Kaufman County, Texas Genealogy

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Guide to Kaufman 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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Kaufman County, Texas
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Location in the state of Texas
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Founded February 26, 1848
County Seat Kaufman
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County Information

County Courthouse

Kaufman County Courthouse
County Courthouse
Kaufman, TX 75142
Phone: 972.932.4331 

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage and probate records from 1850 and land records[1]

County Clerk

100 W. Mulberry
Kaufman 75142
Phone: 972-932-4331 ext.1202

District Clerk

100 W. Mulberry
Kaufman 75142
Phone: 972-932-4331

Kaufman County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1869 1849 1850 1846 1849


1841--The first settlers arrived around 1841. Area was inhabited by Caddo, Cherokee, Delaware and Kickapoo Indians.

Parent County

1848--Kaufman County was created 26 February 1848 from Henderson County.

  • County seat: Kaufman [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Dallas  • Ellis  • Henderson  • Hunt  • Rockwall  • Van Zandt


African American


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 Interment
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Sources


Historical populations
Census Pop.


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.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Kaufman 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.


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Mexican-American War
Civil War
World War I


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

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



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


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.


Online Birth Indexes and Records


Online Marriage Indexes and Records


Online Death Indexes and Records


Societies and Libraries

Kaufman County Genealogical Society
PO Box 337
Terrell 75160

Forney Heritage Society
98 FM 2757
Forney, TX 75126

Root Seekers Genealogical Society
PO Box 1770
Mabank 75147

Kaufman County Library
3790 S Houston St
Kaufman, TX 75142
Telephone Number: 972-932-6222

Riter C Hulsey Public Library
301 N Rockwall St
Terrell, TX 75160
Telephone Number: 972-551-6663

Tri-County Library
132 E Market St
Mabank, TX 75147
Telephone Number: 903-887-9622

Ellen Brooks West Memorial Library Of Forney
800 Fm 741 South
Forney, TX 75126
Telephone Number: 972-564-7027

Crandall-Combine Community Library
13385 Fm 3039
Crandall, TX 75114
Telephone Number: 972-427-8170

Forney Historic Preservation League
200 S. Bois d'Arc
Forney, Texas 75126
Telephone Number: 972-552-2400

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

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.



  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kaufman County, Texas. Page 667 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).