The genealogy room at the Bay City Public Library is loaded with material to help you in your genealogy research. This service is provided in partnership with the Matagorda County Genealogical Society.

Items Available

  • Family history section
  • Matagorda County Obit Books
  • Microfiche: Military file of all soldiers who died in WWII
  • Microfilm: Texas birth and death records, Federal census for Texas and many other states, Matagorda County newspapers
  • Periodicals including Family Tree, Internet Genealogy, Oak Leaves, Footprints, and several more from across the United States
  • Section on each of the states
  • Section on Matagorda County
  • Section on United States


For information, requests, queries, and more email the Library


TXGenWebsite for Matagorda County

Contains a wealth of information on Matagorda County and much more. It includes links to great genealogy websites for Matagorda County and general links, genealogy books to buy for information on Cedarvale Cemetary. View more information on the U.S. Gen Website.

TexShare Databases

Available free through Bay City Public Library, Palacios Library and other public libraries across the great state of Texas. Visit your local library to get the necessary login and password. Databases for genealogy include HeritageQuest (Census Records, Books, PERSI, Revolutionary War Records and Freedman’s Bank Records) as well as the Texas Digital Sanborn Maps.

Historic Matagorda County Volumes 1 & 2

The original volumes of Historic Matagorda County are available online in a searchable format.