Callahan County, Texas Genealogy

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Callahan County, Texas
Map of Texas highlighting Callahan County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Texas
Location of Texas in the U.S.
Founded February 1, 1858
County Seat Baird

County Courthouse


Parent County

1858--Callahan County was created 1 February 1858 from Bexar, Travis and Bosque Counties. County seat: Baird [1]

The county was named for James H. Callahan, military leader

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Cities, Towns and Communities: | Baird | Clyde | Cottonwood | Cross Plains | Eula | Oplin |  Putnam | Rowden

Neighboring Counties






Local Histories

  • "Early Days in Callahan County," 1966, by Brutus Clay Christman.
  • "I Remember Callahan," 1986 Callahan County Historical Commission.
    Order from: Georgia Yawn, Chairman
    100 West 4th Street, Suite 100
    Baird, Texas 79504
    Name index to "I Remember Callahan" from the Callahan County Homepage.
  • "Cottonwood's My Home: Recipes, Memories, History," 2007, Cottonwood Historical Association. Also, "Supplement to Cottonwood's My Home," and "Cottonwood's My Home: Vol. 2."  Cottonwood History, Family Histories, Recipes, Old Photographs. Order from the Cottonwood Historical Association.
  • "Crossties to Callahan: The Family of Alfred Dayton Williams," 1981, by J. D. Williams.
  • "The Hills of Home," 1949 by John Berry.  Story of the author's growing up in Clyde, Texas.
  • "Nubbin Ridge: My Boyhood on a Texas Farm," 1960 by Lewis Nordyke.  Story of Nordyke's growing up in the Cottonwood/Turkey Creek area in the 1910s-1920s.
  • Texas Museums List of all museums in Texas  ~  Hidden Ancestors



  • Cross Plains Veterans Memorial website.  Listing of all of the veterans on the memorial, photographs of the stone tablets, photographs of many of the veterans.
  • Military Resources ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
  • Fallen Heroes  ~  Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
  • Honoring Our Veterans ~ Partial index of veterans from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors


Callahan County Baird Star Newspaper online two weeks after publication date.

Baird Banner

Clyde Journal
PO Box 979
117 So. 1st St.
Clyde, Texas 79510

Cross Plains Review
P O Box 519
116 S.E. 1st St.
Cross Plains, Texas 76443

Back Issues of the Cross Plains Review, 1911-1975, and the Baird-Callahan County Star, 1888-1935, are available for viewing on microfilm at the Cross Plains Library.



Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

  • Callahan County Public Library & Pioneer Museum
    Courthouse, 100 W 4th B1
    Baird, TX 79504-5305
  • Clyde Public Library
    121 Oak St.
    Clyde, TX 75910
  • Cross Plains Public Library
    149 N Main St.
    P.O. Box 333
    Cross Plains, TX 76443
    Hours: 1-5 p.m., Monday-Friday

Web Sites


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