Nacogdoches County, Texas Genealogy

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Nacogdoches 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 17 March, 1836
County Seat Nacogdoches
Address Nacogdoches County Courthouse
101 W Main Street
Nacogdoches, TX 75961-5119
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for a local Caddo tribe called the Nacogdoches who came to East Texas around 800 A.D.[1] The County is located in the east-central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Nacogdoches County Courthouse
101 W Main Street
Nacogdoches, TX 75961-5119
Phone: 936.560.7733

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage records from 1793, land records from 1833,
probate records from 1837, court records from late
1800’s and military records 1918; District Clerk
has divorce records[3]

County Clerk

101 West Main Rm 110
Nacogdoches 75961
Phone: 936-560-7733

District Clerk

101 West Main Ste. 120
Nacogdoches 75961
Phone: 936-560-7740

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1903 1793 1903 1837 1833 1837 1829
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903.
General compliance by the 1930s.

History[edit | edit source]

1826-1827--Following the revolution the original 23 counties were created from the Nacogdoches Department; subsequently 20 other counties were created from Nacogdoches County. The Fredonia Rebellion took place in 1826-1827, the battle of Belasco (Nacogdoches) was fought on August 2, 1832, and the Cordova Rebellion occurred in 1838.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1836--Nacogdoches County was created 17 March 1836 from the Old Mexican Municipality.

  • County seat: Nacogdoches [5]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

See an interactive map of Nacogdoches County border changes.

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 Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Angelina  • Cherokee  • Rusk  • San Augustine  • Shelby

Resources[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

  • Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records, 1865-1870(images) - FamilySearch
  • When the South was threatened with the abolition of slavery, many people moved to the Nacogdoches area to continue the practice of slavery on cotton plantations. In 1860, slaves composed 28.4 percent of the population.[7]
  • African Americans in Nacogdoches County contains information about the churches and leaders, which formed the basis of African American society after the Civil War.[8]

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.
1850 5,193
1860 8,292 59.7%
1870 9,614 15.9%
1880 11,590 20.6%
1890 15,984 37.9%
1900 24,663 54.3%
1910 27,406 11.1%
1920 28,457 3.8%
1930 30,290 6.4%
1940 35,392 16.8%
1950 30,326 −14.3%
1960 28,046 −7.5%
1970 36,362 29.7%
1980 46,786 28.7%
1990 54,753 17.0%
2000 59,203 8.1%
2010 64,524 9.0%
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]

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 Nacogdoches 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.

The Book of Nacogdoches County 1 July, 1927[9] compiled by Nugent E. Brown is a compilation of brief histories of specific aspects of Nacogdoches County, including agriculture and other businesses.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Cherokee CountyRusk CountyShelby CountySan Augustine CountyAngelina CountyTX NACOGDOCHES.PNG
Click a neighboring county
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 Nacogdoches County, Texas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

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

Online Newspapers

Occupations[edit | edit source]

Nacogdoches & Southeastern Railroad Company: These records are housed at the Stephen F. Austin State University 'Ralph W. Steen Library'. This railroad company was incorporated in 1903 surrendered it charted in 1955.

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]

Nacogdoches Genealogical Society
PO Box 4634
Nacogdoches 75962

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]

  • Texas Counties Map. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site
  • FamilySearch Catalog — The catalog is genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) This catalog is different than the indexed Historical Records.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Nacogdoches website, "Nacogdoches, Texas" in "" accessed 11/22/2019
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Nacogdoches, Texas" in ",_Texas. accessed 11/22/2019
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Nacogdoches County, Texas. Page 670 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Nacogdoches 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.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Nacogdoches County, Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Texas, Last accessed 18 August 2019.
  7. Christopher Long. "Nacogdoches County." Texas State Historical Association. February 15, 2016. Accessed October 02, 2017.
  8. Mills, Jeri. African Americans in Nacogdoches County. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2014.
  9. Brown, Nugent E. The Book of Nacogdoches County, July 1, 1927. Houston, TX: Minor Print, 1927.