Houston County, Texas Genealogy

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County Courthouse

Houston County; PO Box 370; Crockett, TX 75835; Ph. 936.544.3255 Details: (Co Clk has b, m & d rec from 1903, pro, ct & land rec from 1882; Dis Clk has div rec from 1920; Co Hist Commission has bur rec, family & local histories)

History

San Francisco de los Tejas, the first Spanish mission in East Texas, was founded in 1690 and abandoned in 1693.

Parent County

1837--Houston County was created 12 June 1837 from Nacogdoches County. County seat: Crockett [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Many county records were destroyed in courthouse fires in February 1865 and November 1882.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Crockett | Grapeland | Kennard | Latexo | Lovelady

Neighboring Counties

Resources

African American

Cemeteries

Individual cemeteries:

Church

Court

Land

Local Histories

  • The History of Houston County, Texas, 1943 by Armistead Albert Aldrich.
  • History of Houston County, Texas, 1687–1979, 1979) by the Houston County Historical Commission.
  • Houston County in the Civil War, 1981 by Thomas Nelms Mainer.
  • The First Settlers of Houston County, Texas, 1983, by Gifford E. White.
  • Houston County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.

Maps


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

Military

Newspapers

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Texas Museums

Web Sites

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).