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



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

Local Histories




  • Brownwood Bulletin Newspaper
  • Brownwood Bulletin and Brownwood Banner newspapers archives are available on microfilm at the Local History & Genealogy Library.



Vital Records

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