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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Genealogy|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties E|Counties E]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Ector County''<br><br> Guide to '''Ector County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records<br>
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<br> Guide to '''Ector County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records<br>
  
 
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<br> ''Inventory of County Records, Ector County Courthouse,'' 1973, edited by Carolyn Trigg. [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth25244/m1/ Read the book online] at The Portal to Texas History.  
 
<br> ''Inventory of County Records, Ector County Courthouse,'' 1973, edited by Carolyn Trigg. [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth25244/m1/ Read the book online] at The Portal to Texas History.  
 
    
 
    
==== Ector County, Texas Record Dates ====  
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====Ector County, Texas Record Dates====
  
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| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ector County, Texas . Page 658-677 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=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.</ref></center>
<center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
 
 
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ector County, Texas Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ector County, Texas Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ector County, Texas Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ector County, Texas Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ector County, Texas Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ector County, Texas Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ector County, Texas Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
 
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1896
| width="16.6%" align="center" |1891
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1890
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1891
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1891
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| colspan="7"| <center>Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903. General compliance by the 1930s.</center>
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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'''1887--'''Ector County was created 26 February 1887 from [[Tom Green County, Texas Genealogy|Tom Green]] County.<br>  
 
'''1887--'''Ector County was created 26 February 1887 from [[Tom Green County, Texas Genealogy|Tom Green]] County.<br>  
*'''County seat:''' Odessa <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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*'''County seat:''' Odessa <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Ector, Odessa|place|disp=Odessa}}
 
*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Ector, Odessa|place|disp=Odessa}}
  
==== Populated Places ====
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==== Populated Places ====
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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://Texas.hometownlocator.com/tx/Ector Hometown Locator]. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Ector County, Texas," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ector_County,_Texas,
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accessed 4 April 2019.</ref>
  
Gardendale | Goldsmith | Notrees | Odessa (partly in [[Midland County, Texas Genealogy|Midland]] county) | Penwell | Pleasant Farms | West Odessa  
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldsmith,_Texas Goldsmith]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odessa,_Texas Odessa]‡ (county seat)</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notrees,_Texas Notrees]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penwell,_Texas Penwell]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleasant_Farms,_Texas Pleasant Farms]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gardendale,_Texas Gardendale]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Odessa,_Texas West Odessa]</div>
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* [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arcade,_Texas Arcade]
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* Badger
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* Douro
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* Metz
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* North Cowden
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* Scharbauer
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* Smith Chapel
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<p>‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties</p>
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.  
 
Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.  
  
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
 
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| width="31%" bgcolor="#ffff99" align="center" | '''Online Grave Transcripts'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/memorial FindAGrave] 
| width="31%" bgcolor="#dbbff7" align="center" | '''Published Grave Transcripts'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|476393|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
| bgcolor="#dbeadc" align="center" | '''County Cemetery Directories'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Texas/Ector-County?id=county_2587 FindAGrave]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/ector-tx-genealogy/cem/ Linkpendium]
[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Findagrave.com]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Texas+Ector+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/ector.html Tombstone Project]
| bgcolor="#eddffb" | {{FHL|476393|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
 
| bgcolor="#e9f1ea" |  
 
[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2587 Findagrave.com ]  
 
 
 
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search# BillionGraves (name)]  
[http://www.interment.net/us/tx/index.htm Interment.net]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Wtx/Ector/ListEctor.html Cemeteries of TX]
| bgcolor="#eddffb" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Texas+Ector+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]
 
| bgcolor="#e9f1ea" |  
 
[http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]  
 
 
 
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/ector/ectortoc.htm GenWeb Archives]  
[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html USGenWeb]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texascemeteries.org/ector/ector-county-cemeteries Texas Cemeteries]
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| bgcolor="#e9f1ea" |  
 
[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery=undefined&action=search_cemetery Billion Graves ]  
 
 
 
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery BillionGraves]
[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery Billion Graves]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=68 TX Gravestones]
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| bgcolor="#e9f1ea" |  
 
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://hiddenancestors.com/Ector/cemetery.html TXGenWeb]
[http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Wtx/Ector/ListEctor.html Cemeteries of Texas]<br>
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/genInfo.php?locIndex=175133 Epodunk]
| bgcolor="#eddffb" | <br>
 
| bgcolor="#e9f1ea" | <br>
 
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
[http://www.namesinstone.com/Default.aspx Names in Stone]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/tx/ector.htm Interment]
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| colspan="3" | See [[Texas Cemeteries|Texas Cemeteries]] for more information.
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3"|See [[Texas Cemeteries|Texas Cemeteries]] for more information.  
 
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
[[Image:Txector.jpg|400px|Txector.jpg]]
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{{TX Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{TX Ector County}}}}
  
 
*'''1890''' [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88516 Ector County 1890 Land Office Map] from the Portal to Texas History.  
 
*'''1890''' [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88516 Ector County 1890 Land Office Map] from the Portal to Texas History.  
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==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
*'''1838-1900''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2059 Texas Muster Roll Index Cards] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images '''$'''
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*'''1838 - 1900''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2059 Texas Muster Roll Index Cards] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
  
 
=====Mexican-American War=====
 
=====Mexican-American War=====
 
   
 
   
*'''1845-1848''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2058 US American Volunteer Soldiers Mexican War] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index '''$'''
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*'''1845 - 1848''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2058 US American Volunteer Soldiers Mexican War] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
 
   
 
   
 
=====Civil War=====
 
=====Civil War=====
  
 
'''Online Records'''
 
'''Online Records'''
*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932381|Texas, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932381|Texas, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
*'''1861-1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932425|Texas, Civil War Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index  
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932425|Texas, Civil War Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index  
 
*[https://www.tsl.texas.gov/apps/arc/pensions/ Confederate Pension Applications] ~ Texas State Library and Archives Commission
 
*[https://www.tsl.texas.gov/apps/arc/pensions/ Confederate Pension Applications] ~ Texas State Library and Archives Commission
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=====World War I=====
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*'''1917 - 1920''' - {{RecordSearch|2202707|Texas, World War I Records, 1917-1920}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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*'''1800-1990''' {{RecordSearch|2016287|Texas Probate Records}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
 
*'''1800-1990''' {{RecordSearch|2016287|Texas Probate Records}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
*'''1800-2000''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2115 Texas Wills and Probate Records] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $  
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*'''1800-2000''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2115 Texas Wills and Probate Records] at [http://search.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $  
 
*'''1891-1949''' [http://www.historictexas.net/ector/death-index/probate-cases.htm Ector County Index to Probates] from the Ector County TXGenWeb site.<br>
 
*'''1891-1949''' [http://www.historictexas.net/ector/death-index/probate-cases.htm Ector County Index to Probates] from the Ector County TXGenWeb site.<br>
  
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*'''1873-1900''' [http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/ector/vitals/births/ectob17.txt Ector County Births] compiled from World War I Draft Registrations. From the TXGenWeb archives.
 
*'''1873-1900''' [http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/ector/vitals/births/ectob17.txt Ector County Births] compiled from World War I Draft Registrations. From the TXGenWeb archives.
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*'''1903-1935''' {{RecordSearch|1803956|Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1935}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
===== Marriages  =====
 
===== Marriages  =====
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''Online Marriage Indexes and Records''  
 
''Online Marriage Indexes and Records''  
  
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*'''1802-2010''' [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=texas%2ctx Texas, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
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*'''1802-2010''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=texas%2ctx Texas, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
 
*'''1814-1909 and 1966-2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8795 Texas Marriage Collection] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $  
 
*'''1814-1909 and 1966-2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8795 Texas Marriage Collection] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $  
*'''1837-1973''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1681052 Texas, Marriages] - FamilySearch record collection
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*'''1837-1965''' {{RecordSearch|1803985|Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*'''1837-1977''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1803987 Texas, County Marriage] Index - FamilySearch records collection<br>
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*'''1837-1973''' {{RecordSearch|1681052|Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1837-1977''' {{RecordSearch|1803987|Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
 
*'''1837-1977''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60183 Texas Select County Marriage Index] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
 
*'''1837-1977''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60183 Texas Select County Marriage Index] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
 
*'''Mar 1941 - Jun 1942''' [http://www.permiangen.com/ectr-mr.htm Ector County Marriage Records] transcribed from the County of Ector Marriage Book No. 3 from the Permian Basin Genealogical Society.<br>  
 
*'''Mar 1941 - Jun 1942''' [http://www.permiangen.com/ectr-mr.htm Ector County Marriage Records] transcribed from the County of Ector Marriage Book No. 3 from the Permian Basin Genealogical Society.<br>  
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*'''1903-1973''' {{RecordSearch|1681049|Texas Deaths and Burials}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index  
 
*'''1903-1973''' {{RecordSearch|1681049|Texas Deaths and Burials}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index  
 
*'''1903-1982''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2272 Texas Death Certificates] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
 
*'''1903-1982''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2272 Texas Death Certificates] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
*'''1964-1998''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index] *[[Texas, Death Index, 1964-1998 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.  
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*'''1964-1998''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index] *[[Texas, Death Index, 1964-1998 - FamilySearch Historical Records]] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.  
 
*'''1977-1986''' {{RecordSearch|1930157|Texas Deaths}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
 
*'''1977-1986''' {{RecordSearch|1930157|Texas Deaths}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
  
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'''Permian Basin Genealogical Society'''<br> c/o Ector County Library<br> 622 North Lee<br> Odessa, TX 79761<br> [http://www.odessahistory.com/geneolg.htm website] <br><br>  
 
'''Permian Basin Genealogical Society'''<br> c/o Ector County Library<br> 622 North Lee<br> Odessa, TX 79761<br> [http://www.odessahistory.com/geneolg.htm website] <br><br>  
  
*Ector County Public Library<br>Southwest Genealogy Section - 2nd Floor<br>321 West 5th Street<br>Odessa, Texas 79761<br>(432)332-0633 [http://www.ector.lib.tx.us/main.html website]<br>
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*Ector County Public Library<br>Southwest Genealogy Section - 2nd Floor<br>321 West 5th Street<br>Odessa, Texas 79761<br>Telephone Number: 432-332-0633 <br>[http://www.ector.lib.tx.us/main.html website]<br>
  
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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*[http://ector.historictexas.net Ector County Texas TXGenWeb site] history, photos, cemeteries and more. <br>  
 
*[http://ector.historictexas.net Ector County Texas TXGenWeb site] history, photos, cemeteries and more. <br>  
 
*[http://www.odessahistory.com/ OdessaHistory.com]  
 
*[http://www.odessahistory.com/ OdessaHistory.com]  
*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Ector|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  The catalog is genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications)  This catalog is different than the indexed Historical Records.
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*{{FHL|Texas Ector|subject|disp=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  ==
 
== References  ==

Latest revision as of 07:47, 24 May 2019


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Founded 26 February, 1887
County Seat Odessa
Courthouse
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Address Ector County Courthouse
300 N Grant Avenue
Odessa, TX 79761
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County Information[edit | edit source]


County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Ector County Courthouse
300 N Grant Avenue;
Odessa, TX 79761
Phone: 915.335.3030

County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, burial, probate, court
and land records from 1896; District Clerk has divorce records[1]

County Clerk

P.O. Box 707
Odessa 79760
Phone: 432-498-4130
Fax: 432-498-4177

District Clerk

300 North Grant, Rm 301
Odessa 79761
Phone:


Ector County has had two courthouses.  The old red brick courthouse, built in 1904, was torn down in 1938, when the new Art Deco style courthouse opened.  In 1964 a new courthouse was built around the 1938 courthouse, changing the look of the courthouse.


Inventory of County Records, Ector County Courthouse, 1973, edited by Carolyn Trigg. Read the book online at The Portal to Texas History.

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1896 1896 1896 1896 1896 1896 1829
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903. General compliance by the 1930s.


History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1887--Ector County was created 26 February 1887 from Tom Green County.

  • County seat: Odessa [3]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

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
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns
  • Metz
  • North Cowden
  • Prairie Home
  • Scharbauer
  • Smith Chapel
  • Turnbaugh Corner

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

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Andrews  • Crane  • Midland  • Upton  • Ward  • Winkler


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Resources[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
Linkpendium WorldCat Tombstone Project
BillionGraves (name) Cemeteries of TX
GenWeb Archives Texas Cemeteries
BillionGraves TX Gravestones
TXGenWeb Epodunk
Names in Stone Interment
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

Church[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death/burial date and place. For general information about Texas denominations, view the Texas Church Records wiki page.


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.


Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Ector 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.

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 Ector County, Texas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

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

Probate[edit | edit source]

Probate records of Texas have been kept by the probate clerk in each county courthouse. You can obtain copies of the records from the clerk's office. In most counties, all information pertaining to a probate case is recorded in the "probate minutes."

Content: Probate Records may give the decedent's date of death, names of his or her spouse, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, neighbors, associates, relatives, and their places of residence.

Record types: Wills, estates, guardianships, naturalizations, marriage, adoption, and birth and death records.

See the Wiki page Texas Probate Records for information about how to use probate records.

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.

Births[edit | edit source]

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Marriages[edit | edit source]

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Deaths[edit | edit source]

Online Death Indexes and Records

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Permian Basin Genealogical Society
c/o Ector County Library
622 North Lee
Odessa, TX 79761
website

  • Ector County Public Library
    Southwest Genealogy Section - 2nd Floor
    321 West 5th Street
    Odessa, Texas 79761
    Telephone Number: 432-332-0633
    website

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]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ector County, Texas. Page 663 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ector 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.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Ector County, Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ector_County,_Texas, accessed 4 April 2019.