State of Texas began keeping Birth and Death Records in 1903. Some
counties have some Birth and Death Record Books that go back to
about 1850. For the first few years (1903-1925) as many as 20% of
the deaths and births were not reported to the state. Birth and
Death Indexes (name, date, location) are maintained at the State
Archives, Austin, Texas.
NOTE: All of the TXGenWeb Project databases shown on this page are located elsewhere so you will have to leave this website to access the material.
Texas Vital Record Laws at a Glance
Death Records: Death records become public information after the 25th anniversary of the date of death as shown on the record filed with the Bureau of Vital Statistics.
Marriage and Divorce Records: Both are considered public records and have no time restrictions.