Hartley County, Texas Genealogy

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Adopted by TXGenWeb Hartley County
                      David Pitt

County Courthouse

Hartley County Texas Courthouse.jpg

Hartley County Courthouse
PO Box 147;
Channing, TX 79018-0147
Phone: 806.235.3582

County Clerk has birth records from 1898,
marriage and probate records from 1891,
divorce records from 1903, land records from
1888 and military discharge records from 1919;
District Court has divorce records from 1891
and court records from 1892[1]

The town of Hartley was the first county seat of Hartley County, from 1891-1896.  In 1896, the county seat was moved to Channing.

Hartley County Courthouse
County Clerk - Diane Thompson
900 Main Street
P.O. Box Q
Channing, Texas 79018
Phone: 806-235-3582 Ext. 101
Fax: 806-235-2316

Hartley County Government website


Hartley County is named for Oliver C. Hartley and his brother, Rufus K. Hartley, two early Texas legislators and lawyers.

Parent County

1876--Hartley County was created 21 August 1876 from Bexar Land District, but was not organized until 1891. County seat: Channing [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Channing | Dalhart (partly in Dallam County) | Hartley | Middle Water | Romero

Neighboring Counties






Local Histories

  • The Book of Years: A History of Dallam and Hartley Counties, 1969, by Lillie Mae Hunter.
  • Hartley County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.


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





Vital Records

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

  • TEXAS GenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hartley 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).