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How to decipher Texas land records?

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I have a record of a relative, Mathias Kabella, buying 125 acres of  along or near the San Bernardo River, near Cat Spring, Tex. in 1857. Source is Austin County of Register of Deeds. I'd like to know exactly where? The survey description is clear as mud. The Reg. of Deeds says they have no other info. I could use help from someone who knows how to read survey language in Texas land records circa 1850; or knows someone who does; or can point me in the right direction. This is the link for the search query for KABELLA, MATHIAS. He bought from JOHN P.  OSTERHOUT. https://ava.fidlar.com/TXAustin/AvaWeb/#/search. Thanks! (Texas Land Office says it does not have such information either, and plat maps I dug up from them, from this period, appear to provide names only of original land owners.) 

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Lee Bergquist - WI
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In reply to by yvegen

Thank you, and a follow-up for others who are having difficulty reading 19th century land records in Texas. I reached out to a professional surveyor in Bellville, who helped me and I found the land I was looking for. I visited the site and was given a tour from the current owner of the property. Great experience!

In reply to by BergCzech

Hi! What a great story. Have you written about this experience? It seems that this would be a great case study that might be considered for publication in Nase rodina, or in one of the CGSI "How I Did It" segments.

Hi Lee. Since this is such a regional question I might suggest you try contacting the Texas Czechs https://www.txczgs.org/ They may have someone there who has used the records before. Or how about The TX State Genealogical Society? https://www.txsgs.org/