Brown County, Texas Genealogy

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Guide to Brown County Texas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Brown County, Texas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Texas
Location of Texas in the U.S.
Founded Augst 27, 1856
County Seat Brownwood
Address Brown County Courthouse
200 S Broadway Street
Brownwood, TX 76801
Phone: 915.643.2594
Brown County Website

County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth records from 1900,
death records from 1903, marriage, land,
probate, court and military records from 1880;
District Court has divorce records from 1880[1]


Parent County

1856--Brown County was created 27 August 1856 from Comanche and Travis Counties. County seat: Brownwood [2]

The county was named for Henry Stevenson Brown, (1793-1834), early settler, trader, and Indian fighter, who was born in Madison County, Kentucky, on March 8, 1793, the son of Caleb and Jemima (Stevenson) Brown.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1880, 1894--Courthouse and many county records were destroyed by fire in March 1880 and February 1894.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Towns and Cities: | Bangs | Blake | Blanket | Brookesmith | Brownwood | Byrds | Cross Cut | Early | Grosvenor | Holder | Lake Brownwood | Lake Shore | May | Owens | Thrifty | Williams | Winchell | Zephyr |

Neighboring Counties



Cemetery Books available from the Brown County Historical Society

  • History of Greanleaf Cemetery
  • Eastlawn Memorial Park, Early, Texas, records of over 4,000 tombstones,1951-2001.
  • Zephyr Cemetery Survey Book, 1455 deceased names listed with years of birth & death, updated 2007.
  • Salem Cemetery, Brown County, history and alphabetical listing of persons buried.
  • Fairview Cemetery, Grosvenor, list of known deceased from 1878, history, cemetery plat.
  • Rural Cemetery Inscriptions of Brown County Supplement includes 51 rural cemeteries updated 1970-2002.


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.


  • Brown County District Court Records, starting with 1860 are available at the Local History and Genealogy Library, Brownwood, Texas.


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.

  • Brown County Bounty-Land Warrant Files A-S are available at the Local History and Genealogy Library, Brownwood, Texas.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Brown 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.



  • Veterans Memorials in Brown County from the Heritage Association Brown County.
  • Civil War Veterans of Brown County (In the Life and Lives of Brown County People, Vol. 10) includes 440 Veteran listed alphabetically. Available from the Brown County Historical Society.
  • Brown County World War II Veterans, Surnames A-G with brief biographical sketches. Alphabetical list of veterans who lost their lives; and Brown County World War II Veterans, Surnames H-Z, includes biographical sketches, "Women in the Military" and "Story of Camp Bowie. (In the Life and Lives of Brown County People, Vol. 12 & 13) Available from the Brown County Historical Society.


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

TX Newspaper Abstracts (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).
  • Brownwood Bulletin Newspaper
  • Brownwood Bulletin and Brownwood Banner newspapers archives are available on microfilm at the Local History & Genealogy Library.


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.


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.

  • Brown County Tax Rolls 1859-1910 are available at the Local History and Genealogy Library, Brownwood, Texas.

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.

  • Brown County Marriage Records, Texas Birth Index 1903-1976 and Texas Deaths 1906-1973 are available on microfilm at the Local History and Genealogy Library, Brownwood, Texas.
  • McInnis Funeral Home Records, 1910-1942. Book available from the Brown County Historical Society
  • Index to Marriages Brown County Texas 1880-1920. Book available from the Brown County Historical Society
  • Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998 [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
  • Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]
    Name index and images of statewide death certificates, 1890-1976. The name index has been created by FamilySearch and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903.

Societies and Libraries


  • Brownwood Public Library
    600 Carnegie
    Brownwood, TX 76801
    325-646-0155   website
  • Local History and Genealogy Library
    Includes DAR Genealogy Library
    across the street from the Courthouse
    213 S. Broadway
    Brownwood, TX 76801
    325-646-6006   information
    The library has the Brownwood newspapers on microfilm, City Directories from 1909, phone books, cemetery burial lists, Brown County Tax Rolls, District Court records, World War II records and newspaper clippings, and vital records.
    The libraries' Genealogy holdings are searchable in the Brown County Public Library catalog.
    Closed on weekends and Saturdays
  • Walker Memorial Library includes Burress Genealogy Library
    Howard Payne University
    1000 Fisk St.
    Brownwood, TX 76801
    325-649-8602  hours & info
    Genealogy collections are listed in the library's catalog
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Family History Center
    4503 4th St.
    Brownwood, TX 76801 


  • Pecan Valley Genealogical Society
    213 S. Broadway
    Brownwood, TX 76801
    325-646-6006   website
  • Brown County Historical Society
    Located in the Local History & Genealogy Library
    213 S. Broadway
    P. O. Box 146
    Brownwood, TX 76801-0146
  • Brown County Historical Commission
    305 North Fisk Avenue
    Brownwood, TX 76801
    325-643-3322   website


  • Brown County Museum of History
    Located in the Old Jail, Downtown Brownwood
    P.O. Box 2006
    Brownwood, TX  76804-2006
    325-641-1926   website
    Also has an Annex located at 209 Broadway Street, across from the Jail.
  • Blanket Museum of History
    Located in the former Blanket State Bank building and the former Ernest Allen Drug Store building
    712 Main Street
    Blanket, TX  76432  website

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Brown County, Texas. Page 659 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).