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County Records on Microfilm

Introduction

There is great genealogical and historical value in records of local governments. Information found in Texas county records can include deed and property transactions, probate and wills, naturalizations, vital statistics, voter registrations, school records, tax payments, and more.

Texas county records filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah (GSU) have been made available for researchers to borrow through interlibrary loan through twenty-three depositories in Texas, including the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) Genealogy Collection in Austin. The microfilm may also be available to use in person at the repository for a given region.

Photograph of a drawer with county records on microfilm

Not all Texas counties, and not all of the records held in each county were filmed. See our online guide to county records for details about the types of records that were filmed and what kind of information can be found in them.

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County Records at TSLAC

TSLAC is the microfilm depository for the following Texas counties. Libraries may borrow the film through interlibrary loan (ILL). Select a county below to see which records have been filmed:

Atascosa Bandera Bastrop Bexar
Blanco Caldwell Comal Frio
Galveston Gillespie Grayson Guadalupe
Harris Hays Karnes Kendall
Kerr Kinney Llano McMullen
Medina Uvalde Wilson  
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County Records at Other Depositories

Film for the following counties are housed at depositories throughout Texas and are also available for libraries to borrow through interlibrary loan (ILL). Select a county below to see which records have been filmed:

Anderson Andrews Angelina Aransas
Archer Austin Bee Bell
Bosque Bowie Brazoria Brazos
Brewster Brooks Brown Burleson
Burnet Calhoun Callahan Cameron
Camp Cass Chambers Cherokee
Clay Coke Collin Colorado
Cooke Coryell Crane Crosby
Culberson Dallas Dawson Delta
Denton DeWitt Dimmit Duval
Ector Ellis Erath Falls
Fannin Fayette Fisher Floyd
Fort Bend Franklin Freestone Gaines
Garza Goliad Gonzales Greer
Gregg Grimes Hamilton Hardin
Harrison Haskell Henderson Hidalgo
Hill Hood Hopkins Houston
Hudspeth Hunt Jackson Jasper
Jeff Davis Jefferson Jim Hogg Johnson
Kaufman Kenedy Knox Lamar
Lampasas La Salle Lavaca Lee
Leon Liberty Limestone Live Oak
Lubbock Lynn Madison Marion
Martin Matagorda Maverick McLennan
Midland Milam Montague Montgomery
Morris Nacogdoches Navarro Newton
Nueces Orange Panola Parker
Pecos Polk Reagan Red River
Refugio Robertson Rockwall Rusk
Sabine San Augustine San Jacinto San Patricio
Shackelford Shelby Smith Somervell
Starr Stephens Stonewall Taylor
Throckmorton Titus Travis Trinity
Tyler Val Verde Van Zandt Victoria
Walker Waller Ward Washington
Webb Wharton Wichita Wilbarger
Willacy Williamson Wise Wood
Young Zapata Zavala  
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Microfilm Access

County records on microfilm are available to borrow through interlibrary loan (ILL). Please contact your local library for assistance with borrowing the film. Your request should include the specific reel numbers for the microfilm you wish to use, as well as the name of the county and name of the repository that houses the film reels. Individuals requesting to borrow film as a patron of TSLAC may wish to review our ILL policies for registration and request instructions.

Loan Policies for Libraries

  • No more than five (5) reels of microfilm may be on loan to the same researcher at the same time.
  • Microfilm can be loaned for fourteen (14) days, but loans may be extended for an additional fourteen days if no other request for the microfilm has been received.
  • The microfilm is for in-library use only and cannot be removed by the researcher from the premises of the requesting institution.

In addition to ILL, some repositories may allow on-site access to the county records on microfilm they house. Contact a repository for more information about visiting their facility to access the reels.

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Certified Copies

TSLAC and requesting institutions are not permitted to provide certified copies of documents on microfilm. If a certified copy is needed, the researcher should obtain it from the county clerk or district clerk who is the custodian of the original record. The current custodian of the records of the county superintendents of schools is the county clerk.

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Condition of Microfilmed Records

Though the filming process attempts to capture the best possible image of each page of each document, the result may not be microfilm that is easy to read due to the original condition of the record. Known issues include:

  • Nineteenth century iron-based inks can chip away, leaving a faint reddish-brown "ghost" script that is extremely difficult to read.
  • Aged handwriting on blue paper, popular with nineteenth century paper manufacturers, can be nearly illegible, even to the naked eye.
  • Sharp legibility may be sacrificed during filming to avoid damaging original records.

Researchers should attempt to see the original document in those instances in which the quality of the microfilm is poor. Contact the county clerk or district clerk who is the custodian of the original record.

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Additional Sources of Local Records

You may wish to check these additional county and local resources about records that may be available.

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Page last modified: October 14, 2020