Hopkins County, Texas Genealogy

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Hopkins County, Texas
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Location in the state of Texas, United States Genealogy
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Founded March 25, 1846
County Seat Sulphur Springs
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for the family of David Hopkins, an early settler in the area. The County is located in the northeast area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Hopkins County Courthouse
County Clerk's Office
128 Jefferson, Suite C
Sulphur Springs, TX 75482
Phone:(903) 438-4074
Fax: (903) 438-4110

Hopkins County Court House
PO Box 288
Sulphur Springs, Texas 75482
Phone: 903.885.3929

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

County Clerk

128 Jefferson Ste. C
Sulphur Springs 75482
Phone: 903-438-4074

District Clerk

P.O. Box 391
Sulpher Springs 75483
Phone: 903-438-4081

Hopkins 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 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--Hopkins County was created 25 March 1846 from Lamar and Nacogdoches Counties.

  • County seats:
  1. 1846-1870: Tarrant;[4]
  2. 1870-present: Sulphur Springssent [5]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

1870 - Southwestern Corner of Hopkins County was given to Rains County; land north of the South Sulphur River was given to Delta County. [6]
1871 - Small part of the northeastern corner of Hopkins County was given to Lamar County. [7]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1894--Hopkins County Courthouse destroyed by fire on February 10, 1894.  Nearly all of the records were saved.  Those destroyed were in the office of Judge Morris.  The fire additionally destroyed the jail, part of the Courthouse square and the offices of the Hopkins County Echo newspaper.[8]

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:[9]

Unincorporated communities
Ghost towns

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Delta  • Franklin  • Hunt  • Rains  • Red River  • Wood

Resources[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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.

Additional Cemetery Sources

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 2,623
1860 7,745 195.3%
1870 12,651 63.3%
1880 15,461 22.2%
1890 20,572 33.1%
1900 27,950 35.9%
1910 31,038 11.0%
1920 34,791 12.1%
1930 29,410 −15.5%
1940 30,264 2.9%
1950 23,490 −22.4%
1960 18,594 −20.8%
1970 20,710 11.4%
1980 25,247 21.9%
1990 28,833 14.2%
2000 31,960 10.8%
2010 35,161 10.0%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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]

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.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Hopkins 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]

Lamar CountyRed River CountyFranklin CountyWood CountyRains CountyHunt CountyDelta CountyTX HOPKINS.PNG
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for more resources

Military[edit | edit source]

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

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Hopkins 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]

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]

Hopkins County Genealogical Society
611 North Davis
PO Box 624
Sulphur Springs 75482
Telephone Number:903-885-8523

Hopkins County Historical Society
416 N. Jackson
Sulphur Springs, TX
PO Box 1066
Sulphur Springs, TX 75483
Telephone Number: 903-885-2387

Sulphur Springs Public Library
611 Davis St N
Sulphur Springs, TX 75482
Telephone Number: 903-885-4926

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

Society HillLinks and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Hopkins County, Texas," in https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Hopkins_County,_Texas_Genealogy. accessed 10/07/2019
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hopkins County, Texas. Page 666 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hopkins 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. Handbook of Texas Online: Hopkins County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hch18
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, (2).
  6. Handbook of Texas Online: Hopkins County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hch18
  7. Handbook of Texas Online: Hopkins County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hch18
  8. GenDisasters.com - Sulphur Springs, TX Hopkins County Courthouse Fire, Feb 1894 http://www.gendisasters.com/texas/17844/sulphur-springs-tx-hopkins-county-courthouse-fire-feb-1894
  9. Wikipedia contributors, "Hopkins County, Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hopkins_County,_Texas, accessed 20 May 2019.