Montague County, Texas Genealogy

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Guide to Montague County Texas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Montague County, Texas
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Founded December 24, 1857
County Seat Montague
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County Courthouse

Montague County Courthouse
PO Box 77
Montague, Texas 76251-0077
Phone: 940.894.2461

County Clerk has birth and death records
from 1903, marriage, probate and court
records from 1873 and land records[1]

Montague County has had four courthouses: 1858, 1879, 1885 and the current courthouse built in 1912.

Montague County Courthouse
County Clerk - Glenda Henson
P.O. Box 77
Montague, Texas 76251
Montague County Government Website

Inventory of county records, Montague County Courthouse, Montague, Texas, 1975 by James E. Riney. Inventory of records housed in the Montague County Courthouse in Montague, Texas. Describes the records of the County Clerk, District Clerk, County and District Attorney, Justice of the Peace, Tax Assessor-Collector, Sheriff, Treasurer, Auditor, and County School Superintendent. Read the book online from The Portal to Texas History.


The first Anglo-American settlers arrived in 1854. French and Spanish were in the area as early as 1719.

Parent County

1857--Montague County was created 24 December 1857 from Cooke County. County seat: Montague [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1873--Courthouse and many county records were destroyed by fire in February 1873.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



Individual cemeteries:


Historical populations
Census Pop.




Local Histories

Local histories are available for Montague 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.

  • History of Montague County, 1913, by Mrs. W. R. (Fannie Bellows) Potter, a history of Montague County, told through anecdotal accounts covering events that span from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s. Read the book online from The Portal to Texas History. Read the book online at
  • Montague Texas History from The Handbook of Texas Online.






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.


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.

Societies and Libraries

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

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Montague County, Texas. Page 670 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).