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Hardin County, Texas Genealogy

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Guide to Hardin 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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County CourthouseEdit

Hardin County Courthouse
PO Box 38
Kountze, TX 77625
Phone: 409.246.5185[[Image:]]409.246.5185

County Clerk has birth records from 1892,
marriage, death and land records from 1859
and probate records from 1888; District Clerk
has divorce records[1]

County Clerk

P.O. Box 38
Kountze 77625
Phone: 409-246-5185409-246-5185

District Clerk

P.O. Box 2997
Kountze
Phone: 409-246-5150409-246-5150


HistoryEdit

The first Anglo-American settlement was in 1832.

Parent CountyEdit

1858--Hardin County was created 22 January 1858 from Jefferson and Liberty Counties. County seat: Hardin 1858-1887; Kountze 1887-present[2][3]

Boundary ChangesEdit

Record LossEdit

1886 -- The County Courthouse at Hardin, Texas caught fire on August 8, 1886.  Some records were destroyed including the assessment rolls of the county, surveyor's records, and the county judge's records, including the probate records. The only records that may have been saved were those that were stored in an iron safe.  After the fire, the county seat was moved from Hardin to Kountze.[4]

Places / LocalitiesEdit

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated PlacesEdit

Neighboring CountiesEdit

Jasper  • Jefferson  • Liberty  • Orange  • Polk  • Tyler

Polk CountyTyler CountyJasper CountyHardin CountyLiberty CountyOrange CountyJefferson CountyChambers CountyTX HARDIN.JPG

ResourcesEdit

CemeteriesEdit

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Findagrave.com

Family History Library

Findagrave.com

Interment.net

WorldCat

Names in Stone

USGenWeb


Billion Graves

Billion Graves


Cemeteries of Texas



Names in Stone



See Texas Cemeteries for more information.
Additional Cemetery SourcesEdit

ChurchEdit

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.


Local HistoriesEdit

Local histories are available for Hardin 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.

MapsEdit

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MilitaryEdit

NewspapersEdit

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

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

ProbateEdit

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

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

Original Birth Records on Microfilm

MarriageEdit

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Original Marriage Records on Microfilm

DeathEdit

Online Death Indexes and Records

Original Death Records on Microfilm

DivorceEdit

Societies and LibrariesEdit

Family History Centers
Edit

Hardin County Genealogical Society
335 Santa Fe
Silsbee 77656

Hardin County Historical & Genealogical Society
Post Office Box 1230
Kountze, Texas 77657
409-755-1128

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.

Web SitesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hardin 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).
  3. Hardin, Texas - Handbook of Texas Online http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hrh11
  4. Hardin, TX Hardin County Courthouse Fire, Aug 1886 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/17587/hardin-tx-hardin-county-courthouse-fire-aug-1886