Childress County, Texas Genealogy

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County Courthouse

When Childress County was formed, an election in April 1887 named Childress City the county seat. Three months later in July 1887, a second election moved the county seat to Henry, a railroad town. The town's name was changed to Childress.

Childress County has had four courthouses. The first courthouse was built in 1887; it was a long narrow one story wooden building.[1]  In 1890 construction began on a three story brick courthouse with a bell tower.  When the building was less than one year old in Oct 1891, it was destroyed by fire.[2]  Construction was started in late 1891 on the third courthouse, using the plans from the second courthouse.  The current courthouse was built in 1939.

Childress County Courthouse
County Clerk - Zona Prince
100 Avenue E NW
Courthouse Box 4
Childress, Texas 79201
Childress County Government Website


Parent County

1876--Childress County was created 21 May 1876 from Bexar Land District. County seat: Childress [3]

The county was named for George C. Childress, (1804-1841), lawyer, statesman, and author of the Texas Declaration of Independence, son of John Campbell and Elizabeth (Robertson) Childress, was born on January 8, 1804, at Nashville, Tennessee.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1891--Childress County Courthouse destroyed by fire on October 21, 1891.  All records were lost. [4]

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Towns and Cities: Childress | Carey | Kirkland | Loco | Tell

Towns and Communities from the Childress County TXGenWeb site.

Neighboring Counties








Local Histories









Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

  • Childress County Heritage Museum
    210 3rd Street, N.W.
    Childress, TX 79201
    817-937-2261  information
    facebook page
  • Childress Public Library
    117 Avenue B, NE
    Childress, Texas 79201
    940-937-8421 website

Family History Centers

Web Sites

  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.


  1. Photograph, Portal to Texas History
  2. Childress, TX Childress County Courthouse Fire, Oct 1891
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. - Childress, TX Courthouse Fire, Oct 1891