Vital Statistics Records

Wednesday, September 1st, 2021 in County Clerk, genealogy, Portal to Texas History, research. No Comments

What are vital statistics records? Vital statistics records are those that record the important events in human life, such as births, deaths, marriages, and divorces. Vital statistics records are valuable sources of information when researching your family history. These are the various types of records in Travis County and where to locate them. Marriage Records […]


Convict Labor Records

Monday, August 31st, 2020 in collection highlights, history of Travis County, Portal to Texas History, research. No Comments

Convict leasing was a system of penal labor in which prisoner labor was leased to private parties. The practice began in Texas and other southern states shortly after the Civil War, when officials realized they had a large population of prisoners to care for and very little money.  Leasing the inmates to private individuals appeared to offer […]


Records of the Travis County Poor Farm

Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 in collection highlights, explore Travis County, history of Travis County, Portal to Texas History, research. No Comments

In a series of posts, we will be highlighting some of Travis County’s lesser known records and the unique information they contain. Travis County Poor Farm Record: 1890-1900 (1 volume). Ledger includes an inventory of property belonging to the Travis County Poor Farm; list of paupers; list of hands hired; list of county convicts sent […]


The 1918 Influenza Outbreak

Monday, April 6th, 2020 in history of Travis County, news, research. No Comments

During the fall of 1918 and the winter of 1919, an epidemic of influenza affected much of the civilized world. An estimated twenty-five million Americans experienced what became known as the Spanish flu; an estimated 550,000 died from the disease. More U.S. soldiers died from the 1918 flu than were killed in battle during the […]


New Folk Art Exhibits

Thursday, May 11th, 2017 in events, exhibits, folk art, Travis County Folk Art Museum. No Comments

The Travis County Communications and Records Services Department (CARS) and the Austin Friends of Folk Art (AFFA) are proud to present new folk art exhibits now available for viewing. The exhibits are in the Hall of Government and 2nd floor lobby of the Travis County Administrative Building at 700 Lavaca St, Austin, TX, 78701. The […]