An unexpected find

Monday, April 29th, 2013 in news. No Comments

When sorting through early county records, you never know what you might find.  Certain types of documents give you pause, especially those that just look “old” – they are worn, fragile, with handwritten script in fading ink. The date is one of the first things you check – and when that date actually predates your […]


Historical Commission receives Distinguished Service Award

Thursday, January 31st, 2013 in news, Travis County Historical Commission. No Comments

On January 22, 2013, the Travis County Commissioners Court presented the Historical Commission with a 2011 Distinguished Service Award, recognition from the Texas Historical Commission for an “active and well-balanced preservation program.” Members in attendance to receive the framed award were Adrienne Risom, Margie Alford, May Schmidt, Marty Moulthrop, Nancy Hamilton, Bob Ward, Danny Camacho, Shawn Malone, and […]


Travis County History Day 2012

Thursday, December 6th, 2012 in Uncategorized. No Comments

The fifth annual Travis County History Day was a success! Thanks to all of you who were able to make it to the event. Held on October 26, 2012, the event celebrated Travis County: Then and Now, by looking at the ways the county has changed over its history. The event took place at 700 […]


5th Annual Travis County History Day

Friday, August 3rd, 2012 in Uncategorized. No Comments

The fifth annual Travis County History Day will be held on Friday, October 26, 2012, from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm, at 700 Lavaca Street in downtown Austin, in the new Hall of Government located on the first floor.  The theme for this year’s event is Travis County: Then and Now. Travis County History Day […]


Records of the County Surveyor

Friday, January 13th, 2012 in collections, elected officials. No Comments

The records of the Travis County Surveyor, dating from 1838-1999, are now available for research. The office of County Surveyor is one that dates back to the early days of Texas.  Under the Republic of Texas, the County Surveyor was appointed by Congress. The Constitution of 1845 made the office elective for a two-year term, […]


Genealogical Research Using County Records

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 in genealogy, research. No Comments

Interested in doing genealogical research using county records?  Here is a short slideshow that discusses the types of records available at Travis County and how to go about accessing them. (Click on the arrows at the bottom right-hand corner of the box to expand the slideshow to full screen mode.) [slideshare id=10074253&doc=genealogicalresearchatthecourthouse-onlineversion-111108112018-phpapp01]


Travis County History Day 2011

Friday, October 28th, 2011 in events, people, Travis County History Day. No Comments

The fourth annual Travis County History Day was held on Friday, October 21, 2011.  The event was in celebration of all past and present county elected officials, who are an important part of our county’s history.  The event was held at 700 Lavaca, in the future site of the Commissioners Courtroom.  It was very well […]