Aransas County, Texas

AREA RESOURCES

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  • Aransas County Historical Society
  • Genealogical Society of Aransas County
  • Cemetery Associations
  • Clerks of Aransas County
  • Aransas County Public Library
  • Texas Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics

General information about Aransas County:


The Rockport Pilot publishes local news on Wednesday and Saturday of each week.  Their address is P.O. Box 730, Rockport, TX 78381, telephone 361-729-9900.  Visit their website where you will find local news and events, as well as published obituaries.

The Coastal Bend Herald also publishes local news.  Its address is 907 Bus. 35 South, Rockport, TX 78382, telephone (361) 729-1828.


The Genealogical Society of Aransas County meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Elementary School on Live Oak Street. All visitors are welcome.   Membership dues are $15 per year for single persons or $20 for married couples. 

Currently, no newsletter is being published by the GSAC, so there is little benefit to membership for those outside the county.  However, the GSAC is the host of this website and we hope to assist researchers in Aransas County by making data available on the Internet, publishing queries and doing lookups.

Researchers are encouraged to submit abstracted data, ancestor charts, family histories and biographical sketches for the GSAC's files.  Donations of books, microfilm, and other genealogy related materials for the Library are greatly appreciated.

For further information, please contact the GSAC at P.O. Box 1642, Fulton, TX 78358.


The Aransas County Public Library, 701 E. Mimosa, Rockport, TX 78382, telephone 361-790-0153, has a small genealogy section containing  books, family histories, video tapes, an IGI index and microfiche reader/printer, area cemeteries, and obituaries.  Through the efforts of the Library, GSAC and donations of others, this collection is growing.


The County Clerk, located in the Courthouse, 301 N. Live Oak Street, Rockport, TX 78382, telephone (361) 790-0122, has the following public records from 1871:

  • marriage records
  • probate records
  • civil and criminal court records
  • court minutes
  • property records -- deeds, maps & plats, oil & gas leases, etc.
  • brand registrations
  • birth records
  • death records
  • veterans discharge records
  • fictitious business name statements (dba's)

Certified copies may be obtained by sending a written application to the Clerk, together with a $5 search fee and costs of the copies.   For current fees and costs, call the Clerk's office.

The District Clerk's office, also located in the Courthouse, has district and county court-at-law civil and criminal court records.

County records prior to 1871, beginning in 1836, are stored on microfilm and may be obtained through inter-library loans from Texas A&M University in Kingsville, Texas and the LDS in Utah.


Birth and death records may also be obtained from the Texas Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, 1100 West 49th Street, Austin, TX 78756-3199, telephone 512-458-7111.


Adjoining Counties

You should be aware that there are several counties in close proximity in this area -- Aransas, San Patricio, Nueces, Calhoun, and Refugio.  In searching for your ancestors, do not overlook researching the adjoining counties as well.

 


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