda  Palacios  Tidehaven  Van Vleck

Town Web Pages - Bay City   Palacios

Where to stay when researching in Matagorda County


Cyndi's List

Federal Census Enumerator Instructions 1850-1950

Find A Grave

Google Earth

Hereditary Societies 

Measuring Worth     compare money value 1774 - Present

National Register of Historic Places

Social Security Death Index

USGS National Mapping Information


Adjutant General Service Records

Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas - 1889 book

Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research

Clayton Library Friends 

Daughters of the Republic of Texas

Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Handbook of Texas

Indianola Immigrant Database

 Lone Star Junction
Portal to Texas History

San Jacinto Museum

Save Texas Cemeteries

Texas Almanac
Texas Daughters of the American Revolution

Texas Death Records
Texas Death Certificates 1890 - 1976  FREE

Texas Dept. of Agriculture Family Land Heritage Program

Texas Historic Sites Atlas

Texas Historical Commission

Texas Muster Rolls 1835-1836 - Actual images and surname index

Texas Newspapers Online

Texas Slavery Project

Texas State Genealogical Society

Texas State Historical Association

Texas State Library and Archives

United Daughters of the Confederacy, Texas Division

Women in Texas History


Neighboring Counties
Texas Counties A - Z



Fort Bend



October 2016
TXGenWeb State Coordinator 
Shirley Cullum

TXGenWeb Assistant State Coordinators
Carla Clifton     Jane Keppler


Matagorda County Coordinator
  Carol Sue Gibbs

Please contact me with additions, suggestions, comments or corrections.   If you find any broken links, please let me know.

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Copyright 2004 - Present by Carol Sue Gibbs          All rights reserved

Created Dec. 2, 2004 Updated  Dec. 3, 2017