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Texas, Church Records, 1845-1957
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Texas, 
United States
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Location of Texas
Record Description
Record Type Marriages
Collection years 1845-1947
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What Is in This Collection?

This collection includes images of an index of parish registers, marriages, baptisms, burials, deaths, confirmations and communions from various churches throughout the state of Texas for the years 1845-1957. Most of the records are from the Catholic Church. Many marriages recorded in the South, are separated by race in volumes, books, or registers. Be sure to check to determine if you have the right set of marriage records.


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To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Texas, Church Records, 1845-1957.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Birth year
  • Birth place
  • Parents’ names

  • Marriage date
  • Marriage place
  • Marital status
  • Race
  • Name of previous spouse

How Do I Search This Collection?

Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

  • Name of the person
  • Name of spouse
  • Date of event
  • Location of event

Search the Index

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images

View images in this collection by visiting the Collection Browse Page:
  1. Select County, Town
  2. Select Church and Parish
  3. Select Record Type and Year Range to view the images

How Do I Analyze the Results?

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?

Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. Look at the actual image of the record, if you can, to verify the information and to find additional information.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

  • Use the age or estimated birth date to find other church and vital records such as birth, baptism, and death records
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses.

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives.
  • Try different spellings of the person’s names
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names.
  • Check the info box above for additional FamilySearch websites and related websites that may assist you in finding similar records

Research Helps

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Texas.

Citing This Collection

Citations help you keep track of places you have searched and sources you have found. Identifying your sources helps others find the records you used.

Collection Citation:
The citation for this collection can be found on the Collection Details Page in the section Citing this Collection.
Record Citation:
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Image Citation:
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