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Guide to Coke 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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Coke County, Texas
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Location in the state of Texas
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Facts
Founded March 13, 1889
County Seat Robert Lee
Courthouse
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Address Coke County Courthouse
13 7th Street

PO Box 150
Robert Lee, TX 76945

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County Information[edit | edit source]


County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Coke County Courthouse
13 7th Street
PO Box 150
Robert Lee, TX 76945
Phone: 325-453-263

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1891
and land records from 1875[1]


County and District Clerk

P.O. Box 150
Robert Lee 76945
Phone: 325-453-2631


Coke County, Texas Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1890 1890 1891 1891

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1889--Coke County was organized 13 March 1889 from Tom Green County.

  • County seat: Robert Lee [2]

The county was named for Richard Coke (1829-1897), Texas governor and United States senator, son of John and Eliza (Hankins) Coke, was born near Williamsburg, Virginia, on March 13, 1829.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1891--Coke County Courthouse destroyed by fire on January 30, 1891.  All records were destroyed. [3]

Places / Localities[edit | edit source]

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

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:[4]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Ghost towns
  • Juniper

‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Mitchell  • Nolan  • Runnels  • Sterling  • Tom Green

Resources[edit | edit source]

African American[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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
GenWeb Archives Texas Cemeteries
BillionGraves Linkpendium
TXGenWeb Epodunk
Names in Stone
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Sources

Census[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18902,059
19003,43066.6%
19106,41286.9%
19204,557−28.9%
19305,25315.3%
19404,590−12.6%
19504,045−11.9%
19603,589−11.3%
19703,087−14.0%
19803,1963.5%
19903,4247.1%
20003,86412.9%
20103,320−14.1%

Church[edit | edit source]

Court[edit | edit source]

Land[edit | edit source]

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.


Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Coke 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.

  • Museums  ~  List of all museums in Texas  ~  Hidden Ancestors

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Military[edit | edit source]

Mexican-American War[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]

Online Records

World War I[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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

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

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate[edit | edit source]

Online Probate Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

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 Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Death[edit | edit source]

Online Death Indexes and Records

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Coke County Library
706 Austin St
Robert Lee, TX 76945
Phone: (325) 453-2495

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

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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.

Websites[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Coke County, Texas. Page 661 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  3. GenDisasters.com - Robert Lee, TX Courthouse Fire, Jan 1891 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/8799/robert-lee-tx-coke-county-courthouse-fire-feb-1891
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Coke County, Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coke_County,_Texas, accessed 31 March 2019.