Hill County, Texas Genealogy

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County Courthouse

Hill County Courthouse.jpg
Hill County Courthouse was completed in 1890 built of white Limestone, by the architect W. C. Dodson. It was designated at a Texas Historical Landmark in 1971 and is located in Hillsboro, Texas. The Courthouse was almost totally destroyed by fire in 1993, all that was left standing was the four limestone walls and the Iron Staircases. It has been completely restored by the residents and elected officials during the late 1990's.


Settlements occured after the establishment of Fort Graham in 1848.

Parent County

1853--Hill County was created 7 February 1853 from Navarro County. County seat: Hillsboro [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1872--The Hill County Courthouse caught fire on 18 Sept 1872.  Many county records were destroyed.[2]

1993--The Hill County Courthouse, built in 1890, caught fire on 1 Jan 1993, destroying most of the building.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Cities and Towns: 

Neighboring Counties








Local Histories

  • Bailey, Ellis, A History of Hill County, Texas, 1838-1965
  • Daniel, J.C.  A History of the Baptists of Hill County, Texas. 1907.
  • The Heritage of Hill County, Texas, Vol. 2. Lexington, KY: Heritage Publishing, 2010 | WorldCat page
  • A History of Hill County, Texas, 1853-1980. Hill County Historical Commission, 1980.
  • Kirkpatrick, A.Y. The Early Settlers' Life in Texas, and the Organization of Hill County. 1963.
  • A Memorial and Biographical History of Johnson and Hill Counties, Texas: Containing the Early History of this Important Section of the Great State of Texas Together with Glimpses of its Future Prospects... Chicago: Lewis Publishing, 1892. | digital copy of Vol. 1 in Internet Archive | Google Books page (no preview)


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

Current State of Texas Map of Counties


Civil War
World War I



Probate minutes 1853 to 1934 with index


Texas county tax rolls, 1846-1910, by the Texas Comptrollers Office

Vital Records


Societies and Libraries

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. GenDisasters.com - Hillsboro, TX Hill County Courthouse Fire, Sept 1872 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/17827/hillsboro-tx-hill-county-courthouse-fire-sept-1872