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Corpus Christi Public Records
Corpus Christi is a relatively large coastal city located in the southern portion of Texas. The city boasts a population of more than 300,000 residents who enjoy the metropolitan district as well as the beach living. Corpus Christi was first established in 1839 as Kinney’s Trading Post. The name was changed in 1852, at the time the city was officially incorporated. The area has seen a rich history as a post used to sell supplies to the Mexican revolutionary army during its early years. Births, deaths and marriages of the residents of the city can be found today through Corpus Christi, Texas public records.
About Corpus Christi Public Records
Under state law, public records in Corpus Christi are restricted to authorized individuals. Those individuals include:
Birth records are restricted for 75 years after the date of birth. At that time, the official birth document becomes a matter of public record. Death certificates follow similar restrictions, but for only 25 years after the date of death. Prior to those dates, anyone wishing to obtain an official copy of a public record in Corpus Christi will need to provide proper identification and proof of relationship to the individual on the document.
Unofficial documents can be obtained during that restricted window as well. This includes birth and death indexes, as well as indexes of marriages and divorces that have been recorded in the city. In the event of a genealogy search, an unofficial document may suffice. However, if the document is to be used to obtain a driver’s license, social security card or passport, an official document will be required.
Where to Find Public Records in Corpus Christi, TX
Birth and death records in Corpus Christi are located through the City of Corpus Christi Health District. Documents can be requested by mail, by downloading the request form from the Health District website and mailing it to the address listed. There is also an online tool that allows interested parties to search and request documents. Requests are also accepted in person – the office is open Monday through Friday.
Court records for Corpus Christi can be found through the Nueces County Clerk. This includes marriage and divorce records, as well as documents from other types of court proceedings. The county clerk website does provide an online tool to make it easier for individuals to search for the documents they are interested in.
Online Corpus Christi Public Records
The most convenient way to locate Corpus Christi public records is online. Fortunately, there are a number of options here. The Health District offers an online tool for finding birth and death records, while the county clerk provides a similar online function for finding court proceedings and documents. In addition, online genealogy services like recordsbase.com offers easy search options that allow you look for documents by simply entering a name.