Colonial Archives of Texas: Municipality of Brazoria County, Texas


                  Colonial Archives of Texas: Municipality of Brazoria County, Texas

                                                      WPA Workers **

Because of the historical significance of this volume, detailed attention has been given to the colonial records found in this publication. Containing extant records from April 28, 1832 through February 20, 1837, this rich research resource begins with a brief history of Brazoria County, Texas followed by a potpourri of genealogical records. With everything from marriages to land records, estates, bonds, contracts, and probate actions, the inventory is divided into four groups on the basis of contents:

  • Land Records: Two Volumes: Record of Spanish Deeds and Transcribed Spanish Records
  • Marriage Records: Bonds, Agreements, and contracts. Records begin in 1829 and end in approximately 1836.
  • Estates: Cases probated or containing instruments prior to February 28, 1837.
  • Court Records: Law Suits, Arrests, Probate Matters, etc.

Once the file number, date, or claim number is know, additional information may be available from the Brazoria County Clerk.

** WPA Workers
During the Great Depression in the early 1900s, many Americans were given a "job" by the United States Government to support their family. One such "job" was transcribing early court, family, Bible, and cemetery records as well as other local records. Original versions were typed on onion skin paper with "x" number of carbon copies. Although the State Archives owns the vast majority of 'first' or typed copy, carbons have circulated for years but are now scattered. Often the typing is not the best and is difficult to read but these valuable records still constitute one of the best sources of information for Tennessee Counties. In many cases, these are all that remain of the original as many county records have been lost. WPA records are generally full text transcription: much larger in scope than an abstraction or summary.

8.5"x11", soft cover, 153pp