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Texas, Mills County Clerk Records, 1841-1985
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Mills, Texas, United States
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Location of Mills County, Texas
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Record Description
Record Type County Records
Collection years 1841-1985
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

These records begin as early as 1841 and generally continue through 1935 with some continuing on until 1985.

This collection consists of the following:

  • Commissioner's Court records
  • District Court records (includes Divorce records)
  • Land records
  • Naturalization records
  • Probate records
  • Vital records

The county was organized and created 15 March 1887 from Comanche, Brown, Hamilton, and Lampasas counties. The court minutes are generally handwritten in bound volumes. Probate records are usually loose, handwritten pages that have put together in an envelope called a packet. Vital records are usually handwritten on pre-printed pages. Many marriages recorded in the South, are separated by race in volumes, books, or registers. Be sure to check to determine if you have the right set of marriage records.

To Browse This Collection[edit | edit source]

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Texas, Mills County Clerk Records, 1841-1985.

What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:

Birth

  • Date of the record
  • Child’s name, gender and race
  • Legitimacy
  • Child's birth date and place of birth
  • Father's full name, age, race and occupation
  • Mother's maiden name, age, race and occupation
  • Parents' nationality
  • Parents' residence
  • Live birth or stillborn
  • Number of living children of mother
  • Name of informant

Marriage

  • Names and ages of bride and groom
  • Marriage date and place
  • Name of person performing the ceremony

Death

  • Precinct, county and state where death occurred
  • Full name and gender of deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Age of deceased in years, months and days
  • Race, occupation and marital status of deceased
  • Date and place of birth
  • Names of parents and their birthplace
  • Residence of deceased
  • Name of spouse
  • Name of informant
  • Burial date and place of interment
  • Name of undertaker

Probate

  • Name of the testator or deceased
  • Names of heirs, such as spouse, children, other relatives, or friends
  • Name of the executor, administrator, or guardian
  • Names of witnesses
  • Dates the documents were written and recorded (used to approximate event dates since a will was usually written near the time of death)
  • Description and value of personal property or land owned by the deceased

Collection Content[edit | edit source]

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Coverage Map[edit | edit source]

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How Do I Search This Collection?[edit | edit source]

You can search the index or view the images or both. Before searching this collection, it is helpful to know:

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

Search the Index[edit | edit source]

Search by name by visiting the Collection Details Page.
  1. Fill in the search boxes in the Search Collection section with the information you know
  2. Click Search to show possible matches

View the Images[edit | edit source]

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  2. Select Record Description to view the images.

How Do I Analyze the Results?[edit | edit source]

Compare each result from your search with what you know to determine if there is a match. This may require viewing multiple records or images. Keep track of your research in a research log.

What Do I Do Next?[edit | edit source]

Indexes and transcriptions may not include all the data found in the original records. Look at the actual image of the record, if you can, to verify the information and to find additional information.

I Found the Person I Was Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • Use a Probate record to identify adoptions, guardians, heirs and relatives
  • Use a probate record to approximate a death date, then find a death certificate
  • For earlier years, use the probate record to substitute for civil birth and death records
  • Use the age or estimated birth date to determine an approximate birth date to find other church and vital records such as birth, baptism, and marriage records
  • Use the information found in the record to find land, probate and immigration records
  • Use the information found in the record to find additional family members in censuses
  • Repeat this process with additional family members found, to find more generations of the family

I Can’t Find the Person I’m Looking For, What Now?[edit | edit source]

  • If your ancestor does not have a common name, collect entries for every person who has the same surname. This list can help you find possible relatives
  • If you cannot locate your ancestor in the locality in which you believe they lived, then try searching records of a nearby town or county
  • Try different spellings of your ancestor’s name
  • Remember that sometimes individuals went by nicknames or alternated between using first and middle names. Try searching for these names as well

Research Helps[edit | edit source]

The following articles will help you in your research for your family in the state of Texas.

Known Issues With This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Citing This Collection[edit | edit source]

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Collection Citation:
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