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Hudspeth County, Texas Genealogy

Guide to Hudspeth 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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Hudspeth County, Texas
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Facts
Founded February 16, 1917
County Seat Sierra Blanca
Courthouse
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County InformationEdit

County CourthouseEdit

Hudspeth County Courthouse
PO Drawer A
Sierra Blanca, TX 79851
Phone. 915.369.2301

County Clerk has birth, marriage, divorce, probate
and court records from 1917 and land records from 1836[1]

County and District Clerk

P.O. Drawer 58
Sierra Blanca 79851
Phone: 915-369-2301
Fax: 915-369-2361

Hudspeth County, Texas Record DatesEdit

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1917 1917 1917 1917 1836 1917 1829
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903.
General compliance by the 1930s.


HistoryEdit

Parent CountyEdit

1917--Hudspeth County Court House was organized 16 February 1917 from El Paso County. The county was going to be called Darlington County, then Turney County, before it was finally named for state senator Claude Benton Hudspeth of El Paso. [3]

County seat: Sierra Blanca [4]

Boundary ChangesEdit

Record LossEdit

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

Places / LocalitiesEdit

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated PlacesEdit

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit Hometown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Cities
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Ghost towns


Neighboring CountiesEdit

Culberson  • El Paso  • Jeff Davis  • Otero County, New Mexico

ResourcesEdit

African AmericanEdit

CemeteriesEdit

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

Additional Cemetery Sources

CensusEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1920962
19303,728287.5%
19403,149−15.5%
19504,29836.5%
19603,343−22.2%
19702,392−28.4%
19802,72814.0%
19902,9156.9%
20003,34414.7%
20103,4763.9%

ChurchEdit

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.


CourtEdit

LandEdit

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 HistoriesEdit

Local histories are available for Hudspeth 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.

MapsEdit

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MilitaryEdit

Mexican-American WarEdit
Civil WarEdit
World War IEdit
World War IIEdit

NewspapersEdit

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

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

ObituariesEdit

ProbateEdit

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

TaxationEdit

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 RecordsEdit

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.

BirthEdit

Online Birth Indexes and Records

MarriageEdit

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

DeathEdit

Online Death Indexes and Records

DivorceEdit

Societies and LibrariesEdit

Railroad Depot Hudspeth County Museum
241 W El Paso St
Sierra Blanca, Texas 79851
Telephone Number: 915-986-2407
website
this museum also houses offices of the local historical society

Grace Grebing Public/School Library
110 N Main
Dell City, TX 79837
Telephone Number: 915-964-2468


Fort Hancock Isd/Public Library
101 School Dr
Fort Hancock, TX 79839
Telephone Number: 915-769-1600
Website


Family History CentersEdit

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.

  • Society Hill Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies

WebsitesEdit

  • Hudspeth County Archives  ~  USGenWeb Archives Project
  • Hudspeth 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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hudspeth County, Texas. Page 666 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Hudspeth County, Texas . Page 658-677 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 655-665.
  3. Handbook of Texas Online: Hudspeth County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hch21
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Hudspeth County, Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudspeth_County,_Texas, Last accessed 7 July 2019.