Moore County, Texas Genealogy

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

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Moore County, Texas
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Location in the state of Texas
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Location of Texas in the U.S.
Founded August 21, 1876
County Seat Dumas
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County Courthouse

Moore County Courthouse
County Clerk - Brenda McKanna
715 S. Dumas Ave. Room 107
Dumas, Texas 79029

Moore County Courthouse
715 Dumas Avenue
Dumas, Texas 79029-0396
Phone: 806.935.6164

County Clerk has birth, death, burial, probate and
court records from 1901, marriage records from
1894 and land records from 1877; District Clerk
has divorce records[1]


Parent County

1876--Moore County was created 21 August 1876 from Bexar Land District. County seat: Dumas [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Cactus | Dumas | Sunray | Masterson

Neighboring Counties







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.

Original Land Owners of Texas ~  Moore County  ~  USGenWeb Archives Project

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Moore 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.




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

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



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.


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.

Societies and Libraries

  • Killgore Memorial Library
    124 S Bliss Ave
    Dumas, TX 79029
    Phone: (806) 935-4941
  • Window on the Plains Museum
    1820 South Dumas Ave
    Highway 87-287
    Dumas, TX 79029
    (806) 935-3113 Fax (806) 934-3621
    Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Admission is free.
  • 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), Moore 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).