Uvalde County, Texas



Please pardon the dust while the Uvalde County website is being updated.

My name is Susan Collard and I am the new county coordinator for Uvalde County. If you have information to submit for this website, please contact me.
Many thanks to Hugh Swift for the time he devoted to this website as the previous county coordinator.

THIS SITE LAST UPDATED January 3, 2014


Uvalde County

A Brief History: Created from Bexar County in 1850; re-created and reorganized in 1856. Named for the 1778 Governor of Coahuila and noted Indian fighter, Juan de Ugalde, with the name Anglicized. Uvalde County's most famous son was John Nance Garner, Vice-President of the United States under Franklin Roosevelt from 1933 to 1941. His nickname of "Cactus Jack" was earned through forthright comments such as the office of vice-president "isn't worth a bucket of warm spit." Uvalde County is located on the southwest side of the Texas Hill Country between Del Rio and San Antonio and the lands include parts of the Edwards Plateau and the Nueces River. The county seat is Uvalde, a small town at the crossroads of two of our nation's longest highways, US 90 and US 83, both of which extend from border to border. A host of historic, interesting and recreational sites make Uvalde a wonderful place to visit. For a more detailed History of Uvalde County check out The Handbook of Texas Online.

Famous People from Uvalde County: Former Vice Presidend John Nance "Cactus Jack" Garner was born near Detroit, Texas, on Nov. 22, 1868 and began law practice in Uvalde in 1890 and died in Uvalde on Nov. 7, 1967. Former Texas Governor Dolph Briscoe was born April 23, 1923 in Uvalde and died June 27, 2010. Hollywood superstar Dale Evans (wife of Roy Rogers) was born Frances Octavia Smith in Uvalde on October 31, 1912. Ben Kinchlow, former Co-host of Pat Robertson's 700 Club, was born December 27, 1936, in Uvalde. Hollywood actor Matthew McConaughey was born November 4th, 1969 in Uvalde.

The USGenWeb Project: Several years ago the USGenWeb Project was created to further the craft of genealogy in the United States and to the extent possible, keep genealogy free. One of the goals was to also develop a network of volunteers who would establish a genealogy program in each state. For this state it is the TXGenWeb Project. Use these links to visit the two websites which fully explain the goals, methods, and successes of both projects. One part of the ultimate goal is to have a county website for each county in every state of the union. There are 254 counties in Texas and it is quite a chore to keep enough volunteers to cooordinate those counties. If you are interested in adopting a Texas County, (becoming a coordinator) Go Here for a list of orphan counties or to get placed on a waiting list for a particular county.

Working With Surnames: Surnames grouped by county are one of the most useful tools available to the genealogist or family researcher. It not only can add to the information gathered by the individual making the search but many times the local contact for a particular surname comes away with information he/she has needed after years of searching. Gathering these surnames and email addresses will be slow in the beginning but when the value of the Surname Page becomes evident, the list will quickly grow to several pages of names. So go the Surname Page right now and send your surname or surnames for this county and your email address and I will get it posted as quickly as possible.

Site Manager:As your county coordinator, I will do my best to keep your site in good repair with links that work, information that is correct, and subjects that are valuable in your genealogical searches. Please notify me by email immediately when you find a broken link, a misspelled word or I've written a sentence that makes no sense! I value any suggestions you may have to make this a better site.
Susan Collard



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SITE INDEX

QUERIES

A listing of message boards


LOST WORDS
An "off subject" list of words no longer in common use


MAILING LISTS
A mailing list for almost any subject...a list of 55


BIOGRAPHIES
Some of the Uvalde pioneers appear here

CENSUS SCHEDULES
Some early information

LOOKUP VOLUNTEERS
The "life blood" of a genealogy site... Can you help?


MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS
Diseases, legal terms, newspapers


RECOMMENDED READING
A worthwhile bibliography

UVALDE COUNTY MILITARY
War Dead, CSA Pensions, Korea, Vietnam


UVALDE COUNTY SURNAMES
Past or present residents of Uvalde County


OTHER COUNTY RESOURCES
To help you 'navigate' when searching in Uvalde County


UVALDE COUNTY CEMETERIES
Directions, pictures, burial lists


UVALDE COUNTY HISTORICAL SITES
Directions, pictures, links to Texas Historical Commission.


UVALDE COUNTY VITAL RECORDS
birth, death, marriage, and divorce


VALUABLE GENEALOGICAL WEBSITES
There are a 'blue million'... these I've found most useful


UVALDE COUNTY TOWNS - PAST AND PRESENT
Present names, previous names, pictures


PEOPLE, PLACES AND EVENTS IN UVALDE COUNTY HISTORY
Individuals, families, judges, law enforcement, postmasters




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