Collin County, Texas Genealogy

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Guide to Collin County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Collin County, Texas
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Location in the state of Texas, United States Genealogy
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Location of Texas in the U.S.
Founded April 3, 1846
County Seat McKinney
Address Collin County Courthouse
210 S McDonald Street Ste 124
McKinney, TX 75069-5655
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for Collin McKinney (1766-1861), one of the five men who drafted the Texas Declaration of Independence and the oldest of the 59 men who signed it. The County is located in the northeast-central area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Collin County Courthouse
210 S McDonald Street Ste 124
McKinney, TX 75069-5655;
Phone: 972.548.413

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
court record to 1970, marriage and probate records;
District Clerk has divorce and land records[2]

County Clerk

2300 Bloomdale Road, Suite 2106
McKinney, TX 75071
Phone: 972-548-4139

District Clerk

P.O. Box 578
McKinney, TX 75069
Phone: 972-548-4320

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1903 1846 1903 1970 1846 1846 1829
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903. General compliance by the 1930s.

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1846--Collin County was created 3 April 1846 from Fannin County.

  • County seat: McKinney [4]

The county was named for Collin McKinney, (1766-1861), land surveyor, merchant, politician, and lay preacher, was born on April 17, 1766, in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, second of ten children of Daniel and Massie (Blatchley) McKinney (many variants of his mother's names occur in the sources).

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

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
Census-designated places
Historic communities
Ghost towns

‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Dallas  • Denton  • Fannin  • Grayson  • Hunt  • Rockwall

Resources[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

Cemetery[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
GenWeb Archives Texas Cemeteries
BillionGraves Linkpendium
TXGenWeb Interment
Names in Stone FamilySearch Places
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
Source: "".

Church[edit | edit source]

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court[edit | edit source]

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.

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Collin 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.

  • Collin County: Pioneering in North Texas, 1975, by Roy Franklin Hall and Helen Gibbard Hall.
  • From Blackland Prairie to Blacktop: a History of Collin County, by Randolph W. Farmer.
  • A History of Collin County, 1958, by J. Lee and Lillian J. Stambaugh. Read it on line from The Portal to Texas History.
  • History of Frisco, 1902-1976, published by Frisco Bicentennial Society
  • History of McKinney and Collin County, written for the Encyclopedia of Texas, 1924, pamphlet. Read it online from The Portal to Texas History.
  • History of Nevada, Texas. by Grace (Moran) Evans.
  • Images of America: McKinney, 2010 by Ryan Barnhart and Ryan Estes. See part of the book online at Google Books.
  • Plano: an Illustrated Chronicle, by Vicki Northcutt.
  • Prosper, Texas its History and Families, by Bill Hays.
  • Scrapbook of Traditions, Annals and History: Collin County from 1846 to 1880, the George Pearis Brown Papers, edited by Helen Gibbard Hall and Donald R. Hoke.
  • Wylie Area Heritage, by Beb Fulkerson.
  • Collin County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Texas Museums List of all museums in Texas ~ Hidden Ancestors

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Military[edit | edit source]

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

Online Records

World War I[edit | edit source]
Word War II[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

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

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate[edit | edit source]

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.

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.

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]

Collin County Historical Society & Museum
300 E. Virginia Street
McKinney, TX 75069
Telephone Number: 972-542-9457

North Collin County Genealogical Society
McKinney, Texas

Collin County Genealogical Society
PO Box 865052
Plano 75086-5052

Charles J Rike Memorial Library
203 Orange St
Farmersville, TX 75442
Telephone Number: 972-782-6681

Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library
101 E Hunt St
McKinney, TX 75069
Telephone Number: 972-547-7323

Genealogy, Local History, Texana, and Archives
Plano Public Library System
2501 Coit Rd
Plano, TX 75075
Telephone Number: 972-769-4240

Genealogy Friends of Plano Libraries, Inc.
P.O. Box 860477
Plano, TX 75086‐0477
Telephone Number: 972-836-9436

Rita Truett Smith Public Library
800 Thomas St
Wylie, TX 75098
Telephone Number: 972-442-7566

Allen Public Library
300 N Allen Dr
Allen, TX 75013
Telephone Number: 214-509-4900

Celina Community Library
710 E Pecan St
Celina, TX 75009
Telephone Number: 469- 742-9131

Melissa Public Library
1713 Cooper St
Melissa, TX 75454
Telephone Number: 972-837-4540

Frisco Public Library
6101 Frisco Square Blvd Ste 3000
Frisco, TX 75034
Telephone Number: 972-292-5669

Princeton Community Library
319 Mckinney Ave
Princeton, TX 75407
Telephone Number: 972-736-3741

Prosper Community Library
200 S. Main
Prosper, TX 75078
Telephone Number: 972-346-2455

Family History Centers
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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Collin County, Texas," in,_Texas. accessed 07/30/2019
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Collin County, Texas. Page 661 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Collin 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, "Collin County, Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Texas, accessed 31 March 2019.