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Cochran County, Texas Genealogy

Guide to Cochran County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


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Cochran County, Texas
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Founded August 21, 1876
County Seat Morton
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County InformationEdit


County CourthouseEdit

Cochran County Courthouse
Courthouse
Morton, TX 79346
Phone: 806.266.5450

Cochran County, Texas Record DatesEdit

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1926 1924 1926 1926 1884 1926 1829
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903. General compliance by the 1930s.

HistoryEdit

Parent CountyEdit

Local histories are available for Cochran 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.

1876--Cochran County was created 21 August 1876 from Bexar Land District.

  • County seat: Morton [2]

The county was named for Robert Cochran, (1810-1836). Robert E. Cochran, Alamo defender, was born in New Jersey in 1810. He probably lived in Boston and then in New Orleans before immigrating to Texas in 1835.

Boundary ChangesEdit

Record LossEdit

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / LocalitiesEdit

Populated PlacesEdit

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[3]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities


Neighboring CountiesEdit

Bailey  • Hockley  • Lamb  • Lea County, New Mexico  • Roosevelt County, New Mexico  • Terry  • Yoakum

ResourcesEdit

African AmericanEdit

CemeteriesEdit

Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
FindAGrave Family History Library FindAGrave
TX Gravestones WorldCat Tombstone Project
BillionGraves (name) Cemeteries of TX
Archives Texas Cemeteries
BillionGraves Linkpendium
TXGenWeb
Names in Stone
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

CensusEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190025
191065160.0%
1920673.1%
19301,9632,829.9%
19403,73590.3%
19505,92858.7%
19606,4178.2%
19705,326−17.0%
19804,825−9.4%
19904,377−9.3%
20003,730−14.8%
20103,127−16.2%

ChurchesEdit

CourtEdit

LandEdit

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.


Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit

MapsEdit

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MilitaryEdit

  • 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
Civil WarEdit

Online Records

World War IEdit

NewspapersEdit

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

TX Newspaper Abstracts (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).

ObituariesEdit

ProbateEdit

Online Probate Records

TaxationEdit

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.

Vital RecordsEdit

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.

BirthEdit

Online Birth Indexes and Records

MarriageEdit

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

DeathEdit

Online Death Indexes and Records

DivorceEdit

Societies and LibrariesEdit

Cochran County Love Memorial Library
318 S Main St
Morton, TX 79346
Telephone Number: 806-266-5051


Society Hill  ~  Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies

Family History CentersEdit

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

WebsitesEdit

  • Cochran County TXGenWeb
  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.
  • FamilySearch Catalog The catalog is genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) This catalog is different than the indexed Historical Records.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cochran County, Texas . Page 658-677 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 655-665.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. Wikipedia contributors, "Cochran County, Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cochran_County,_Texas, accessed 31 March 2019.