Texas, Eastland County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Eastland, Texas, United States
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Location of Eastland County, Texas
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Record Description
Record Type County Records
Collection years 1868-1949
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What is in This Collection?

This collection includes the following types of court records:

  • Naturalization certificates
  • Petitions
  • Declarations of intent
  • Civil proceedings
  • Indexes to Civil proceedings

The early volumes are handwritten in book format. Later records are handwritten or typed on blank pages or pre-printed forms. This collection covers the years 1868 to 1949.

Counties generally begin recording court proceedings as soon as the court is organized. Court records are made as a permanent record of the court proceedings. Naturalization is the process of granting citizenship privileges and responsibilities to foreign-born residents. The counties recorded naturalization procedures in the court records as legal proof of citizenship.

Information that was current at the time the record was made are usually reliable. However, there was always a chance for misinformation. Errors may have occurred because of the informant’s lack of knowledge or because of transcription errors.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Texas, Eastland County Records, 1868-1949.

What Can These Records Tell Me?

The civil and criminal proceedings generally include the following information:

  • Names of interested parties
  • Names of jurors
  • Names of witnesses
  • Proceeding dates
  • Name and title of presiding officer

The Declaration of Intent and Naturalization Petitions usually included the following:

  • Name
  • Arrival date
  • Birth date
  • Birthplace
  • Age
  • Race
  • Last foreign residence
  • Current residence
  • Arrival place
  • Names of witnesses
  • Signature of judge or court official

Naturalization proceedings after 1906 usually included the following additional details:

  • Marital status
  • Name of spouse
  • Maiden name of wife
  • Birth date of spouse
  • Residence of spouse
  • Date of Declaration of Intent or Naturalization

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How Do I Search This Collection?

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  • Name of the person
  • The location or date of the event

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What Do I Do Next?

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I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?

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  • Church Records were kept years before counties began keeping records. They are a good source for finding ancestors before 1900.

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation
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