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Guide to '''Howard County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Infobox U.S. County
 
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| seat wl = Big Spring
 
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== County Information ==
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==== County Courthouse  ====
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[http://www.co.howard.tx.us/ips/cms Howard County Courthouse]<br> 300 main Street&nbsp; PO Box 1468<br> Big Springs, TX 79721;<br>Phone: 915.264.2213 <br>
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County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903, marriage records from 1882,<br> probate records from 1884 and land records; District Clerk has divorce and court records from 1883<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Howard County, Texas. Page 666 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
== County Courthouse  ==
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'''County Clerk'''
  
[http://www.co.howard.tx.us/ips/cms Howard County Courthouse]<br> 300 main Street&nbsp; PO Box 1468<br> Big Springs, TX 79721;<br>Phone. 915.264.2213<br>&nbsp;<br> County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903, <br>marriage records from 1882, probate records from 1884 <br>and land records; District Clerk has divorce and court <br>records from 1883<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Howard County, Texas. Page 666 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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P.O. Box 1468<br>Big Spring 79721<br>Phone:432-264-2213<br>Fax: 432-264-2215
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'''District Clerk'''
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P.O. Box 2138<br>Spring 79721<br>Phone: 432-264-2213<br>Fax: 915-264-2256<br> <br>
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==== Howard County, Texas Record Dates ====
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<center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1903
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1882
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1903
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1880
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1882
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1882
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
The first settlers arrived in 1870.  
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'''1870--'''The first settlers arrived in 1870.  
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1876--'''Howard County was created 21 August 1876 from Bexar Land District. '''County seat:''' Big Spring <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1876--'''Howard County was created 21 August 1876 from Bexar Land District.<br>
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*'''County seat:''' Big Spring <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Howard, Big Spring|place|disp=Big Spring}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Howard, Luther|place|disp=Luther}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Howard, Vincent|place|disp=Vincent}}
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Borden County, Texas|Borden]]  
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[[Borden County, Texas Genealogy|Borden]] {{•}} [[Dawson County, Texas Genealogy|Dawson]] {{•}} [[Glasscock County, Texas Genealogy|Glasscock]] {{•}} [[Martin County, Texas Genealogy|Martin]] {{•}} [[Mitchell County, Texas Genealogy|Mitchell]] {{•}} [[Scurry County, Texas Genealogy|Scurry]] {{•}} [[Sterling County, Texas Genealogy|Sterling]]  
*[[Dawson County, Texas|Dawson]]  
 
*[[Glasscock County, Texas|Glasscock]]  
 
*[[Martin County, Texas|Martin]]  
 
*[[Mitchell County, Texas|Mitchell]]  
 
*[[Scurry County, Texas|Scurry]]  
 
*[[Sterling County, Texas|Sterling]]
 
  
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<center>{{TXHoward County, Texas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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==== African American  ====
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*'''1865-1870''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1989155 Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records] (images) - FamilySearch<br>
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=5403&CScnty=2633& Mount Olive Cemetery&nbsp;]  
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=1090378&CScnty=2633& Coahoma Cemetery]  
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2149560&CScnty=2633& Salem Cemetery]  
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=7285&CScnty=2633& Trinity Memorial Park]  
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=7397&CScnty=2633& Vealmoor Cemetery]  
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=7412&CScnty=2633& Vincent Cemetery]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=46&GScnty=2633&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n FindAGrave]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|507691|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2633 FindAGrave]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/howard-tx-genealogy/cem/ Linkpendium]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Texas+Howard+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/howard.html Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search#/ Billion Graves (name)]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Wtx/Howard/ListHoward.html Cemeteries of TX]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/howard/howtoc.htm GenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texascemeteries.org/howard/howard-county-cemeteries Texas Cemeteries]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Texas&county=Howard&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves (cemetery)]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=114 TX Gravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/%7Etxhoward/cemetery/cemetery.htm TXGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=22689&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=4&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/tx/howard.htm Interment]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3"|See [[Texas Cemeteries|Texas Cemeteries]] for more information.
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html Tombstone Transcription Project] ~ Partial transcription of cemetery tombstones ~ USGenWeb
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''Additional Cemetery Sources''
*[http://www.historictexas.net/cemeteries/1-countytables.htm Texas Historic Cemeteries] ~ Partial indexes to historic cemeteries
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*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/tx/ African American Cemeteries Online]&nbsp;~ Partial index/transcriptions of African American cemeteries  
 
*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/tx/ African American Cemeteries Online]&nbsp;~ Partial index/transcriptions of African American cemeteries  
 
*[http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/junction/CJ-TX-NDX.html Cemetery Junction]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links to cemetery transcriptions
 
*[http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/junction/CJ-TX-NDX.html Cemetery Junction]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links to cemetery transcriptions
  
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==== Census  ====
  
==== Census  ====
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{{US Census population
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|1880= 50
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|1890= 1210
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|1900= 2528
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|1910= 8881
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|1920= 6962
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|1930= 22888
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|1940= 20990
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|1950= 26722
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|1960= 40139
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|1970= 37796
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|1980= 33142
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|1990= 32343
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|2000= 33627
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|2010= 35012
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txhoward/census/1880.htm 1880 Howard County Census]  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txhoward/census/1880.htm '''1880''' Howard County Census]  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1325221 1900 Federal Census Index]  
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1325221 '''1900''' Federal Census Index]  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1488411 1920 Federal Census]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1488411 '''1920''' Federal Census]
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{TX Church Intro}}
  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txhoward/churches.htm Howard County Churches]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txhoward/churches.htm Howard County Churches]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb  
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
  
[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/howard/deeds/howard.txt Land Survey Abstracts]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
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{{TX Land}}
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/howard/deeds/howard.txt Land Survey Abstracts]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{TX County Histories}}
  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txhoward/fgs.htm Howard County Family Group Sheets]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txhoward/fgs.htm Howard County Family Group Sheets]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb  
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==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txhoward/maps/TX29.jpg 1914 Map]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb  
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[[Image:Txhoward.jpg|400px|Txhoward.jpg]] <br>
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/maps.html Historical Maps]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; From the Republic to the Turn of the Century&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txhoward/maps/TX29.jpg '''1914''' Map] ~ TXGenWeb  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/maps.html Historical Maps] ~ From the Republic to the Turn of the Century ~ Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site.
 
*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site.
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txhoward/military/military.htm Howard County Military&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; TXGenWeb
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*'''1838 - 1900''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2059 Texas Muster Roll Index Cards] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/military.html Military Resources] ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom&nbsp;~&nbsp;Hidden Ancestors  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/military.html Military Resources] ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/fallen_heroes.htm Fallen Heroes]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Fallen_Heroes.htm Fallen Heroes] ~ Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/veterans/veterans.htm Honoring Our Veterans] ~ Partial index of veterans from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/veterans.htm Honoring Our Veterans] ~ Partial index of veterans from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txhoward/military/military.htm Howard County Military] ~ TXGenWeb
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*'''1845 - 1848''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2058 US American Volunteer Soldiers Mexican War] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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=====Civil War=====
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932381|Texas, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932425|Texas, Civil War Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index 
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*[https://www.tsl.texas.gov/apps/arc/pensions/ Confederate Pension Applications] ~ Texas State Library and Archives Commission
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=====World War I=====
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*'''1917 - 1920''' - {{RecordSearch|2202707|Texas, World War I Records, 1917-1920}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Howard}}
  
 
*[http://www.hometownnews.com/tx.htm Home Town News]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Texas Newspaper Index with links  
 
*[http://www.hometownnews.com/tx.htm Home Town News]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Texas Newspaper Index with links  
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==== Obituaries  ====
 
==== Obituaries  ====
  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/obituaryresources.html Obituary Resources] ~ Links to research and locate obituaries ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/obituaries.html Obituary Resources] ~ Links to research and locate obituaries ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/obits/tx/obitstx.htm USGenWeb Archives Obituary Project]&nbsp;&nbsp;~&nbsp; Texas  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/obits/tx/obitstx.htm USGenWeb Archives Obituary Project]&nbsp;&nbsp;~&nbsp; Texas  
 
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/drdb/ Afrigeneas] ~ African American death notices, obituaries and funeral programs compiled by users from current newspapers and historical sources  
 
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/drdb/ Afrigeneas] ~ African American death notices, obituaries and funeral programs compiled by users from current newspapers and historical sources  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~obituary/ Obituary Daily Times&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; Citations to over 15,000,000 obituaries including interactive search function
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~obituary/ Obituary Daily Times&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; Citations to over 15,000,000 obituaries including interactive search function
  
==== Probate  ====
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=== Probate  ===
  
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=36 Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Ancestry.com&nbsp; (subscription)
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{{TX Probate Intro}}
  
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1800 – 1990''' {{RecordSearch|2016287|Texas Probate Records}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1800 – 2000''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2115 Texas Wills and Probate Records] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=36 Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records] ~ Ancestry.com (subscription)
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{TX Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [no images] Name index to [[Texas, Death Index, 1964-1998 (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Texas Statewide Death Certificates]] or four million people who have died since 1964.
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{{TX Vital Intro}}
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1320964 Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]]<br>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 Records, 1890-1976 (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Texas death certificates]]. Few certificates are available prior to 1903.
 
*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_marriage_records.htm Texas Marriage Records&nbsp; 1966 - 2005]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
 
*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records&nbsp; 1968&nbsp;- 2005]&nbsp;&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
 
*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Texas&nbsp; 1850 - 1930
 
  
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===== Birth  =====
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''Online Birth Indexes and Records''
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*'''1903-1935''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803956 Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1935] (images and index) - FamilySearch
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*'''1903-1997''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949342 Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997] (index)- FamilySearch
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===== Marriage  =====
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''Online Marriage Indexes and Records''
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*'''1814-1909''' and '''1966-2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8795 Texas Marriage Collection 1814-1909 and 1966-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*'''1837-1973''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1681052 Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973] - FamilySearch record collection
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*'''1837-1977''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60183 Texas Select County Marriage Index 1837-1977] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*'''1837-1997''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803987 Texas County Marriage Records, 1837-1977] - FamilySearch. Index to a variety of marriage records (registers, licenses, intentions to marry, etc.) from select counties in Texas.
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*'''1966-2005''' [http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_marriage_records.htm Texas Marriage Records 1966-2005]- Hidden Ancestors
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*'''1966-2010''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/2031191 Texas, Marriages, 1966-2010]-FamilySearch record collection
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===== Death  =====
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''Online Death Indexes and Records''
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*'''1890-1976''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1320964 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 Records, 1890-1976 (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Texas death certificates]]. Few certificates are available prior to 1903.
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*'''1903-1973''' {{RecordSearch|1681049|Texas Deaths and Burials 1903-1973}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] - index
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*'''1903-1982''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2272 Texas Death Certificates 1903-1982] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1903-2000''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949337 ''Texas, Death Index, 1903-2000''] (index) - FamilySearch
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*'''1964-1998''' [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index 1964-1998] [no images] Name index to [[Texas, Death Index, 1964-1998 (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Texas Statewide Death Certificates]] or four million people who have died since 1964.
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*'''1977-1986''' {{RecordSearch|1930157|Texas Deaths 1977-1986}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] - index
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===== Divorce  =====
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*'''1968-2005''' [http://whttp://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records 1968-2005] - Hidden Ancestors
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*'''1968-2010''' {{RecordSearch|2038378|Texas Divorce Index 1968-2010}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1968-2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8794 Texas Divorces 1968-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*'''1850-1930''' [http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] Texas 1850 - 1930
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
Howard County Library<br>500 S Main St<br>Big Spring, TX 79720<br>Phone: (432) 264-2260<br>[http://www.howard-county.lib.tx.us/ Website]  
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'''Genealogical Society of the Big Spring'''<br> Howard County Library<br>Big Spring, TX 79720 <br>[http://www.genealogyinc.com/texas/howard-county/#sthash.KcP3lLMB.dpuf Website]<br><br>
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txhoward/masonic/masonic.htm Masonic Lodges]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp; TXGenWeb
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'''Howard County Library'''<br>500 S Main St<br>Big Spring, TX 79720<br>Telephone Number: 432-264-2260<br>[http://www.howard-county.lib.tx.us/ Website]  
  
[http://www.daddezio.com/society/hill/SH-TX-NDX.html Society Hill]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txhoward/masonic/masonic.htm Masonic Lodges]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp; TXGenWeb
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*[http://www.daddezio.com/society/hill/SH-TX-NDX.html Society Hill]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies
  
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]<br>
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
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*[[Big Spring Texas Family History Center]]
 
*[[Big Spring Texas Family History Center]]
  
== Web Sites ==
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== Websites ==
  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/howard/howtoc.htm Howard County Archives]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/howard/howtoc.htm Howard County Archives]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txhoward/ Howard County&nbsp;] ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txhoward/ Howard County&nbsp;] ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb  
 
*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county.  
 
*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county.  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com Hidden Ancestors]&nbsp; Information on Texas genealogy research as well as genealogy research in general.
 
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/tx/txfiles.htm USGenWeb Texas Archives] Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/tx/txfiles.htm USGenWeb Texas Archives] Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.  
*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Howard|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*{{FHL|Texas Howard|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} The catalog is genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications)  This catalog is different than the indexed Historical Records.
  
 
== References  ==
 
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Latest revision as of 20:00, 23 August 2017

United States
Texas
Howard County

Guide to Howard County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


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Location in the state of Texas
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Facts
Founded August 21, 1876
County Seat Big Spring
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County Information

County Courthouse

Howard County Courthouse
300 main Street  PO Box 1468
Big Springs, TX 79721;
Phone: 915.264.2213

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903, marriage records from 1882,
probate records from 1884 and land records; District Clerk has divorce and court records from 1883[1]

County Clerk

P.O. Box 1468
Big Spring 79721
Phone:432-264-2213
Fax: 432-264-2215

District Clerk

P.O. Box 2138
Spring 79721
Phone: 432-264-2213
Fax: 915-264-2256

Howard County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1882 1903 1880 1882 1882

History

1870--The first settlers arrived in 1870.

Parent County

1876--Howard County was created 21 August 1876 from Bexar Land District.

  • County seat: Big Spring [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Borden  • Dawson  • Glasscock  • Martin  • Mitchell  • Scurry  • Sterling


Dawson CountyBorden CountyScurry CountyMartin CountyHoward CountyMitchell CountyMidland CountyGlasscock CountySter;ling CountyTX HOWARD.JPG

Resources

African American

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
FindAGrave Family History Library FindAGrave
Linkpendium WorldCat Tombstone Project
Billion Graves (name) Cemeteries of TX
GenWeb Archives Texas Cemeteries
Billion Graves (cemetery) TX Gravestones
TXGenWeb Epodunk
Names in Stone Interment
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Sources

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
188050
18901,2102,320.0%
19002,528108.9%
19108,881251.3%
19206,962−21.6%
193022,888228.8%
194020,990−8.3%
195026,72227.3%
196040,13950.2%
197037,796−5.8%
198033,142−12.3%
199032,343−2.4%
200033,6274.0%
201035,0124.1%

Church

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death/burial date and place. For general information about Texas denominations, view the Texas Church Records wiki page.


Court

Land

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.


Local Histories

Local histories are available for Howard 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.

Maps

Txhoward.jpg

Military

Mexican-American War
Civil War
World War I

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Howard County, Texas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

TX Newspaper Abstracts (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).

Obituaries

Probate

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.

Online Probate Records

Taxation

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.

Birth

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Marriage

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Death

Online Death Indexes and Records

Divorce

Societies and Libraries

Genealogical Society of the Big Spring
Howard County Library
Big Spring, TX 79720
Website

Howard County Library
500 S Main St
Big Spring, TX 79720
Telephone Number: 432-264-2260
Website

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Websites

  • Howard County Archives  ~  TXGenWeb
  • Howard County  ~  TXGenWeb
  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.
  • USGenWeb Texas Archives Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.
  • FamilySearch Catalog The catalog is genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) This catalog is different than the indexed Historical Records.

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Howard County, Texas. Page 666 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).