Brown County, Texas Genealogy

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County Courthouse


Parent County

1856--Brown County was created 27 August 1856 from Comanche and Travis Counties. County seat: Brownwood [1]

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 | Blanket | Brownwood | Early | Grosvenor | Lake Brownwood | May | Thrifty | Zephyr |

Neighboring Counties




List of Churches in Brown County from the Brown County TXGenWeb site.

St. John's Episcopal Church, Brownwood History from the Brown County TXGenWeb site



Local Histories






Vital Records

  • 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

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).