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Brooks County, Texas Genealogy

Guide to Brooks 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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Brooks County, Texas
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Facts
Founded March 11, 1911
County Seat Falfurrias
Courthouse
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Address Brooks County Courthouse
PO Box 427
Falfurrias, TX 78355
Phone: 361.325.3053
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County InformationEdit


County CourthouseEdit

Brooks County Courthouse

P.O.Box 515
Falfurrias, TX 78355
512-325-5604
FAX: 512-325-5678

County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, probate
and court records from 1911

County Clerk

P.O. Box 427
Falfurrias, TX 78355
Phone: 361-3258-5604 (Ext. 153)

District Clerk

P.O. Box 534
Falfurrias, TX 78355
Phone: 361-325-5604 (Ext. 169)

Brooks County, Texas Record DatesEdit

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1911 1911 1911 1911 1911 1911 1829
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903. General compliance by the 1930s.

HistoryEdit

1883--Mexican colonists settled the area before 1883. The first Ango- Americans arrived in 1883.

Parent CountyEdit

1911--Brooks County was created 11 March 1911 from Starr, Zapata, and Hidalgo Counties.

  • County seat: Falfurrias [2]

The county was named for John Brooks, who worked to establish the county. State Representative John Abijah Brooks, succeeded in having Brooks County separated from Starr County, with Falfurrias as the county seat. The initial plans were to name the new county Falfurrias County, but in the end it was decided to name it Brooks in honor of John Brooks, who worked diligently for its formation.

Boundary ChangesEdit

Record LossEdit

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

Places / LocalitiesEdit

Populated PlacesEdit

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:[3]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places


Neighboring CountiesEdit

Duval  • Hidalgo • Jim Hogg  • Jim Wells  • Kenedy  • Kleberg  • Starr

ResourcesEdit

African AmericanEdit

CemeteriesEdit

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
TX Gravestones WorldCat Tombstone Project
BillionGraves (name) Cemeteries of TX
USGW Archives Texas Cemeteries
BillionGraves Linkpendium
TXGenWeb Epodunk
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

CensusEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
19204,560
19305,90129.4%
19406,3627.8%
19509,19544.5%
19608,609−6.4%
19708,005−7.0%
19808,4285.3%
19908,204−2.7%
20007,976−2.8%
20107,223−9.4%

ChurchEdit

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.


CourtEdit

LandEdit

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 CitizenshipEdit

Local HistoriesEdit

Local histories are available for Brooks 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.

MapsEdit

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MilitaryEdit

Mexican-American WarEdit
Civil WarEdit

Online Records

World War IEdit
World War IIEdit
Vietnam WarEdit

NewspapersEdit

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

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

ProbateEdit

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

TaxationEdit

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 RecordsEdit

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.

BirthEdit

Online Birth Indexes and Records

MarriageEdit

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

DeathEdit

Online Death Indexes and Records

DivorceEdit

Societies and LibrariesEdit

Brooks County Historical Commission
604 W. Blucher
Falfurrias, TX 78355

Brush Country Genealogical Society
PO Box 291
Falfurias 78355-0291
Website

Ed Rachal Memorial Library
203 S. Henry
Falfurrias TX 78355

Family History CentersEdit

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.

WebsitesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Brooks 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.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Brooks County, Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brooks_County,_Texas, accessed 26 March 2019.