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Red River County, Texas Genealogy

Guide to Red River 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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Red River County, Texas
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Location in the state of Texas
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Location of Texas in the U.S.
Founded March 17, 1836
County Seat Clarksville
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County InformationEdit

Red River County, Texas Record DatesEdit

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1903 1845 1903 1840 1835 1835 1829
Statewide registration for births and deaths began in 1903.
General compliance by the 1930s.

County CourthouseEdit

Red River County Courthouse
200 North Walnut Street
Clarksville, TX 75426
Phone: 903.427.2401 

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage records from 1845, probate and land records
from 1835; District Clerk has divorce and court records[2]

County Clerk

200 N. Walnut
Clarksville 75426
Phone: 903-427-2401

District Clerk

400 N. Walnut
Clarksville 75426
Phone: 903-427-3761

Red River County has had five courthouses. [3] The fifth and current courthouse was built in 1885. 

Red River County Government Website



Parent CountyEdit

1836--Red River County was created 17 March 1836 from an Old Mexican Municipality. LaGrange (now called Madras) was named temporary county seat in 1837, until Clarksville was selected as the county seat in 1838. [4]

  • County seat:Clarksville [5]

Boundary ChangesEdit

See an interactive map of Red River County border changes.

Record LossEdit

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

Places / LocalitiesEdit

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated PlacesEdit

Annona | Avery | Bagwell | Bogata | Clarksville | Detroit | Deport (mostly in Lamar County) | English | Maple

Neighboring CountiesEdit

Bowie  • Choctaw County, Oklahoma  • Delta  • Franklin  • Hopkins  • Lamar  • McCurtain County, Oklahoma  • Morris  • Titus


African AmericanEdit


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


Historical populations
Census Pop.




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 Red River 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.


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Mexican-American WarEdit
Civil WarEdit
World War IEdit


Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Red River 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.

Online Probate Records


Vital RecordsEdit


Online Birth Indexes and Records


Online Marriage Indexes and Records


Online Death Indexes and Records


Societies and LibrariesEdit

Red River County Public Library
307 N Walnut St
Clarksville, TX 75426
Telephone Number: 903-427-3991

Red River County, TX Genealogical Society
PO Box 516
Clarksville, TX 75426-2720

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

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.


  • Red River County Archives  ~  USGenWeb Archives Project
  • Red River 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.


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Red River 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.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Red River County, Texas. Page 672 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Red River County
  4. Handbook of Texas Online: Red River County
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).