Tom Green County, Texas Genealogy

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Tom Green 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 March 13, 1874
County Seat San Angelo
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Thomas Green, a Confederate brigadier general. The County is located in the west-central area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Tom Green County has had five courthouses and two county seats. When the county was first organized, the town of Ben Ficklin was chosen as the county seat and an adobe building was used as a courthouse.  A stone courthouse was soon built. After the town was destroyed by a flood in 1882, the county seat was moved to the larger and more centrally located San Angelo, where the third Tom Green Courthouse was completed in 1884.[2] The current courthouse was built in 1928.

Tom Green County Courthouse
124 West Beauregard Avenue
San Angelo, Texas 76903-5850
Phone: 325-659-6553
Fax: 325-659-3251

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage, probate and court records from 1875 and
land records from 1860[3]

County Clerk

124 W. Beauregard
San Angelo 76903
Phone: 325-659-6553
Fax: 325-659-3251

District Clerk

112 W. Beauregard
San Angelo 76903
Phone: 915-659-6578

Tom Green County, Texas Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1903 1875 1903 1875 1860 1875 1829
*Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903.
General compliance by the 1930s.

History[edit | edit source]

The original Tom Green County extended to the Pecos River and covered 12,500 square miles. Twelve other counties have been created from this area. The first white settler arrived in 1864. Ben Ficklin was almost washed away in 1882.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1874--Tom Green County was created 13 March 1874 from Bexar Land District.

  • County seat: San Angelo [5]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

1876 -- When Tom Green County was created in 1874, the county had no northern boundary. On 21 August 1876, a northern boundary was created - drawn from the northwest corner of Runnels County to the New Mexico state line and cutting off territory for 54 counties to the north of Tom Green County.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1882 -- Ben Ficklin, then the county seat, was destroyed by flood, the recently-built stone courthouse, however, was one of the few buildings that was still standing. An older adobe building used as the first courthouse was destroyed in the flood.[6]

1886 -- The second floor of the Tom Green County Courthouse caught fire on June 28, 1886, possibly from mice eating matches. The fire started in the office of the Clerk of District Courts. Many of the records in the clerk's office were destroyed. [7]

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:[8]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Coke  • Concho  • Irion  • Menard  • Reagan  • Runnels  • Schleicher  • Sterling

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.

Additional Cemetery Sources

  • Cemetery Books available from the San Angelo Genealogical and Historical Society:
    • Belvedere Memorial Park Cemetery book, 1993, 110 pages including index.
    • Calvary Catholic Cemetery book, 49 pages including an index.
    • Fairmount Cemetery book, 2001, 710 pages including surname index.
  • Texas Historic Cemeteries ~ Partial indexes to historic cemeteries
  • Texas Escapes Listing of Texas cemeteries with transcriptions and pictures.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
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 Tom Green 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 History of Tom Green County, Texas, 1931 by Julia Grace Bitner.
  • No Country For Dull Men, Excerpts from the San Angelo Standard, 1884-1885, published by the San Angelo Genealogical and Historical Society, 2010. 327 pages including name and subject index, 1880 images of San Angelo, area maps, and 1880 plot maps of San Angelo, Midland and Sherwood, Texas. Available from the San Angelo Genealogical and Historical Society
  • 1890 Records of Tom Green County, Texas, Includes the 1890 tax list (property by residents living outside Tom Green County, unrendered property, railroads), marriages for the year 1890, probate records for the year 1890, plus the 1890 census of servicemen and widows. Published by the San Angelo Genealogical and Historical Society, 1990, 161 pages including index. Available from the San Angelo Genealogical and Historical Society
  • Tom Green County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Texas Museums ~ List of all museums in Texas ~ Hidden Ancestors

Maps[edit | edit source]

Sterling CountyCoke CountyRunnels CountyConcho CountyMenard CountySchleicher CountyIrion CountyTX TOM GREEN.PNG
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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 Tom Green 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]

Societies[edit | edit source]

San Angelo Genealogical and Historical Society
PO Box 3453
San Angelo, TX 76902-3453

Tom Green County Historical Society
PO Box 5602
San Angelo, TX 76903

  • Society Hill ~ Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies

Libraries[edit | edit source]

  • Tom Green County Library System
    113 W Beauregard Ave
    San Angelo, TX 76903
    Telephone Number: 325-655-7321

Family History Centers
[edit | edit source]

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Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Tom Green, Texas" in ",_Texas. accessed 11/26/2019
  2. Handbook of Texas Online: Tom Green County
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tom Green County, Texas. Page 674 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Tom Green 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. Ben Ficklin, TX Concho River Flood, Aug 1882
  7. San Angelo, TX Tom Green County Courthouse Fire, Jun 1886
  8. Wikipedia contributors, "Tom Green County, Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,,_Texas, Last accessed 26 August 2019.