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Fannin County

Guide to Fannin 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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Fannin County, Texas
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Founded December 14, 1837
County Seat Bonham
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County Information


County Courthouse

Fannin County Courthouse
101 Sam Rayburn Drive
Bonham, TX 75418
Phone: 903.583.7486

County Clerk has birth records from 1903 with a few 1874-1876,
death records from 1903, marriage records from 1852, probate,
land and court records from 1838[1]

County Clerk

101 E. Sam Rayburn Dr. Ste. 102
Bonham 75418
Phone: 903-583-7486

District Clerk

101 E. Sam Rayburn Dr. Ste. 201
Bonham 75418
Phone: 903-583-7459

Fannin County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1852 1850 1838 1838


History

1836--The first permanent settlement was at Tulip in 1836.

Parent County

1837--Fannin County was created 14 December 1837 from Red River County.

  • County seat: Bonham [2]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Fannin County border changes. The county borders have not changed since 1846.

Record Loss

1929 -- Courthouse caught fire on December 31, 1929.  Records in the District Clerk's office and County Clerk's office were saved.  Many other county records were destroyed.  The courthouse was rebuilt.[3]

Places/Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Bryan County, Oklahoma  • Collin  • Delta  • Grayson  • Hunt  • Lamar

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Resources

African American

Cemeteries

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
Billion Graves (name) Cemeteries of TX
GenWeb Archives Texas Cemeteries
Billion Graves (cemetery) TX Gravestones
TXGenWeb Epodunk
Names in Stone
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Fannin County TXGenWeb- This is the most complete collection of Fannin County, TX cemetery information on the web. You will find photographs, obituaries and many other catagories of information.

Additional Cemetery Sources

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18503,788
18609,217143.3%
187013,20743.3%
188025,50193.1%
189038,70951.8%
190051,79333.8%
191044,801−13.5%
192048,1867.6%
193041,163−14.6%
194041,064−0.2%
195031,253−23.9%
196023,880−23.6%
197022,705−4.9%
198024,2857.0%
199024,8042.1%
200031,24226.0%
201033,9158.6%

Church

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

Land

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

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Fannin 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

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Military

Mexican-American War
Civil War

Online Records

World War I
World War II

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Fannin County, Texas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

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

Obituaries

Probate

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

Taxation

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

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

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Marriage

'Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Death

Online Death Indexes and Records

Divorce


Societies and Libraries

Tri-county Genealogical Society
PO Box 107
Leonard 75452
Website

Fannin County Genealogical Society
204 West 10th Street
Bonham, Texas 75418

Fannin County Genealogical and Historical Society
605 Agnew
Bonham 75418

Bertha Voyer Memorial Library
500 N 6th St
Honey Grove, TX 75446
Telephone Number: 903-378-2206
Website

Bonham Public Library
305 E 5th St
Bonham, TX 75418
Telephone Number: 903-583-3128
Website

Leonard Public Library
102 S Main
Leonard, TX 75452
Telephone Number: 903-587-2391

Family History Center

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.

Texas Hwy 78 South
Bonham, Fannin, Texas, United States
Phone: 903-583-4949

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

Webs Sites

  • Fannin County TXGenWeb site ~ This website contains the largest collection of Fannin County information on the internet. The Cemetery collection is the most complete and there are more than 10,000 obituaries and the numbers are climbing regularly. No other website compares to this one for Fannin County research.
  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.
  • USGenWeb Texas Archives Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.
  • Honey Grove Preservation League ~ This website contains a lot of historical information about the Honey Grove area. It includes directories as well as photographs and other information.
  • Fannin County Historical Commission
  • 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

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Fannin County, Texas. Page 663 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Bonham, TX Fannin County Courthouse Fire, Dec 1929 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/10007/bonham-tx-courthouse-fire-dec-1929