Culberson County, Texas Genealogy

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Culberson County, Texas
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Location in the state of Texas, United States Genealogy
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Founded 10 March, 1911
County Seat Van Horn
Address Culberson County Courthouse
P. O. Box 158
Van Horn, TX 79855
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for David B. Culberson, a lawyer and Confederate soldier in the American Civil War. The County is located in the west area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Culberson County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, burial, land, probate
military and court records from 1911[2]

County and District Clerk

P.O. Box 158
Van Horn 79855
Phone: 432-283-2058

Culberson County has had three courthouses. The county offices were first located in the Clark Hotel, the only permanent structure in Van Horn when the county was created in 1911. This temporary courthouse served the county until 1912 when a grand two-story brick courthouse was erected. The brick courthouse was torn down in the 1960s after the opening of the 1964 courthouse.

Culberson County Courthouse
P. O. Box 158
Van Horn, TX 79855
Culberson County Government Website

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1911 1911 1911 1911 1911 1911 1829
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903. General compliance by the 1930s.

History[edit | edit source]

1882--The first settlers arrived in 1882.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1911--Culberson County was created 10 March 1911 from El Paso County.

  • County seat: Van Horn [4]

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]

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
  • Plateau
Ghost towns

Ghost Towns[edit | edit source]

Grisham Pumping Station | Levinson | Lobo | Old Christian Place | Ort | Pezuna del Caballo

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Eddy County, New Mexico  • Hudspeth  • Jeff Davis  • Otero County, New Mexico  • Reeves

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
Linkpendium WorldCat Tombstone Project
BillionGraves (name) Cemeteries of TX
GenWeb Archives Texas Cemeteries
BillionGraves Names in Stone
TXGenWeb FamilySearch Places
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1920 912
1930 1,228 34.6%
1940 1,653 34.6%
1950 1,825 10.4%
1960 2,794 53.1%
1970 3,429 22.7%
1980 3,315 −3.3%
1990 3,407 2.8%
2000 2,975 −12.7%
2010 2,398 −19.4%
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Church[edit | edit source]

Churches in Van Horn, Texas

  • Assembly of God Church
    605 La Caverna, P.O. Box 579
    Van Horn, TX 79855, (432) 283-2736
  • Church of Christ
    Maple Street, P.O. Box 26
    Van Horn, TX 79855, (432) 283-2163
  • First Baptist Church
    2nd & Houston, P.O. Box 777
    Van Horn, TX 79855, (432) 283-2010 website
  • First United Methodist Church
    206 W. 4th, P.O. Box 67
    Van Horn, TX 79855, (432) 283-2181
  • Freeway Church of Christ
    607 Desert, P.O. Box 25
    Van Horn, TX 79855, (432) 283-2925
  • Highway 54 Church of Christ
    Highway 54 & 6th Street, P.O. Box 733
    Van Horn, TX 79855, (432) 283-9016
  • Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church
    P.O. Box 398
    Van Horn, TX 79855, (432) 283-2042
  • Primera Iglesia Bautista
    W. 2nd & Crockett, P.O. Box 1417
    Van Horn, TX 79855, (432) 283-2850
  • Seventh Day Adventist Church
    West Desert & Elm
    Van Horn, TX 79855

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 Culberson 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]

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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]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

  • Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Culberson County, Texas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:
TX Newspaper Abstracts (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).

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.

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]

Permian Historical Society

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, "Culberson County, Texas," in,_Texas. accessed 07/30/2019
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Culberson County, Texas. Page 662 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Culberson 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, "Culberson County, Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Texas, accessed 31 March 2019.