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Guide to Cherokee County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


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Cherokee County, Texas
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Founded April 11, 1846
County Seat Rusk
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for the Cherokee, who lived in the area before being expelled in 1839. The County is located in the east area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

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

County Clerk

P.O. Drawer 420
Rusk 75785
Phone: 903-683-2350
Fax: 903-683-2393

District Clerk

P.O. Drawer C
Rusk 75785
Phone: 903-683-4533
Fax: 903-683-2971


Cherokee 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--Cherokee County was created 11 April 1846 from Nacogdoches County.

  • County seat: Rusk [4]

The county was named for the Indian tribe.

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]

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:[5]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
  • Fry's Gap
  • Gould
  • Ironton
  • Lakeview
  • Larissa
  • Linwood
  • Maydelle
  • Mixon
  • Mount Selman
  • New Hope
  • Pine Hill
  • Ponta
  • Reese
  • Salem
  • Shady Grove
  • Tecula
  • Turney
  • Weeping Mary
  • Woodville
  • Census-designated places
    Ghost towns
  • Morrill
  • ‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

    Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

    Anderson  • Angelina  • Henderson  • Houston  • Nacogdoches  • Rusk  • Smith

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

    Additional Cemetery Sources

    Census[edit | edit source]

    Historical populations
    Census Pop.
    18506,673
    186012,09881.3%
    187011,079−8.4%
    188016,72350.9%
    189022,97537.4%
    190025,1549.5%
    191029,03815.4%
    192037,63329.6%
    193043,18014.7%
    194043,9701.8%
    195038,694−12.0%
    196033,120−14.4%
    197032,008−3.4%
    198038,12719.1%
    199041,0497.7%
    200046,65913.7%
    201050,8459.0%

    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.


    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 Cherokee 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.

    • Texas Museums  ~  List of all museums in Texas  ~  Hidden Ancestors

    Maps[edit | edit source]

    Henderson CountySmith CountyAnderson CountyHouston CountyTrinity CountyAngelina CountyNacogdoches CountyRusk CountyTX CHEROKEE.PNG
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    Click a neighboring county
    for more resources


    • 1914 Map of Angelina, Gregg, Harrison, Cherokee, Houston, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rusk, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith & Trinity at www.rootsweb.com
    • Historical Maps ~ From the Republic to the Turn of the Century ~ Hidden Ancestors
    • Texas Counties Map. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site.

    Military[edit | edit source]

    Texas Revolution[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 Cherokee 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]

    Online Probate 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.

    1846-1910 Texas County Tax Rolls lists FHL films with county tax lists. The lists vary by county and year. Most records are between the years of 1846 - 1910.

    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. You can also order them online through a third party company.

    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]

    Comanche County Genealogical Society
    Comanche County Historical Museum
    402 Moorman Road
    Comanche, TX

    Comanche Genealogical Society
    PO Box 411
    Comanche 76442

    Singletary Memorial Library
    207 E 6th St
    Rusk, TX 75785
    Telephone Number: 903-683-5916


    Jacksonville Public Library
    502 S Jackson St
    Jacksonville, TX 75766
    Telephone Number: 903-586-7664
    Website


    Rube Sessions Memorial Library
    298 Rusk Ave
    Wells, TX 75976
    Telephone Number: 936-867-4757

    Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

    Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

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

    Websites[edit | edit source]

    • Cherokee County TXGenWeb site
    • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.
    • 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. Wikipedia contributors, "Cherokee County, Texas," in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherokee_County,_Texas. accessed 07/30/2019
    2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cherokee County, Texas. Page 660 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
    3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cherokee 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, "Cherokee County, Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherokee_County,_Texas, accessed 31 March 2019.