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Guide to Freestone 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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Freestone County, Texas
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Founded 1850
County Seat Fairfield, TX
Courthouse
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Address Freestone County Courthouse
PO Box 307
Fairfield, TX 75840
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county was named for the quality of the soil. The County is located in the east-central area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Freestone County Courthouse
PO Box 307
Fairfield, TX 75840
Phone: 903.389.2635

County Clerk has birth and death records
from 1903,marriage records from 1853,
land, probate, military discharge and court
records from 1851[2]

County Clerk

103 E Main
P O Box 1010
Fairfield, TX 75840
Phone: 903-389-2635

District Clerk

P.O. Box 722
Fairfield 75840
Phone: 903-389-2534


Freestone County has been home to four courthouses. The first three were constructed in 1851, 1855, 1891. The current courthouse, a 4-story brick building with classic details, was built in 1919. [3]

Freestone County Courthouse

Freestone County Government Website

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1903 1853 1903 1851 1851 1851 1829
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903. General compliance by the 1930s.


History[edit | edit source]

1830--The first settlement of the area was about 1830.

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1850--Freestone County was created 6 September 1850 from Limestone County. The county was organized in 1851, with Mound Prairie selected as the county seat.  The name of the town was soon changed to Fairfield.[5]

  • County seat: Fairfield [6]

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:[7]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Ghost towns

‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties.

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Anderson  •  • Henderson  •  • Leon  •  • Limestone  •  • Navarro

Resources[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 Epodunk
Names in Stone Cemetery Photographs
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18606,881
18708,13918.3%
188014,92183.3%
189015,9877.1%
190018,91018.3%
191020,5578.7%
192023,26413.2%
193022,589−2.9%
194021,138−6.4%
195015,696−25.7%
196012,525−20.2%
197011,116−11.2%
198014,83033.4%
199015,8186.7%
200017,86713.0%
201019,81610.9%


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.


Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Freestone 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.

  • A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas, 1883. Digital book on line from the Portal to Texas History.
  • History of Freestone County, Texas, 1978, by the Freestone County Historical Commission.
  • Freestone County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.

Maps[edit | edit source]

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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 Freestone County, Texas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

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

Probate[edit | edit source]

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[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]

Freestone County Genealogical Society
PO Box 14
Fairfield, TX. 75840
website
website

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.

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county
  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then 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, "Freestone County, Texas," in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freestone_County,_Texas. accessed 08/09/2019
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Freestone County, Texas. Page 664 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. HistoricTexas.net: Freestone County http://www3.historictexas.net/freestone-county-texas
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Freestone 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. Handbook of Texas Online: Freestone County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcf09
  6. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  7. Wikipedia contributors, "Freestone County, Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freestone_County,_Texas, accessed 9 April 2019.