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Matagorda County
Preserve America County

Dedicated to preserving the memories of Matagorda County, Texas residents.

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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."
--Sarah--True Women

A Walk of Honor is planned for June 8th to honor MSGT Mike Casteneda Pena who received the Army Medal of Honor Posthumously on March 18th

Medal of Honor


63 Years

After Being

Killed in Action


Master Sergeant
Mike Castaneda Peña

November 6, 1924 – September 5, 1950
Cedarvale Cemetery

The family of MSGT. Mike Castaneda Pena
has received news that the Medal of Honor will be 
posthumously awarded at a  mass
ceremony in Washington, D. C. on
March 18, 2014.

Read the Story

MSGT Pena's Casualty Page


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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.






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.

Texas Counties A - Z

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Adjutant General's Report List of Fugitives From Justice  1878 Marriages 1903-1914; 1966-2002 & Wedding Articles
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 - NEW
Bible Records Matagorda County Historical Commission
Bibliography Matagorda County Misc. Items
Survey Markers
Births  Medical History
Brands and Marks Memories
Businesses             Jewish Businesses Military Information 
Caney Run Mail Route Naturalizations
Cemeteries          Obituary and Cemetery Index Neighbors - Jackson County          Deutschburg History
Census Information
1850 Index,  1870 African Americans
1870 Palacios Point      1870 Matagorda Peninsula
     Search 1880    1910 Collegeport
1910 Palacios Census Occupations
Dear Santa - Letters to Santa 1929-1931      Shocking Stories
Colonial-Tribune Mickey Mouse Club
Celebrations - Parties, socials, etc.
Centenarians Notaries 1913
Churches 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
Confederate Information
Records of Interments of Confederate Veterans - UDC Committee
Photo Album
Court Records Pioneer Settlers of Matagorda County
DAR Mary Rolph Marsh Chapter   Political Graveyard
Deaths        Interments 1839-1864       Deaths 1911 - 1917
Texas Death Certificates 1890 - 1976  FREE
1906 Bay City Telephone
1941 Bay City Directory - African-American Entries
Publications For Sale
Divorces Queries - Cousin Connect, Gen Forum, Rootsweb
Elected Officials Railroads
Epidemics          1862 Yellow Fever          1918 Influenza Ranching
Families               Jewish Families of Matagorda County Records on Microfilm
Family Land Heritage Properties Research Resources
Flag Rice Festival        Queens          1902 Rice Carnival Brochure
Fraternal Organizations School History          School Censuses
School Censuses 1923-1946 - images
Funeral Homes SRT Matagorda Chapter No. 35
Gold Star Mothers
1930 Gold Star Mother Pilgrimage of Mrs. Carrie Kelly
Surname List
Historical Markers Tombstone Transcription Project
History Makers Towns and Communities
Hotels & Motels UDC  E.S. Rugeley Chapter 542
Hurricanes     1909     1942 Voters' Registration - 1867-1869
Libraries - Bay City   catalog  - Palacios War Casualties
Maps Women's Suffrage



1895 Atlas

Bay City Landmark Commission Buildings

LaSalle Odyssey

Mad Island Marsh Preserve

Matagorda Area Network

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 County Property 

Matagorda Harbor

Matagorda Lighthouse

Matagorda Tourism

Newspapers  Bay City Tribune  Palacios Beacon  Matagorda County Advocate

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

USS Matagorda (AVP-22), 1941-1949 

Where to stay when researching in Matagorda County


Cyndi's List

Federal Census Enumerator Instructions 1850-2000

Find A Grave

Google Earth

Hereditary Societies 

Land Grant Database


Measuring Worth     compare money value 1774 - 2009

National Register of Historic Places

Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness

USGS National Mapping Information

Vital Search - vital records


Adjutant General Service Records

Angelina College Genealogy Conference

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

Index to Military Rolls of the Republic of Texas 1835 - 1845

Indianola Immigrant Database

 Lone Star Junction

Postcards of Texas

San Jacinto Museum

Save Texas Cemeteries

Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred

Texas Almanac

Texas Death Records
Texas Death Certificates 1890 - 1976  FREE

Texas Dept. of Agriculture Family Land Heritage Program

Texas General Land Office

Texas Historic Sites Atlas

Texas Historical Commission

Texas in the Civil War

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

Texas Newspapers Online

Texas Physicians Historical Biographical Database

Texas Slavery Project

Texas State Electronic Library

Texas State Genealogical Society

Texas State Historical Association

Texas State Library and Archives

United Daughters of the Confederacy, Texas Division

Women in Texas History


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Shirley Cullum
TXGenWeb Assistant State Coordinators
Carla Clifton     Christina Palmer



Matagorda County Coordinator
  Carol Sue Gibbs

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Copyright 2004 - Present by Carol Sue Gibbs          All rights reserved

Created Dec. 2, 2004 Updated  Apr. 18, 2014