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Parker County, Texas Genealogy

Guide to Parker 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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Parker County, Texas
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Facts
Founded 12 December, 1855
County Seat Weatherford
Courthouse
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Address Parker County Courthouse
1112 Santa Fe
PO Box 819
Weatherford, TX 76086-0819
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County InformationEdit

County CourthouseEdit

Parker County Courthouse
1112 Santa Fe; PO Box 819;
Weatherford, TX 76086-0819
Phone: 817.594.7461 

County Clerk has birth, marriage and death records from 1903,
land records from 1874, probate, military and court records;
District Clerk has divorce records[1]

County Clerk

1112 Santa Fe Drive
Weatherford 76086
Phone: 817-594-7461

District Clerk

117 Fort Worth Highway
Weatherford 76086
Phone: 817-598-6114

Parker County, Texas Record DatesEdit

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1903 1903 1903 1874 1874 1874 1829
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903.
General compliance by the 1930s.


HistoryEdit

1849--The first permanent settlement occurred after 1849.

Parent CountyEdit

1855--Parker County was created 12 December 1855 from Bosque andNavarro Counties.

  • County seat: Weatherford [3]

Boundary ChangesEdit

Record LossEdit

1874--Courthouse and almost all county records were destroyed by fire in May 1874.

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:[4]

Cities
Towns
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties

Neighboring CountiesEdit

Hood  • Jack  • Johnson  • Palo Pinto  • Tarrant  • Wise

ResourcesEdit

CemeteriesEdit

Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

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 TX Gravestones
TXGenWeb Epodunk
Names in Stone Interment
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Sources

CensusEdit

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 Parker 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

NewspapersEdit

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

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

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

Parker County Genealogical Society
1214 Charles St.
Weatherford 76086
Website

Family History Centers
Edit

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.

WebsitesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Parker County, Texas. Page 671 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Parker 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. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Wikipedia contributors, "Parker County, Texas," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parker_County,_Texas, Last accessed 18 August 2019.