Dallas County, Texas Genealogy

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Dallas County, Texas
Map of Texas highlighting Dallas County
Location in the state of Texas, United States Genealogy
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Location of Texas in the U.S.
Founded March 30, 1846
County Seat Dallas
Address Dallas County Courthouse
500 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75202
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for George Mifflin Dallas, the 11th Vice President of the United States under U.S. President James K. Polk. The County is located in the northeast area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Dallas County Courthouse
500 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75202
Phone: 214.653.7131

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage records from 1846, probate, court and land records;
District Court has divorce[2]

County Clerk

509 Main Street, Ste. 200
Dallas 75202
Phone: 214-653-7099
Fax: 214-653-7176

District Clerk

600 Commerce Street
Dallas 75202
Phone: 214-653-7301

Dallas 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 1846 1846 1842 1829
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903. General compliance by the 1930s.

History[edit | edit source]

Dallas County, Texas is located in northeastern Texas and includes the city of Dallas and a number of other smaller communities. It was founded in the mid-1800s, and has been known for its fashion, ranching and farming marketplaces.


Parent County[edit | edit source]

1846--Dallas County was created 30 March 1846 from Robertson and Nacogdoches Counties.

  • County seat: Dallas [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1880--Courthouse interior destroyed by fire. Courthouse was rebuilt adding a third story to the building.[5]

1890--Courthouse destroyed by fire on 7 February 1890. All records were saved except those of the 44th District Court. [6]

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:[7]

Unincorporated communities
Historic communities

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

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Collin  • Denton  • Ellis  • Kaufman  • Rockwall  • Tarrant

Resources[edit | edit source]

African American[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 TX Gravestones
TXGenWeb Interment
Names in Stone FamilySearch Places
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

Church[edit | edit source]

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints[edit | edit source]

Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Dallas
Lutheran[edit | edit source]
  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Dallas County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[8]

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court[edit | edit source]

Dallas County was organized in 1846.The first court established for civil matters was the 14th District Court. Additional courts have been established: 14th, 44th, 68th, 95th, 101st, 116th, 134th, 160th, 162nd, 191st, 192nd, 193rd, and 298th. Records for the first five civil courts have been microfilmed

Directories[edit | edit source]

Land Records[edit | edit source]

Land records have been microfilmed and are only available on the second floor of the Records Building, 501 Main Street in downtown Dallas.

The following land records are available in the Genealogy Section of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library.

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Dallas 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]

Denton CountyCollin CountyRockwall CountyKaufman CountyEllis CountyTarrant CountyTX DALLAS.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

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

Online Records

Regiments. Service men in Dallas County, Texas Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Dallas County, Texas Genealogy:

World War I[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Dallas 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.

  • Dallas County Tax Rolls, 1846-1896 are available through the Family History Library and Family History Centers on films 2282008-2282009 and 2282160-2282163.
  • Dallas County Tax Lists from 1846 are also available online at www.FamilySearch.org. Some of the documents are difficult to read due to dark documents and faded ink.
  • 1846-1847: Courtesy of Dallas Genealogical Society

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.

Births[edit | edit source]

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Death[edit | edit source]

Online Death Indexes and Records

Divorces[edit | edit source]

Online Divorce Indexes and Records

  • 1837-1841 Texas divorces were originally handled by the Texas Congress from 1837 to 1841. District courts began to handle divorces in 1841. Abstracts of the District Court (Dallas County) Minute Book A are available on the Dallas Genealogical Society Web site.
  • 1846–1905 Divorces, Dallas County, TX, 1846–1905, abstracted by Jim Monaghan (929.37642 M734D), is also available at the Dallas Public Library.
  • 1968-2005 Texas Divorce Records 1968-2005 (index) - Hidden Ancestors
  • 1968 - 2010 Texas Divorce Index 1968-2010 — index - How to Use this Collection
  • 1968-2011 Texas Divorce Index, 1968-2011 available online from Ancestry.com ($). The Dallas Public Library has a library account to Ancestry.com which may be searched for free in the 8th floor Genealogy Department of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library. The Dallas Public Library also has the divorce index on microfiche.
  • 1968-2011 Texas Divorces 1968-2011 at Ancestry.com — index $
  • Dallas County District Court Civil Case Papers have been microfilmed. They are available on the 7th floor Texas/Dallas History Dept. of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library. Microfilm are through 1940. For information contact Genealogy@dallascityhall.com.
  • Dallas County District Court Clerk has a case information system accessible at the following web address: https://www.dallascounty.org/services/record-search/
  • 1966-2016 Texas Marriages and Divorces at MyHeritage ($) — index

Un-redacted copies of Family court records may be obtained at the District Clerk’s Records Department:

George Allen Courts Building

600 Commerce Street

Basement - West

Dallas, TX 75202

  • Divorce cases are also available on microfilm through interlibrary loan from the Texas State Library and Archives or through a local family history center. These are in order by case number, but there is an index. Check the TSL information for a description.

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Dallas Historical Society
PO Box 150038
Dallas 75315

Dallas Genealogical Society
PO Box 12648
Dallas 75225-0648

Dallas County East Genealogical Society
7637 Mary Dan Drive
Dallas, Texas 75217

Dallas Jewish Historical Society
7900 Northaven Road
Dallas TX 75230

Duncanville Genealogical Society
PO Box 381147
Duncanville TX 75138

Grand Prairie Genealogical Society
PO Box 532026
Grand Prairie, Texas 75053

The Grand Prairie Genealogical Society covers parts of the City in two counties. About 2/3 of Grand Prairie are in Dallas County with the remaining 1/3 in Tarrant County. However, this is based on modern boundaries. Before WW II (when Grand Prairie boomed due to, among other things, moving a major avaition plant from Connecticut to Texas) all of Grand Prairie was in Dallas County. As far as I know, GP is not one of the cities in Dallas County that was allowed to record its own vital events.

Hispanic Organization for Genealogy and Research
PO Box 497891
Garland TX 75049-7891

Irving Genealogical Society
PO Box 170881
Irving TX 75017-0881

Lancaster Genealogical Society
220 Main Street, Lancaster
Texas 75146

Mesquite Genealogical Society
PO Box 850165
Mesquite TX 75185-0165

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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  • 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, "Dallas County, Texas," in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dallas_County,_Texas. accessed 07/30/2019
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Dallas 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), Dallas 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. GenDisasters.com Dallas, TX Courthouse Fire, Feb 1890 http://www.gendisasters.com/texas/10185/dallas-tx-dallas-county-courthouse-fire-feb-1890
  6. GenDisasters.com Dallas, TX Courthouse Fire, Feb 1890 http://www.gendisasters.com/texas/10185/dallas-tx-dallas-county-courthouse-fire-feb-1890
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Dallas County, Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dallas_County,_Texas, accessed 3 April 2019.
  8. "Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society," Collection Finding Aids, Minnesota Historical Society, http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/01009.xml, accessed 10 June 2013.

Red Book: American State, County, and Town Records, Third Edition (Edited by Alice Eichhotz, Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004)