Texas Vital Records

Vital records, as their name suggests, are connected with central life events: birth, marriage, and death. Maintained by civil authorities, they are prime sources of genealogical information; but, unfortunately, official vital records are available only for relatively recent periods. These records, despite their recent creation in the United States, are critically important in genealogical research, often supplying details on family members well back into the nineteenth century. The Source: A Guidebook of American Genealogy, by Loretto Szucs and Sandra Luebking.

Texas Bureau of Vital Records
Texas Department of Health
PO Box 12040
Austin, TX 78711-2040

Birth  $22.00

State office has records beginning 1903.

  • Texas Birth Certificates$
    Found here are Texas Birth Certificates from the years 1903 – 1910, and 1926 – 1929. To browse these records search by county, year, and then surname, beginning with the first letters of the last name of the person sought. Those unsure of the year or location should use the search box under the browse menu. The record’s can be searched by the parent’s first and last name (including the mother’s maiden name), year, county, and city. They include the child and parent’s full names, residence, occupations, age, time and date of birth. They also include the delivering physician’s name.

Check or money order should be made payable to Texas Department Of Health. Personal checks are accepted. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (512) 458-7111 . This is a recorded message.

Death  $20.00

State office has records beginning 1903.Additional copies of same death record ordered at same time are $3.00 each.

  • Texas Death Certificates $
    This section contains Death Certificates for the state of Texas from years 1890 – 1976. To find records search by first and last name of the deceased, the year of death, county and then city. The certificate can include the descendant’s date, place and cause of death. They may also include date of birth, age, last known residence, and marital status. The occasionally include an occupation, birth place, parent’s names and place of burial. Browse records by county, year, surname, beginning with the first letters of the last name of the person sought. If you are unsure of the year or location, use the search box under the browse menu.

Check or money order should be made payable to Texas Department Of Health. Personal checks are accepted. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (512) 458-7111 . This is a recorded message.

Divorce  $20.00

State office has records beginning January 1968. Certified copies are not available from State office. Fee is for search and verification of essential facts.

Marriage  $20.00

State office has records beginning January 1966. Certified copies are not available from State office. Fee is for search and verification of essential facts.

Alternatively, you may contact the County Clerk’s or Local Registrar’s Office in the county where the birth or death took place.



MLA Source Citation:

AccessGenealogy.com United States Vital Records. AccessGenealogy.com. Web. 13 September 2014. http://www.accessgenealogy.com/vital-records/texas-vital-records.htm - Last updated on May 11th, 2013


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