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Medina County TXGenWeb

TXGenWeb for Medina County



Medina County, Texas was created from Bexar County and organized on August 7, 1848.  Most of the earliest settlers were brought to Medina County by Henry Castro.  He arranged for 27 ships to bring 2134 colonists from 16 countries between 1842 and 1847.  The largest groups of immigrants were from Alsace and from Germany.  The early settlements were Castroville founded in 1844, Quihi in 1845, Vandenburg in 1846, New Fountain in 1846 and D'Hanis in 1848.  The original county seat was Castroville, but it was moved to Hondo in 1892. 

(Medina County courthouse in Hondo before 1938.  Photo courtesy of John Avant)

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It is my very great honor to be chosen as coordinator of the Medina County TXGenWeb site. No mere words are adequate to thank Margaret Meyer Simpson
for her years of dedicated work gathering all the information presented here. God bless, Margaret, and thank you!
~ Donna Schulte Loth

A few words of caution:
The above search includes pages in this web site.  Linked sites will not be included.  Also, the census records are exact transcriptions and census takers frequently misspelled names.  Looking through the alphabetical indices will allow you to see names that are similar.

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Bethlehem Lutheran Church Records
Quihi 1852-1902
Scanned from what appears to be a carbon copy of Richard & Martha Balzen's 1976 text.

Castro Colonist's Land Grants
Includes links to scanned copies of the Texas Government Land Office files containing original certificates for Castro Colony Land Grants



Ships & Passenger Lists
Chronological list of ships carrying early immigrants to Medina County, TX, including those arranged by Henry Castro with links to transcriptions & copies of the original passenger list where available (printing a copy of  a scanned original page for your personal use is permitted.)

Early Immigrants (1842-1860)
  543 families from Alsace, Belgium, Holland, Austria, Hungary, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, France (ex Alsace), Germany and Switzerland (includes Castro colonists)
updated Jan 2014




Medina County Message Board
Queries (searchable) provided by RootsWeb &

Texas Union Soldier Schedule
(Census of Union soldiers living in Medina County in 1890)



Personal Genealogy Sites related to Medina County (If you'd like to have your site included, e-mail Margaret Meyer Simpson, County Coordinator.)

Texas Gold Star Mothers and Widows
Mothers & widows were invited to attend a pilgrimage to Europe in 1930-1933 to visit the graves of their loved ones.


Historic Sites


What's New!
updated Jan 2014

Naturalization Records (Compiled by the WPA)
A - E
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Connect with Medina County
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Newspaper Archives
(from the Castroville Public Library)




Early Automobiles
Registered in Medina County
Jul 2012

Medina County Military Veterans
31st Militia Brigade, Texas State Troops
A - M     N - Z 
Jul 2012



Index to War Activities of Medina County
1917 -  1919     A - M     N - Z
Jul 2012

Medina County WWII Veterans
A - M     N - Z
Jul 2012

If you have any information that can be shared with fellow researchers or any questions, please e-mail Donna Schulte Loth,County Coordinator. 

Thanks to everyone who contributed data & photos; without you there would be no TXGenWeb for Medina County.

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This page was last updated on 22 Jul 2017.