Motley County, Texas Genealogy
- 1 Quick Dates
- 2 County Courthouse
- 3 History
- 4 Places / Localities
- 5 Resources
- 6 Societies and Libraries
- 7 Web Sites
- 8 References
Motley County's civil records start the following years:
Motley County Courthouse
PO Box 66
Matador, TX 79244
County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage, divorce, probate and court records from 1891
and land records from 1891 with some earlier
The first settlers arrived in 1878. The first settlement was Matador in 1891.
1876--Motley County was created 21 August 1876 from Bexar Land District. County seat: Matador.
Named in honor of Dr. Junius William Mottley, 1811-1836, signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence and aide to General Rusk at the Battle of San Jacinto where he was mortally wounded. 
1944--Motley County Courthouse, built about 1904, was destroyed by fire Sept 1944. No vital records were lost, but some were damaged by water.
Places / Localities
- Four Corners
- Roaring Springs
- TeePee City
- White Star
- Duchman Creek
- East Mound Cemetery - transcription ~ Motley County TXGenWeb
- USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project. - Motley County Page.
- East Mound Cemetery - Hidden Ancestors TXGenWeb Motley County.
- Motley County - Gloria Mayfield's TX Cemeteries.
- Motley County Cemeteries - Historic Texas Cemeteries.
- Find A Grave - can be searched by the name of a person or family to find where a person is buried. Usually gives birth and death dates often with a picture of the tombstone. May give obituaries, names of family members and links to their information in Find A Grave.
- Political Graveyard - Site tells where all of the dead politicians are buried.
|Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.|
- 1880 Census Transcription ~ USGenWeb Census Project
- 1900 Census Surname Index ~ Motley County TXGenWeb
- 1910 Census Partial Index ~ Motley County TXGenWeb
Original Land Owners of Texas - Motley County - USGenWeb Archives
- Surnames of Motley County - Motley County TXGenWeb
- Afred Hightower Barton
- Charlie David Bird
- Henry Harrison Campbell
- Arthur G. Ligertwood
Books About Local History
"The Early History of Motley County" by Harry H. Campbell
"Of Such As These, A History of Motley County and it's Families" by Eleanor Mitchell Traweek
"Interments In Motley County, Texas to March 1977" by Rita Groves
- Motley County Maps ~ Motley County TXGenWeb
- Texas Counties Map. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site
- Motley County Confederate Pension Applications ~ Motley County TXGenWeb
- Motley County Veterans ~ Motley County TXGenWeb
- A Salute to Our Fallen Heroes - Honoring those who gave their lives to protect our freedom.
- Veterans - A salute to those who served our county.
- Photo of the Motley County Veteran's Memorial - Motley County TXGenWeb
- Motley County Veterans - Motley County TXGenWeb
- Confederate Pension Application Index - USGenWeb Motley County Archives
- Old Newspaper Clippings - Motley County TXGenWeb
- Motley County Tribune
- Home Town News - Texas Newspaper Index with links
- Newslink - Texas Newspaper List (sorted by publication frequency)
- The Olden Times - Historic Texas News Online
- Obituary Resources ~ Links to research and locate obituaries ~ Hidden Ancestors
- USGenWeb Archives Obituary Project ~ Texas
- Afrigeneas ~ African American death notices, obituaries and funeral programs compiled by users from current newspapers and historical sources
- Obituary Depot ~ Texas Newspaper Citations
- Obituary Project ~ Hidden Ancestors
- Obituary Daily Times ~ Citations to over 15,000,000 obituaries including interactive search function
- Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records ~ Ancestry.com (subscription)
- Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998 [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
- 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 certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903.
- Marriages 1966 - 2006
- Divorces 1966 - 2006
Societies and Libraries
Motley County Library
1105 Main Street
P.O. Box 557
Matador, TX 79244
Motley Co. Chamber of Commerce
828 Dundee St.
(Old Traweek Hospital)
P. O. Box 788
Matador, TX 79244
Family History Centers
- TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county
- Motley County TXGenWeb. History, vital statistics, biographies, photos, newspaper clippings, surnames, maps, obituaries and other Motley County information.
- USGenWeb Motley County Archives. Vital statistics, census information, cemetery transcriptions, photographs, land owners and more.
- Search for an Ancestor - Family Search.
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Motley County, Texas. Page 670 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
- GenDisasters.com (http://www.gendisasters.com) Matador, TX Motley County Courthouse Fire, Sept 1944 (http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/17519/matador-tx-courthouse-fire-sept-1944)