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

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Hale County, Texas
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Location in the state of Texas
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Location of Texas in the U.S.
Founded August 21, 1876
County Seat Plainview
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County Courthouse

Hale County Courthouse
500 Broadway
Plainview, TX 79072-8050
Phone: 806.291.5261

County Clerk has marriage and land records
from 1888 and probate records from 1889;
District Clerk has divorce and court records[1]


The first settlers arrived in March 1883.

Parent County

1876--Hale County was created 21 August 1876 from Bexar Land District. County seat: Plainview [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Cotton Center
Hale Center
Hale City
Seth Ward

Neighboring Counties



Hale County Cemetery Records Database by the  Hi-Plains Genealogical Society has 37,000+ records. About one-third refer maiden names to associated married names. It can be searched by name or date. Information includes name variations, birth, death, and marriage dates; spouse's and parents’ names; military service; funeral home, the name of the cemetery with location within the cemetery, notes and obituary.




Original Land Owners of Texas Hale County   ~  USGenWeb Archives Project

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Hale 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.

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




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

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



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.


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.

Societies and Libraries

Abernathy Public Library
811 Avenue D
Abernathy, TX 79311
Phone: (806) 298-4138

Hale Center Public Library Inc
609 Main St
Hale Center, TX 79041
Phone: (806) 839-2055

Petersburg Public Library
1614 Main St
Petersburg, TX 79250
Phone: (806) 667-3657

Unger Memorial Library
825 Austin St
Plainview, TX 79072
Phone: (806) 296-1148

Family History Centers

4211 SW 2nd St
Plainview, Hale, Texas, United States
Phone: 806-293-1513
Hours: Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hale County, Texas. Page 665 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).