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[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site
*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Texas Land Survey Maps for {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
1914 Map of Angelina, Gregg, Harrison, Cherokee, Houston, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rusk, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith & Trinity at [http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~shastaca/maps/TX/TX13map.html www.rootsweb.com]  
*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site
*1914 Map of Angelina, Gregg, Harrison, Cherokee, Houston, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rusk, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith & Trinity at [http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~shastaca/maps/TX/TX13map.html www.rootsweb.com]
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Revision as of 22:33, 19 April 2013

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

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Harrison County, Texas
Map of Texas highlighting Harrison County
Location in the state of Texas
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Location of Texas in the U.S.
Founded January 28, 1839
County Seat Marshall
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County Courthouse

Harrison County Courthouse 
PO Box 1365
Marshall, Texas 75671
Phone: 903.935.4858

County Clerk has birth and death
records from 1903, marriage, land
and probate records from 1800[1]


Harrison County is named for Jonas Harrison, a lawyer and Texas revolutionary.

Parent County

1839--Harrison County was created 28 January 1839 from Shelby County. County seat: Marshall [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Elysian Fields (unincorporated)
Gill (unincorporated)
Harleton (unincorporated)
Jonesville (unincorporated)
Karnack (unincorporated)
Latex (unincorporated)
Longview (partially in county)
Woodlawn (unincorporated)

Neighboring Counties




Historical populations
Census Pop.
Est. 200964,7954.3%
U.S. Census Bureau[3] Texas Almanac[4]

1850 Census Index

1855 School Census

1860 Census

1880 Census

1880 African American Teacher Census

1890 Veterans Schedule  ~  Union




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.

Land Survey Abstract Indicies Harrison County  ~  USGenWeb Archives Project

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Harrison 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


  • 1914 Map of Angelina, Gregg, Harrison, Cherokee, Houston, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rusk, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith & Trinity at www.rootsweb.com



Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Harrison 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.


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

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

Marshall Public Library
300 S Alamo Blvd
Marshall, TX 75670
Phone: (903) 935-4465

Waskom Public Library
103 Waskom Ave
Waskom, TX 75692
Phone: (903) 687-3041

Family History Centers

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), Harrison 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. http://www.factfinder.census.gov
  4. http://www.texasalmanac.com/population/population-counties-history.pdf