Donley County, Texas Genealogy

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Guide to Donley County Texas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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County Courthouse

Donley County Courthouse
300 S Sally
Clarendon, TX 79226
Phone: 806.874.3436

County Clerk has birth records from 1877,
marriage and land recordsfrom 1882,
death records from 1903, probate records from
1923 and military discharge records from 1919[1]

The current Donley County courthouse, a Romanesque Revival design building,  was opened in November 1891. The courthouse was restored in 2003. It is the oldest functioning courthouse in the Texas Panhandle and is a recorded Texas Historic Landmark. [2]

Donley County Courthouse
300 S. Sully
Clarendon, TX 79226
County Clerk - Fay Vargas
PO Drawer U
Courthouse Annex
Clarendon, TX 79226
(806) 874-3436
FAX (806) 874-3351
Donley County Government website


Originally named Wegefarth County and organized in 1882, the county was renamed Donley.

Parent County

1876--Donley County was created 21 August 1876 from Bexar Land District, but was not organized until 1882. [3] County seat: Clarendon [4]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Clarendon | Hedley | Howardwick | Lelia Lake

Neighboring Counties




Historical populations
Census Pop.

  • 1880 Federal Census - images - USGenWeb Archives Project



Calvary Baptist Church 806-874-3156
Highway 287, Clarendon TX 79226

First Baptist Church 806-874-3833
300 South Bugbee, Clarendon TX 79226

First Baptist Church 806-874-3326
222 Sherwood Blvd, Clarendon TX 79226

First Baptist Church 806-856-5370
Main Street, Hedley TX 79237


First Christian Church 806-874-3212
120 East 3rd, Clarendon TX 79226

Church Of Christ

Church of Christ 806-874-2495
300 South Carhart, Clarendon, TX y79226


First United Methodist Church 806-874-3367
420 South Jefferson, Clarendon TX 79226



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.

Original Land Owners of Texas - USGenWeb Archives Project

Local Histories

Donley County: Land O' Promise, 1975, by Virginia Browder.

Donley County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.


Texas Counties Map. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site.



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

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



Vital Records

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.

  • Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998 [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
  • 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

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Donley County, Texas. Page 663 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Donley County
  3. Handbook of Texas Online: Donley County
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).