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Matagorda County
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That is as alive when we're old as when our eyes first see the world."
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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
1837-1955          1966-2002          Wedding Articles
Archives  Matagorda County: The Texas Revolution & The Republic of Texas
Auto Owners - 1912     1928     1929 Jul-Aug Matagorda County Genealogical Society
Oak Leaves (MCGS publication) Master Index
Bible Records Matagorda County For Kids
Bibliography Matagorda County Historical Commission
Births  Matagorda County Misc. Items
Survey Markers
Brands and Marks Medical History
Businesses             Jewish Businesses Memories
Caney Run Mail Route Military Information 
Cemeteries          Obituary and Cemetery Index Murder and Mayhem
Census Information Naturalizations
Centenarians Neighbors - Jackson County          Deutschburg History
Churches Newspapers      Palacios Beacon Online  NEW
Dear Santa - Letters to Santa 1929-1931
Shocking Stories
Colonial-Tribune Mickey Mouse Club
Celebrations - Parties, socials, etc.
Confederate Information 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
DAR Mary Rolph Marsh Chapter   Oil Industry
Deaths        Interments 1839-1864       Deaths 1911 - 1917
Texas Death Certificates 1890 - 1976  FREE

Social Security Death Index
Photo Album
1906 Bay City Telephone
1941 Bay City Directory - African-American Entries
Pioneer Settlers of Matagorda County
Divorces Political Graveyard
Elected Officials Postmasters
Epidemics          1862 Yellow Fever          1918 Influenza Publications For Sale
Family Histories
     Jewish Families of Matagorda County
Matagorda County Doctors
Queries - Cousin Connect, Gen Forum, Rootsweb
Family Land Heritage Properties Railroads
Farming     Rice Ranching
Flag Records on Microfilm
Fraternal Organizations Research Resources
Funeral Homes Rice Festival        Queens          1902 Rice Carnival Brochure
Gold Star Mothers
1930 Gold Star Mother Pilgrimage of Mrs. Carrie Kelly
School History          School Censuses
School Censuses 1923-1946 - images
Historical Markers SRT Matagorda Chapter No. 35
History Makers Surname List
Hotels & Motels Tombstone Transcription Project
Hurricanes     1909     1942 Towns and Communities
Intercoastal Canal Celebration UDC  E.S. Rugeley Chapter 542
Libraries - Bay City    Palacios Voters' Registration - 1867-1869
Local Contacts War Casualties
Maps Women's Suffrage



1895 Atlas

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 1850-2000

Find A Grave

Google Earth

Hereditary Societies 

Measuring Worth     compare money value 1774 - 2009

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



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October 2016
TXGenWeb State Coordinator 
Shirley Cullum

TXGenWeb Assistant State Coordinators
Carla Clifton     Jane Keppler


Matagorda County Coordinator
  Carol Sue Gibbs

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Created Dec. 2, 2004 Updated  Oct. 17, 2016