Brown County, Texas Genealogy

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Brown County, Texas
Map of Texas highlighting Brown County
Location in the state of Texas, United States Genealogy
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Location of Texas in the U.S.
Founded August 27, 1856
County Seat Brownwood
Address Brown County Courthouse
200 S Broadway Street
Brownwood, TX 76801
Phone: 325-643-2594
Brown County Website
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Henry Stevenson Brown, a commander at the Battle of Velasco, an early conflict between Texians and Mexicans. The County is located in the central area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County Clerk has birth records from 1900,
death records from 1903, marriage, land,
probate, court and military records from 1880;
District Court has divorce records from 1880[2]

County Clerk

200 S. Broadway
Brownwood 76801
Phone: 325-643-2594

District Clerk

200 S. Broadway
Brownwood 76801
Phone: 325-646-5514
Brown County Website

Brown County, Texas Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1900 1880 1903 1880 1880 1880 1829
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903. General compliance by the 1930s.

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1856--Brown County was created 27 August 1856 from Comanche and Travis Counties.

  • County seat: Brownwood [4]

The county was named for Henry Stevenson Brown, (1793-1834), early settler, trader, and Indian fighter, who was born in Madison County, Kentucky, on March 8, 1793, the son of Caleb and Jemima (Stevenson) Brown.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1880, 1894--Courthouse and many county records were destroyed by fire in March 1880 and February 1894.

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Unincorporated communities
  • Brookesmith
  • Indian Creek
Census-designated places

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Callahan  • Coleman  • Comanche  • Eastland  • McCulloch  • Mills  • San Saba

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
FindAGrave Family History Library FindAGrave
TX Gravestones WorldCat Tombstone Project
BillionGraves (name) Cemeteries of TX
USGW Archives Texas Cemeteries
BillionGraves Linkpendium
TXGenWeb Interment
FamilySearch Places
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Sources

Cemetery Books available from the Brown County Historical Society

  • History of Greanleaf Cemetery
  • Eastlawn Memorial Park, Early, Texas, records of over 4,000 tombstones,1951-2001.
  • Zephyr Cemetery Survey Book, 1455 deceased names listed with years of birth & death, updated 2007.
  • Salem Cemetery, Brown County, history and alphabetical listing of persons buried.
  • Fairview Cemetery, Grosvenor, list of known deceased from 1878, history, cemetery plat.
  • Rural Cemetery Inscriptions of Brown County Supplement includes 51 rural cemeteries updated 1970-2002.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 244
1870 544 123.0%
1880 8,414 1446.7%
1890 11,421 35.7%
1900 16,019 40.3%
1910 22,935 43.2%
1920 21,682 −5.5%
1930 26,382 21.7%
1940 25,924 −1.7%
1950 28,607 10.3%
1960 24,728 −13.6%
1970 25,877 4.6%
1980 33,057 27.7%
1990 34,371 4.0%
2000 37,674 9.6%
2010 38,106 1.1%
Source: "".

Church[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death/burial date and place. For general information about Texas denominations, view the Texas Church Records wiki page.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court[edit | edit source]

  • Brown County District Court Records, starting with 1860 are available at the Local History and Genealogy Library, Brownwood, Texas.

Land[edit | edit source]

After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions, including deeds and mortgages, have been recorded by the county. You can obtain copies of these land records by writing to the county clerk at the county courthouse. For more information, see Texas Land and Property.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists microfilm copies of deeds, trust deeds, and mortgages of many counties.

  • Brown County Bounty-Land Warrant Files A-S are available at the Local History and Genealogy Library, Brownwood, Texas.

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Brown County, Texas Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Texas Local Histories.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Callahan CountyEastland CountyComanche CountyMills CountySan Saba CountyMcCulloch CountyColeman CountyTX BROWN.PNG
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Military[edit | edit source]

Brown County World War II Veterans, Surnames A-G with brief biographical sketches. Alphabetical list of veterans who lost their lives; and Brown County World War II Veterans, Surnames H-Z, includes biographical sketches, "Women in the Military" and "Story of Camp Bowie. (In the Life and Lives of Brown County People, Vol. 12 & 13) Available from the Brown County Historical Society.

Mexican-American War[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]

Online Records

Civil War Veterans of Brown County (In the Life and Lives of Brown County People, Vol. 10) includes 440 Veteran listed alphabetically. Available from the Brown County Historical Society.

World War I[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Brown County, Texas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

TX Newspaper Abstracts (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).

Brownwood Bulletin and Brownwood Banner newspapers archives are available on microfilm at the Local History & Genealogy Library.

Probate[edit | edit source]

Probate records of Texas, United States Genealogy have been kept by the probate clerk in each county courthouse. You can obtain copies of the records from the clerk's office. In most counties, all information pertaining to a probate case is recorded in the "probate minutes."

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their places of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records.

See the Wiki page Texas Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

Online Probate Indexes and Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Texas tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Texas Taxation.

  • Brown County Tax Rolls 1859-1910 are available at the Local History and Genealogy Library, Brownwood, Texas.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

Certified birth and death certificates or birth and death verifications can be ordered online or by mail at the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health. Copies can also be obtained from the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred and are often less expensive.

Marriages records can be obtained from the county the marriage occurred. Only marriage verifications can be obtained from the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health.

See Texas Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Texas.

  • Brown County Marriage Records, Texas Birth Index 1903-1976 and Texas Deaths 1906-1973 are available on microfilm at the Local History and Genealogy Library, Brownwood, Texas.
Birth[edit | edit source]

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Death[edit | edit source]

Online Death Indexes and Records

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Libraries[edit | edit source]

  • Brownwood Public Library
    600 Carnegie
    Brownwood, TX 76801
    325-646-0155 website
  • Local History and Genealogy Library
    Includes DAR Genealogy Library
    across the street from the Courthouse
    213 S. Broadway
    Brownwood, TX 76801
    325-646-6006 information
    The library has the Brownwood newspapers on microfilm, City Directories from 1909, phone books, cemetery burial lists, Brown County Tax Rolls, District Court records, World War II records and newspaper clippings, and vital records.
    The libraries' Genealogy holdings are searchable in the Brown County Public Library catalog.
    Closed on weekends and Saturdays
  • Walker Memorial Library includes Burress Genealogy Library
    Howard Payne University
    1000 Fisk St.
    Brownwood, TX 76801
    325-649-8602 hours & info
    Genealogy collections are listed in the library's catalog
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Family History Center
    4503 4th St.
    Brownwood, TX 76801

Societies[edit | edit source]

Pecan Valley Genealogical Society
213 S. Broadway
Brownwood, TX 76801
Telephone Number: 325-646-6006

Brown County Historical Society
Located in the Local History and Genealogy Library
213 S. Broadway
PO Box 146
Brownwood, TX 76801-0146
Telephone Number: 325-646-8208

Brown County Historical Commission
305 North Fisk Avenue
Brownwood, TX 76801
Telephone Number: 325-643-3322

Museums[edit | edit source]

  • Brown County Museum of History
    Located in the Old Jail, Downtown Brownwood
    P.O. Box 2006
    Brownwood, TX 76804-2006
    325-641-1926 website
    Also has an Annex located at 209 Broadway Street, across from the Jail.
  • Blanket Museum of History
    Located in the former Blanket State Bank building and the former Ernest Allen Drug Store building
    712 Main Street
    Blanket, TX 76432 website

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Brown County, Texas," in,_Texas. accessed 07/25/2019
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Brown County, Texas. Page 659 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Brown County, Texas . Page 658-677 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 655-665.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Brown County, Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Texas, accessed 26 March 2019.