Ector County, Texas Genealogy
Guide to Ector County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records
|Ector County, Texas|
Location in the state of Texas
Location of Texas in the U.S.
|Founded||26 February, 1887|
|Address|| Ector County Courthouse|
300 N Grant Avenue
Odessa, TX 79761
- 1 County Information
- 2 History
- 3 Places/Localities
- 4 Resources
- 4.1 Cemeteries
- 4.2 Census
- 4.3 Church
- 4.4 Court
- 4.5 Land
- 4.6 Naturalization and Citizenship
- 4.7 Local Histories
- 4.8 Maps
- 4.9 Military
- 4.10 Newspapers
- 4.11 Probate
- 4.12 Taxation
- 4.13 Vital Records
- 5 Societies and Libraries
- 6 Websites
- 7 References
Ector County Courthouse
300 N Grant Avenue;
Odessa, TX 79761
County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, burial, probate, court
and land records from 1896; District Clerk has divorce records
P.O. Box 707
300 North Grant, Rm 301
Ector County has had two courthouses. The old red brick courthouse, built in 1904, was torn down in 1938, when the new Art Deco style courthouse opened. In 1964 a new courthouse was built around the 1938 courthouse, changing the look of the courthouse.
Inventory of County Records, Ector County Courthouse, 1973, edited by Carolyn Trigg. Read the book online at The Portal to Texas History.
Ector County, Texas Record Dates
1887--Ector County was created 26 February 1887 from Tom Green County.
- County seat: Odessa 
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog
Gardendale | Goldsmith | Notrees | Odessa (partly in Midland county) | Penwell | Pleasant Farms | West Odessa
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|
|Billion Graves (name)||Cemeteries of TX|
|GenWeb Archives||Texas Cemeteries|
|Billion Graves (cemetery)||TX Gravestones|
|Names in Stone||Interment|
|See Texas Cemeteries for more information.|
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.
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
- 1906-1989 Texas, Naturalization Records — index and images
Local histories are available for Ector 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.
- 1890 Ector County 1890 Land Office Map from the Portal to Texas History.
- 1901 Ector County from Historic Map Works.
- 1940 Ector County Highway Map from the Texas State Library Archives Commission.
- 1961 Ector County Highway Map from the Texas State Library Archives Commission.
- 1861 - 1865 - Texas, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865 at FamilySearch — index
- 1861 - 1865 - Texas, Civil War Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865 at FamilySearch — index
- Confederate Pension Applications ~ Texas State Library and Archives Commission
World War I
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Ector County, Texas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:
- TX Newspaper Abstracts (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).
- Odessa American Newspaper
- Odessa American Statesman archives, 1957-61, 1968-73, and 1976-77, at ancestry.com $
- Obituaries from the Acres West Funeral Chapel -- includes obits from 2008-present
Probate records of Texas 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 Records
- 1800-1990 Texas Probate Records at FamilySearch — images
- 1800-2000 Texas Wills and Probate Records at Ancestry.com — index and images $
- 1891-1949 Ector County Index to Probates from the Ector County TXGenWeb site.
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.
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.
See Texas Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Texas.
Online Birth Indexes and Records
- 1873-1900 Ector County Births compiled from World War I Draft Registrations. From the TXGenWeb archives.
Online Marriage Indexes and Records
- 1814-1909 and 1966-2011 Texas Marriage Collection at Ancestry.com — index $
- 1837-1973 Texas, Marriages - FamilySearch record collection
- 1837-1977 Texas, County Marriage Index - FamilySearch records collection
- 1837-1977 Texas Select County Marriage Index at Ancestry.com — index $
- Mar 1941 - Jun 1942 Ector County Marriage Records transcribed from the County of Ector Marriage Book No. 3 from the Permian Basin Genealogical Society.
- 1966-2010 Texas, Marriages - FamilySearch record collection
Online Death Indexes and Records
- 1890-1976 Texas Death Records [with images] Name index and images of statewide death certificates, 1890-1976. The name index has been created by FamilySearch and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903.
- 1903-1973 Texas Deaths and Burials at FamilySearch.org — index
- 1903-1982 Texas Death Certificates at Ancestry.com — index and images $
- 1964-1998 Texas Death Index *Texas, Death Index, 1964-1998 (FamilySearch Historical Records) Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
- 1977-1986 Texas Deaths at FamilySearch.org — index
- 1968-2005 Texas Divorces (index) - Hidden Ancestors
- 1968-2010 Texas Divorce Index at FamilySearch.org — index
- 1968-2011 Texas Divorces at Ancestry.com — index $
Societies and Libraries
Permian Basin Genealogical Society
c/o Ector County Library
622 North Lee
Odessa, TX 79761
- Ector County Public Library
Southwest Genealogy Section - 2nd Floor
321 West 5th Street
Odessa, Texas 79761
Telephone Number: 432-332-0633
Family History Centers
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. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.
- Ector County Texas TXGenWeb site history, photos, cemeteries and more.
- FamilySearch Catalog The catalog is genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) This catalog is different than the indexed Historical Records.
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ector County, Texas. Page 663 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).