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''[[United States|United States]] &gt;&nbsp;[[Texas|Texas]] &gt;&nbsp;[[Texas Counties S|Counties S]] &gt;&nbsp;Smith County'' <br>{{Infobox U.S. County
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties S|Counties S]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Smith County'' <br>
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Guide to '''Smith County Texas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
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[http://www.smith-county.com/ Smith County Courthouse]<br>100 N Broadway Avenue<br>Tyler, TX 75702-1018<br>Phone: 903.535.0630&nbsp;<br><br>County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903, <br>marriage records from 1848, probate records from 1847, <br>court and land records from 1846<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Smith County, Texas. Page 673 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
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[http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Etx/Smith/ListSmith.html Cemeteries of Texas]<br>
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===== Additional Cemetery Sources  =====
  
 
*[http://www.etgs.org/txsmith/cemeteries/smcemlist.html Cemeteries of Smith County]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; alphabetical list&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://www.etgs.org/txsmith/cemeteries/smcemlist.html Cemeteries of Smith County]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; alphabetical list&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/census/1850.html 1850 Census]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; transcription&nbsp; ~&nbsp; East Texas Genealogical Society for USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/census/1850.html 1850 Census]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; transcription&nbsp; ~&nbsp; East Texas Genealogical Society for USGenWeb Archives Project  
*1850 and 1860 Federal Censuses, Smith County, TX ~ book ~ East Texas Genealogical Society
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*''1850 and 1860 Federal Censuses, Smith County, TX ''~ book ~ East Texas Genealogical Society  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/census/1860.html 1860 Census]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; transcription&nbsp; ~&nbsp; East Texas Genealogical Society for USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/census/1860.html 1860 Census]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; transcription&nbsp; ~&nbsp; East Texas Genealogical Society for USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/census/1870.html 1870 Census]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; transcription&nbsp; ~&nbsp; East Texas Genealogical Society and USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/census/1870.html 1870 Census]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; transcription&nbsp; ~&nbsp; East Texas Genealogical Society and USGenWeb Archives Project  
*1870 Federal Census, Smith County, TX ~ book ~ East Texas Genealogical Society
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*''1870 Federal Census, Smith County, TX ''~ book ~ East Texas Genealogical Society  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/census/1880.html 1880 Census]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; transcription&nbsp;&nbsp; ~&nbsp; East Texas Genealogical Society for USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/census/1880.html 1880 Census]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; transcription&nbsp;&nbsp; ~&nbsp; East Texas Genealogical Society for USGenWeb Archives Project  
*Smith County, Texas U. S. Census Index for 1880 &amp; 1880 Mortality Schedule ~&nbsp;book ~ East Texas Genealogical Society&nbsp;
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*''Smith County, Texas U. S. Census Index for 1880 &amp; 1880 Mortality Schedule ''~&nbsp;book ~ East Texas Genealogical Society&nbsp;  
*1890 Tax Record Abstract, Smith County, TX [census substitute] ~ book ~ East Texas Genealogical Society
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*''1890 Tax Record Abstract, Smith County, TX'' [census substitute] ~ book ~ East Texas Genealogical Society  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/census/1900.html 1900 Census]&nbsp;&nbsp;~&nbsp; transcription&nbsp; ~&nbsp; East Texas Genealogical Society for USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/census/1900.html 1900 Census]&nbsp;&nbsp;~&nbsp; transcription&nbsp; ~&nbsp; East Texas Genealogical Society for USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/census/1910.html 1910 Census]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; transcription&nbsp; ~&nbsp; East Texas Genealogical Society for USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/census/1910.html 1910 Census]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; transcription&nbsp; ~&nbsp; East Texas Genealogical Society for USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/census/1920.html 1920 Census]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; transcription&nbsp; ~&nbsp; East Texas Genealogical Society for USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/census/1920.html 1920 Census]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; transcription&nbsp; ~&nbsp; East Texas Genealogical Society for USGenWeb Archives Project  
*Smith County, Texas, U. S. Census Indexes: 1900, 1910 &amp; 1920 ~ book ~ East Texas Genealogical Society
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*''Smith County, Texas, U. S. Census Indexes: 1900, 1910 &amp; 1920'' ~ book ~ East Texas Genealogical Society  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/census/1930.html 1930 Census]&nbsp;&nbsp; ~&nbsp; transcription&nbsp; ~&nbsp; East Texas Genealogical Society for USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/census/1930.html 1930 Census]&nbsp;&nbsp; ~&nbsp; transcription&nbsp; ~&nbsp; East Texas Genealogical Society for USGenWeb Archives Project  
*Smith County, Texas U. S. Census Indexes for 1930 ~ book ~ East&nbsp;Texas Genealogical Society<br>&nbsp;
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*''Smith County, Texas U. S. Census Indexes for 1930'' ~ book ~ East&nbsp;Texas Genealogical Society<br>&nbsp;
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
 
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{{TX Church Intro}}
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/church/presbyte.txt Presbyterian Beginnings in Smith County&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/church/presbyte.txt Presbyterian Beginnings in Smith County&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/church/stjames.txt St. James Baptist Church History]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/church/stjames.txt St. James Baptist Church History]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
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==== City Directories  ====
 
==== City Directories  ====
  
[http://www.historicmapworks.com/Atlas/US/18670/Smith+County+1972/ Smith County 1972] from Historic Map Works  
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*[http://www.historicmapworks.com/Atlas/US/18670/Smith+County+1972/ Smith County 1972] from Historic Map Works  
 
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*[http://www.historicmapworks.com/Atlas/US/18671/Smith+County+1981/ Smith County 1981] from Historic Map Works
[http://www.historicmapworks.com/Atlas/US/18671/Smith+County+1981/ Smith County 1981] from Historic Map Works  
 
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{TX Land}}
  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/court/heir1846.txt Deed/Land Records]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; transcription ~&nbsp;East Texas Genealogical for USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/court/heir1846.txt Deed/Land Records]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; transcription ~&nbsp;East Texas Genealogical for USGenWeb Archives Project  
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==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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*''Chronological History of Smith County,'' 1983 compiled by Donald W. Whisenhut for the Smith County Historical Society  
 
*''Chronological History of Smith County,'' 1983 compiled by Donald W. Whisenhut for the Smith County Historical Society  
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==== Maps  ====
 
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Texas Land Survey Maps for {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
 
*[http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/sanborn/t.html City of Tyler Sanborn Insurance Maps] for 1877, 1885, 1889, 1898, 1902, 1907, 1912 &amp; 1919.&nbsp; Scroll down the page until you get to Tyler. There are several sheets to each map.  
 
*[http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/sanborn/t.html City of Tyler Sanborn Insurance Maps] for 1877, 1885, 1889, 1898, 1902, 1907, 1912 &amp; 1919.&nbsp; Scroll down the page until you get to Tyler. There are several sheets to each map.  
 
*Smith County Maps:&nbsp; [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88970/ 1853]&nbsp; [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth89172/?q=tyler%20county 1872]&nbsp; [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88972/ 1880]&nbsp; [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88975 1905]&nbsp; from the Portal to Texas History.  
 
*Smith County Maps:&nbsp; [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88970/ 1853]&nbsp; [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth89172/?q=tyler%20county 1872]&nbsp; [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88972/ 1880]&nbsp; [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88975 1905]&nbsp; from the Portal to Texas History.  
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==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Smith}}
  
 
*[http://www.hometownnews.com/tx.htm Home Town News]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Texas Newspaper Index with links  
 
*[http://www.hometownnews.com/tx.htm Home Town News]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Texas Newspaper Index with links  
 
*[http://newslink.org/txnews.html Newslink]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Texas Newspaper List (sorted by publication frequency)  
 
*[http://newslink.org/txnews.html Newslink]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Texas Newspaper List (sorted by publication frequency)  
 
*[http://theoldentimes.com/oldtexas_main.html The Olden Times]&nbsp;&nbsp; -&nbsp;&nbsp; Historic Texas News Online  
 
*[http://theoldentimes.com/oldtexas_main.html The Olden Times]&nbsp;&nbsp; -&nbsp;&nbsp; Historic Texas News Online  
*Boomtown, Bridge and&nbsp;Baseball -&nbsp;The Troup Banner, 1928-1939 Troup, Smith County, Texas ~ book ~ Abstracted and Compiled by Judy Womack for East Texas Genealogical Society
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*''Boomtown, Bridge and&nbsp;Baseball -&nbsp;The Troup Banner, 1928-1939 Troup, Smith County, Texas ''~ book ~ Abstracted and Compiled by Judy Womack for East Texas Genealogical Society  
*Obituaries Recorded in Lindale News &amp; Troup Banner, Smith County, Texas ~ book ~&nbsp;East Texas Genealogical Society
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*''Obituaries Recorded in Lindale News &amp; Troup Banner, Smith County, Texas ''~ book ~&nbsp;East Texas Genealogical Society  
*Obituaries Recorded in Tyler, Texas Newspapers 1905-1915 ~ book ~ East Texas Genealogical Sociiety
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*''Obituaries Recorded in Tyler, Texas Newspapers 1905-1915'' ~ book ~ East Texas Genealogical Sociiety
  
 
==== Obituaries  ====
 
==== Obituaries  ====
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*[http://www.daddezio.com/obituary/depot/OB-TX-NDX.html Obituary Depot&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; Texas Newspaper Citations  
 
*[http://www.daddezio.com/obituary/depot/OB-TX-NDX.html Obituary Depot&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; Texas Newspaper Citations  
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/obituaries.html Obituary Project] ~ Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/obituaries.html Obituary Project] ~ Hidden Ancestors  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~obituary/ Obituary Daily Times&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; Citations to over 15,000,000 obituaries including interactive search function
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~obituary/ Obituary Daily Times&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; Citations to over 15,000,000 obituaries including interactive search function  
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*''Obituaries from the Lindale News and the Troup Banner, Smith County, Texas'' by Lorene West Conaway ~ East Texas Genealogical Society
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*''Obituaries from Tyler newspapers, Smith County, Texas, 1905-1915'' by Lorene West Conaway and Ruby Renfro Neilson ~ East Texas Genealogical Society
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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{{TX Probate Intro}}
  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/corthous.html Smith County Wills and Probate]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/corthous.html Smith County Wills and Probate]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=36 Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Ancestry.com&nbsp; (subscription)
 
*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=36 Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Ancestry.com&nbsp; (subscription)
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==== Schools  ====
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*[http://www3.familyoldphotos.com/photo/texas/24024/tyler-tx-high-school-1940-basketball-team Tyler, TX High School]: 1940 Basketball Team Photo with names of individuals
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
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{{TX Tax Intro}}
  
*1890 Tax Record Abstract, Smith County, TX ~ East Texas Genealogical Society
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*''1890 Tax Record Abstract, Smith County, TX'' ~ East Texas Genealogical Society
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
*[http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.  
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*[http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1320964 Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]]<br>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.  
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.  
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1320964 Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]]<br>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.  
 
*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_marriage_records.htm Texas Marriage Records&nbsp; 1966 - 2005]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_marriage_records.htm Texas Marriage Records&nbsp; 1966 - 2005]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records&nbsp; 1968&nbsp;- 2005]&nbsp;&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records&nbsp; 1968&nbsp;- 2005]&nbsp;&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Texas&nbsp; 1850 - 1930
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*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Texas&nbsp; 1850 - 1930  
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*''Marriage Records of Smith County, Texas 1846-1899'' ~ East Texas Genealogical Society
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*''Marriage Records of Smith County, Texas 1900-1926'' ~ East Texas Genealogical Society
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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Tyler Public Library<br>201 S College Ave<br>Tyler, TX 75702<br>Phone: (903) 593-7323<br>[http://www.cityoftyler.org/Library/Library/tabid/542/Default.aspx Library Website]<br>[http://www.tylerlibrary.com/uhtbin/cgisirsi.exe/0/0/0/60/1180/X Library Catalog]  
 
Tyler Public Library<br>201 S College Ave<br>Tyler, TX 75702<br>Phone: (903) 593-7323<br>[http://www.cityoftyler.org/Library/Library/tabid/542/Default.aspx Library Website]<br>[http://www.tylerlibrary.com/uhtbin/cgisirsi.exe/0/0/0/60/1180/X Library Catalog]  
  
Whitehouse Community Library<br>107 Bascom Rd<br>Whitehouse, TX 75791<br>Phone: (903) 839-2949  
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Whitehouse Community Library<br>107 Bascom Rd<br>Whitehouse, TX 75791<br>Phone: (903) 839-2949 <br>[http://www.whitehousecommunitylibrary.com/ Library Website]
 
 
Cameron-J Jarvis Troup Municipal Library<br>102 S Georgia<br>Troup, TX 75789
 
  
Lindale Library<br>200 E Hubbard St<br>Lindale, TX 75771
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Cameron-J Jarvis Troup Municipal Library<br>102 S Georgia<br>PO&nbsp;Box 721<br>Troup, TX 75789 <br>Phone:&nbsp;(903) 842-3101<br>[http://www.trouplibrary.org/ Library Website]<br>[http://trouptx.booksys.net/opac/trouptx/ Library Catalog]
  
Phone: (903) 882-1900  
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Lindale Library<br>200 E Hubbard St<br>Lindale, TX 75771<br>Phone: (903) 882-1900 <br>[http://www.lindalelibrary.org/ Library Website]<br>[http://66.76.48.7/opac/lpl/ Library Catalog]
  
 
Bullard Community Library<br>211 W Main St<br>Bullard, TX 75757<br>Phone: (903) 894-6125  
 
Bullard Community Library<br>211 W Main St<br>Bullard, TX 75757<br>Phone: (903) 894-6125  
  
 
Noonday Community Library<br>16662 CR 196<br>Tyler, TX 75703<br>Phone: (903) 939-0540  
 
Noonday Community Library<br>16662 CR 196<br>Tyler, TX 75703<br>Phone: (903) 939-0540  
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Smith County Historical Society<br>125 South College Ave.<br>Tyler TX&nbsp;75702<br>Phone:&nbsp;(903) 592-5993<br>Fax: (903) 526-0924<br>[http://smithcountyhistoricalsociety.org/index.php Society Website]
  
 
East Texas Genealogical Society<br>PO&nbsp;Box 6967<br>Tyler TX&nbsp;75711-6967<br>[http://www.etgs.org www.etgs.org]  
 
East Texas Genealogical Society<br>PO&nbsp;Box 6967<br>Tyler TX&nbsp;75711-6967<br>[http://www.etgs.org www.etgs.org]  
  
[http://www.daddezio.com/society/hill/SH-TX-NDX.html Society Hill]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies
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==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*[[Tyler Texas Family History Center]]
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[http://www.daddezio.com/society/hill/SH-TX-NDX.html Society Hill]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies  
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
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== References  ==
 
== References  ==
  
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[[Category:Smith_County,_Texas]]
 
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Guide to Smith County Texas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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County Courthouse

Smith County Courthouse
100 N Broadway Avenue
Tyler, TX 75702-1018
Phone: 903.535.0630 

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage records from 1848, probate records from 1847,
court and land records from 1846[1]

History

Parent County

1846--Smith County was created 11 April 1846 from Nacogdoches County. County seat: Tyler [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

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

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Findagrave.com

Family History Library

Findagrave.com

Interment.net

WorldCat

Names in Stone

USGenWeb


Billion Graves

Billion Graves


Cemeteries of Texas



Names in Stone



See Texas Cemeteries for more information.
Additional Cemetery Sources


Census

  • 1850 Census  ~  transcription  ~  East Texas Genealogical Society for USGenWeb Archives Project
  • 1850 and 1860 Federal Censuses, Smith County, TX ~ book ~ East Texas Genealogical Society
  • 1860 Census  ~  transcription  ~  East Texas Genealogical Society for USGenWeb Archives Project
  • 1870 Census  ~  transcription  ~  East Texas Genealogical Society and USGenWeb Archives Project
  • 1870 Federal Census, Smith County, TX ~ book ~ East Texas Genealogical Society
  • 1880 Census  ~  transcription   ~  East Texas Genealogical Society for USGenWeb Archives Project
  • Smith County, Texas U. S. Census Index for 1880 & 1880 Mortality Schedule ~ book ~ East Texas Genealogical Society 
  • 1890 Tax Record Abstract, Smith County, TX [census substitute] ~ book ~ East Texas Genealogical Society
  • 1900 Census  ~  transcription  ~  East Texas Genealogical Society for USGenWeb Archives Project
  • 1910 Census  ~  transcription  ~  East Texas Genealogical Society for USGenWeb Archives Project
  • 1920 Census  ~  transcription  ~  East Texas Genealogical Society for USGenWeb Archives Project
  • Smith County, Texas, U. S. Census Indexes: 1900, 1910 & 1920 ~ book ~ East Texas Genealogical Society
  • 1930 Census   ~  transcription  ~  East Texas Genealogical Society for USGenWeb Archives Project
  • Smith County, Texas U. S. Census Indexes for 1930 ~ book ~ East Texas Genealogical Society
     

Church

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.


City Directories

Court

  • Affidavits of Death and Heirship 1846 - 1909  ~  transcription ~ East Texas Genealogical Society for USGenWeb Archives Project
  • Abstract District Court Minutes Smith County, TX 1847-1857 ~ book ~ East Texas Genealogical Society

Land

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 Histories

Local histories are available for Smith 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.

  • Chronological History of Smith County, 1983 compiled by Donald W. Whisenhut for the Smith County Historical Society
  • A History of Tyler and Smith County, 1948 by Albert Woldert.  Read the book on line from The Portal to Texas History.
  • Tyler & Smith County, Texas: An Historical Survey, 1978 by Robert W. Glover. Read the book online from The Portal to Texas History.
  • Historical Atlas of Smith County, 1965
  • A History of Smith County, Texas, North Texas State Teachers College Thesis by William R. Ward, 1944, overview of the history of Smith County. Read the thesis online from The Portal to Texas History.
  • The Bullard Area-Its History and People, 1800–1977 by the Bullard Community Library Commission.
  • Smith County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Some Biographies of Old Settlers  ~  excerpts from publication  ~  USGenWeb Archives Project
  • A History of Smith County  ~  USGenWeb Archives Project

Maps

Military

  • Military Resources ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
  • Fallen Heroes  ~  Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
  • Honoring Our Veterans ~ Partial index of veterans from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors

Newspapers

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

TX Newspaper Abstracts (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).
  • Home Town News  -  Texas Newspaper Index with links
  • Newslink  -  Texas Newspaper List (sorted by publication frequency)
  • The Olden Times   -   Historic Texas News Online
  • Boomtown, Bridge and Baseball - The Troup Banner, 1928-1939 Troup, Smith County, Texas ~ book ~ Abstracted and Compiled by Judy Womack for East Texas Genealogical Society
  • Obituaries Recorded in Lindale News & Troup Banner, Smith County, Texas ~ book ~ East Texas Genealogical Society
  • Obituaries Recorded in Tyler, Texas Newspapers 1905-1915 ~ book ~ East Texas Genealogical Sociiety

Obituaries

  • 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
  • Obituaries from the Lindale News and the Troup Banner, Smith County, Texas by Lorene West Conaway ~ East Texas Genealogical Society
  • Obituaries from Tyler newspapers, Smith County, Texas, 1905-1915 by Lorene West Conaway and Ruby Renfro Neilson ~ East Texas Genealogical Society

Probate

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.


Schools

Taxation

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.

  • 1890 Tax Record Abstract, Smith County, TX ~ East Texas Genealogical Society

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

Tyler Public Library
201 S College Ave
Tyler, TX 75702
Phone: (903) 593-7323
Library Website
Library Catalog

Whitehouse Community Library
107 Bascom Rd
Whitehouse, TX 75791
Phone: (903) 839-2949
Library Website

Cameron-J Jarvis Troup Municipal Library
102 S Georgia
PO Box 721
Troup, TX 75789
Phone: (903) 842-3101
Library Website
Library Catalog

Lindale Library
200 E Hubbard St
Lindale, TX 75771
Phone: (903) 882-1900
Library Website
Library Catalog

Bullard Community Library
211 W Main St
Bullard, TX 75757
Phone: (903) 894-6125

Noonday Community Library
16662 CR 196
Tyler, TX 75703
Phone: (903) 939-0540

Smith County Historical Society
125 South College Ave.
Tyler TX 75702
Phone: (903) 592-5993
Fax: (903) 526-0924
Society Website

East Texas Genealogical Society
PO Box 6967
Tyler TX 75711-6967
www.etgs.org

Family History Centers

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

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Smith County, Texas. Page 673 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).