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




  • Atchison, Mrs. Joe. Peoria Cemetery 1826-1978; Hill County, Texas. Waco, TX: Self-published, 1979. Peoria Cemetery 1826 - 1978
  • Bessire, Royal C. Hill County Cemetery Index. S.I.: S.n., 2008. | WorldCat page
  • Cemeteries (Hill County) (Linkpendium)
  • Cemeteries of Hill County, Texas (Cemeteries of Texas Project)
  • Cemetery Index (Hill County Genealogical Society)
  • Dodd, Celeste Varnell. Inventory of Gravestones and Inscriptions in the "Old Cemetery" Located at Hillsboro, Hill County, Texas. [Hillsboro, TX?:] C.V. Dodd, 1972. | WorldCat page
  • Freeman, Martha Doty, Douglas K. Boyd, and Texas Antiquities Committee. Historical and Archaeological Excavations of a Possible Historic Cemetery, 41HI294, in Hill County, Texas. Austin, TX: Prewitt and Associates, 2006. | World Cat page
  • Hill County Archives: Cemeteries (U.S. GenWeb Archives)
  • Hill County, Texas Cemeteries (Cathy Shelley)
  • Hill County, Texas Cemeteries (Historic Texas Cemeteries)
  • Hill County, Texas Cemetery Records (Interment.net)
  • Mount Calm Cemeteries: The town of Mount Calm is located in Hill County, and the Mount Calm Cemetery is located about 3/4 miles southwest of town (map).  An older Mount Calm cemetery is located about 1-3/4 miles south of town in Limestone County, near the original location of the town, which was picked up and moved north when the railroad came through (map).
  • Peoria Cemetery: See Atchison, Mrs. Joe, above.
  • Simmons Cemetery: The Forgotten Cemetery (Cathy Shelley)
  • Thompson, K., and B. Thedford, Hill County Texas Cemeteries. Moore, OK: Self-published, 1995?. | WorldCat page





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


  • Acker, Karen Ladd. Abstracts of Post Returns for Fort Graham, Texas, April 1849-October 1853: With a List of Soldiers Enumerated on the 1850 U.S. Census of Navarro County. Houston, TX: Self-published, 2008. (Contains records of personnel changes at Fort Graham in Navarro County, present-day Hill County, which closed in 1853.) | WorldCat page
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