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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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Guide to '''Smith County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
  
{{TXDC}}  
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{{Click|Image:TX_ORP.png|Texas Online Genealogy Records|left}}<br>
  
<br>{{Infobox U.S. County
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{{Infobox U.S. County
 
| county = Smith County
 
| county = Smith County
 
| adoption_sign = Adoption Hidden Ancestors
 
| adoption_sign = Adoption Hidden Ancestors
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| founded date = April 11
 
| founded date = April 11
 
| seat wl = Tyler
 
| seat wl = Tyler
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| building image = TexasSmithCourthouse.jpg
 
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== County Courthouse  ==
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== County Information ==
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==== Smith County, Texas Record Dates ====
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<center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''</center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1903
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1846
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1850
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1846
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| width="16.6%" align="center" |1846
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==== County Courthouse  ====
  
 
[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>  
 
[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>  
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'''County Clerk'''
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200 East Ferguson Ste. 300<br>Tyler 75702<br>Phone: 903-590-4670
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'''District Clerk'''
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100 N. Broadway Rm 204<br>Tyler 75702<br>Phone: 903-590-1660<br>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1846--'''Smith County was created 11 April 1846 from [[Nacogdoches County, Texas|Nacogdoches]] County. '''County seat:''' Tyler <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1846--'''Smith County was created 11 April 1846 from [[Nacogdoches County, Texas Genealogy|Nacogdoches]] County.<br>
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*'''County seat:''' Tyler <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Smith, Bullard|place|disp=Bullard}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Smith, Concord|place|disp=Concord}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Smith, Pine Springs|place|disp=Pine Springs}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Smith, Troup|place|disp=Troup}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Smith, Tyler|place|disp=Tyler}}
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Cherokee County, Texas|Cherokee]]  
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[[Cherokee County, Texas Genealogy|Cherokee]] {{•}} [[Gregg County, Texas Genealogy|Gregg]] {{•}} [[Henderson County, Texas Genealogy|Henderson]] {{•}} [[Rusk County, Texas Genealogy|Rusk]] {{•}} [[Upshur County, Texas Genealogy|Upshur]] {{•}} [[Van Zandt County, Texas Genealogy|Van Zandt]] {{•}} [[Wood County, Texas Genealogy|Wood]]  
*[[Gregg County, Texas|Gregg]]  
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<center>{{TX SMITH County, Texas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Henderson County, Texas|Henderson]]  
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== Resources  ==
*[[Rusk County, Texas|Rusk]]  
 
*[[Upshur County, Texas|Upshur]]  
 
*[[Van Zandt County, Texas|Van Zandt]]  
 
*[[Wood County, Texas|Wood]]
 
  
== Resources ==
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==== African American ====
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*'''1865-1870''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1989155 Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records](images) - FamilySearch<br>
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.  
 
Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.  
  
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
 
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| bgcolor="#ffff99" align="center" width="31%" | '''Online Grave Transcripts'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=46&GScnty=2731&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n FindAGrave] 
| bgcolor="#dbbff7" align="center" width="31%" | '''Published Grave Transcripts'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|371199|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
| bgcolor="#dbeadc" align="center" | '''County Cemetery Directories'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2731 FindAGrave]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.linkpendium.com/smith-tx-genealogy/cem/ Linkpendium]
[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Findagrave.com]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=Cemeteries%2C+Smith+County%2C+Texas WorldCat]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/smith.html Tombstone Project]
| bgcolor="#eddffb" | {{FHL|371199|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
 
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=46&CScnty=2731 Findagrave.com ]  
 
 
 
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search#/ Billion Graves (name)]  
[http://www.interment.net/us/tx/index.htm Interment.net]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Etx/Smith/ListSmith.html Cemeteries of TX]
| bgcolor="#eddffb" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?qt=worldcat_org_all&q=Cemeteries%2C+Smith+County%2C+Texas WorldCat]
 
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[http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]  
 
 
 
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/cemeter.html GenWeb Archives]  
[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html USGenWeb]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texascemeteries.org/smith/smith-county-cemeteries Texas Cemeteries]
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[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery=undefined&action=search_cemetery Billion Graves ]  
 
 
 
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Texas&county=Smith&cemetery_name=a#/ Billion Graves (cemetery)]
[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery Billion Graves]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://texasgravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=212 TX Gravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.etgs.org/txsmith/cemeteries/smcemlist.html TXGenWeb]
[http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Etx/Smith/ListSmith.html Cemeteries of Texas]<br>
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=22787&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=78&stateAbbv=&stateName= Epodunk]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
[http://www.namesinstone.com/Default.aspx Names in Stone]  
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/tx/smith.htm Interment]
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| colspan="3" | See [[Texas Cemeteries|Texas Cemeteries]] for more information.
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3"|See [[Texas Cemeteries|Texas Cemeteries]] for more information.  
 
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===== Additional Cemetery Sources  =====
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''Additional Cemetery Sources''
 
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*[http://www.etgs.org/txsmith/cemeteries/smcemlist.html Cemeteries of Smith County]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; alphabetical list&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
 
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/tsphotos/smithph.html Smith County Cemetery Photographs]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/tsphotos/smithph.html Smith County Cemetery Photographs]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/cemeteries/smithwarlist.html Smith County Military Grave Markers/Markings&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/cemeteries/smithwarlist.html Smith County Military Grave Markers/Markings&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project  
*[http://www.jamespdouglas.com/Grave_Sites.html Confederate Soldiers Buried in Smith County]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[http://www.b17.com/civilwar/scv/deadsmith.htm Confederate Soldiers Buried in Smith County]  
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html Tombstone Transcription Project] ~ Partial transcription of cemetery tombstones ~ USGenWeb
 
*[http://www.historictexas.net/cemeteries/1-countytables.htm Texas Historic Cemeteries] ~ Partial indexes to historic cemeteries
 
 
*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/tx/ African American Cemeteries Online]&nbsp;~ Partial index/transcriptions of African American cemeteries  
 
*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/tx/ African American Cemeteries Online]&nbsp;~ Partial index/transcriptions of African American cemeteries  
 
*[http://www.texasescapes.com/DEPARTMENTS/Grave_Thoughts/TexasCemeteries.htm Texas Escapes] Listing of Texas cemeteries with transcriptions and lots of pictures.
 
*[http://www.texasescapes.com/DEPARTMENTS/Grave_Thoughts/TexasCemeteries.htm Texas Escapes] Listing of Texas cemeteries with transcriptions and lots of pictures.
  
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==== Census  ====
  
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{{US Census population
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|1850= 4292
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|1860= 13392
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|1870= 16532
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|1880= 21863
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|1890= 28324
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|1900= 37370
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|1910= 41746
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|1920= 46769
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|1930= 53123
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|1940= 69090
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|1950= 74701
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|1960= 86350
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|1970= 97096
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|1980= 128366
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|1990= 151309
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|2000= 174706
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|2010= 209714
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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  
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*'''1850''' [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/census/1850.html Census] ~ transcription ~ 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  
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*'''1860''' [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/census/1860.html Census] ~ transcription ~ 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  
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*'''1870''' [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/census/1870.html Census] ~ transcription ~ 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  
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*'''1880''' [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/census/1880.html Census] ~ transcription ~ 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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*'''1880''' ''Smith County, Texas U. S. Census Index for 1880 &amp; 1880 Mortality Schedule '' ~ 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  
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*'''1900''' [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/census/1900.html Census] ~ transcription ~ 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  
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*'''1900, 1910, 1920''' ''Smith County, Texas, U. S. Census Indexes: 1900, 1910 &amp; 1920'' ~ book ~ East Texas Genealogical Society
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/census/1920.html 1920 Census]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; transcription&nbsp; ~&nbsp; East Texas Genealogical Society for USGenWeb Archives Project  
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*'''1910''' [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/census/1910.html Census] ~ transcription ~ 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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*'''1920''' [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/census/1920.html Census] ~ transcription ~ 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  
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*'''1930''' [http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/census/1930.html Census] ~ transcription ~ 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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*'''1930''' ''Smith County, Texas U. S. Census Indexes for 1930'' ~ book ~ East Texas Genealogical Society<br>
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
{{TX Church Intro}}
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{{TX Church Intro}}  
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*[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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*'''1972''' [http://www.historicmapworks.com/Atlas/US/18670/Smith+County+1972/ Smith County 1972] from Historic Map Works  
*[http://www.historicmapworks.com/Atlas/US/18671/Smith+County+1981/ Smith County 1981] from Historic Map Works
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*'''1981''' [http://www.historicmapworks.com/Atlas/US/18671/Smith+County+1981/ Smith County 1981] from Historic Map Works
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/court/heir1846.txt Affidavits of Death and Heirship 1846 - 1909]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; transcription ~ East Texas Genealogical Society for USGenWeb Archives Project  
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*'''1846-1909''' [http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/court/heir1846.txt Affidavits of Death and Heirship] ~ transcription ~ East Texas Genealogical Society for USGenWeb Archives Project  
*Abstract District Court Minutes Smith County, TX 1847-1857 ~ book ~&nbsp;East Texas Genealogical Society
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*'''1847-1857''' Abstract District Court Minutes Smith County ~ book ~ East Texas Genealogical Society
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
{{TX 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  ====
{{TX County Histories}}
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{{TX County Histories}}  
  
 
*''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  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Texas Land Survey Maps for {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
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[[Image:Txsmith.jpg|270px|Txsmith.jpg]]
*[http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/sanborn/t.html City of Tyler Sanborn Insurance Maps] for 1877, 1885, 1889, 1898, 1902, 1907, 1912 &amp; 1919.&nbsp; Scroll down the page until you get to Tyler. There are several sheets to each map.
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*Smith County Maps:&nbsp; [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88970/ 1853]&nbsp; [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth89172/?q=tyler%20county 1872]&nbsp; [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88972/ 1880]&nbsp; [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88975 1905]&nbsp; from the Portal to Texas History.  
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Texas Land Survey Maps for {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.  
*[http://www.historicmapworks.com/Atlas/US/7393/Smith+County+1903/ Smith County 1903 Map] from Historic Map Works.  
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*'''1853, 1872, 1880, 1905''' Smith County Maps: [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88970/ 1853] [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth89172/?q=tyler%20county 1872] [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88972/ 1880] [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88975 1905] from the Portal to Texas History.  
*[http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/aris/maps/maplookup.php?mapnum=4994 Smith County General Highway Map 1939]  
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*'''1877, 1885, 1889, 1898, 1902, 1907, 1912, 1919''' [http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/sanborn/t.html City of Tyler, Sanborn Insurance Maps]. Scroll down the page until you get to Tyler. There are several sheets to each map.
*[http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/aris/maps/maplookup.php?mapnum=5291 Smith County General Highway Map 1961]
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*'''1903''' [http://www.historicmapworks.com/Atlas/US/7393/Smith+County+1903/ Smith County Map] from Historic Map Works.
*1914 Map of Angelina, Gregg, Harrison, Cherokee, Houston, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rusk, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith &amp; Trinity at [http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~shastaca/maps/TX/TX13map.html www.rootsweb.com]<br>
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*'''1914'''  Map of Angelina, Gregg, Harrison, Cherokee, Houston, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rusk, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith &amp; Trinity at [http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~shastaca/maps/TX/TX13map.html www.rootsweb.com]<br>
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*'''1939''' [http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/aris/maps/maplookup.php?mapnum=4994 Smith County General Highway Map]  
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*'''1961''' [http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/aris/maps/maplookup.php?mapnum=5291 Smith County General Highway Map]
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/military.html Military Resources] ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom&nbsp;~&nbsp;Hidden Ancestors  
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*'''1838 - 1900''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2059 Texas Muster Roll Index Cards 1838-1900] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/fallen_heroes.htm Fallen Heroes]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/military.html Military Resources] ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/veterans/veterans.htm Honoring Our Veterans] ~ Partial index of veterans from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Fallen_Heroes.htm Fallen Heroes] ~ Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/veterans.htm Honoring Our Veterans] ~ Partial index of veterans from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
 +
 
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=====Mexican-American War=====
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*'''1845 - 1848''' - [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2058 US American Volunteer Soldiers Mexican War 1845-1848] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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=====Civil War=====
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932381|Texas, Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1861 - 1865''' - {{RecordSearch|1932425|Texas, Civil War Records of Union Soldiers, 1861-1865}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index 
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*[https://www.tsl.texas.gov/apps/arc/pensions/ Confederate Pension Applications] ~ Texas State Library and Archives Commission
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=====World War I=====
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*'''1917 - 1920''' - {{RecordSearch|2202707|Texas, World War I Records, 1917-1920}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Smith}}  
 
{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Smith}}  
  
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==== Obituaries  ====
 
==== Obituaries  ====
  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/obituaryresources.html Obituary Resources] ~ Links to research and locate obituaries ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/obituaries.html Obituary Resources] ~ Links to research and locate obituaries ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/obits/tx/obitstx.htm USGenWeb Archives Obituary Project]&nbsp;&nbsp;~&nbsp; Texas  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/obits/tx/obitstx.htm USGenWeb Archives Obituary Project]&nbsp;&nbsp;~&nbsp; Texas  
 
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/drdb/ Afrigeneas] ~ African American death notices, obituaries and funeral programs compiled by users from current newspapers and historical sources  
 
*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/drdb/ Afrigeneas] ~ African American death notices, obituaries and funeral programs compiled by users from current newspapers and historical sources  
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==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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{{TX Probate Intro}}  
 
{{TX Probate Intro}}  
  
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/corthous.html Smith County Wills and Probate]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives Project
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'''Online Probate Records'''
*[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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*'''1800 – 1990''' {{RecordSearch|2016287|Texas Probate Records 1800-1990}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1800 – 2000''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2115 Texas Wills and Probate Records 1800-2000] at [http://home.ancestry.com Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/corthous.html Smith County Wills and Probate] ~ USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=36 Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records] ~ Ancestry.com (subscription)
  
 
==== Schools  ====
 
==== Schools  ====
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==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
{{TX Tax Intro}}
 
  
*''1890 Tax Record Abstract, Smith County, TX'' ~ East Texas Genealogical Society
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{{TX Tax Intro}}
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*''' ''1890''' Tax Record Abstract, Smith County, TX'' ~ East Texas Genealogical Society
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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{{TX Vital Intro}}  
 
{{TX Vital Intro}}  
  
*[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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===== Birth  =====
*[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.  
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*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_marriage_records.htm Texas Marriage Records&nbsp; 1966 - 2005]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
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''Online Birth Indexes and Records''
*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records&nbsp; 1968&nbsp;- 2005]&nbsp;&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
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*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Texas&nbsp; 1850 - 1930  
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*'''1903-1935''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803956 Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1935] (images and index) - FamilySearch<br>
*''Marriage Records of Smith County, Texas 1846-1899'' ~ East Texas Genealogical Society
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*'''1903-1997''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949342 Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997&nbsp;] (index)-&nbsp; FamilySearch<br>
*''Marriage Records of Smith County, Texas 1900-1926'' ~ East Texas Genealogical Society
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===== Marriage  =====
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 +
''Online Marriage Indexes and Records''
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*'''1814-1909 and 1966-2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8795 Texas Marriage Collection 1814-1909 and 1966-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*'''1837-1973''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1681052 Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973] - FamilySearch record collection
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*'''1837-1977''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803987 Texas County Marriage Records, 1837-1977] - FamilySearch. Index to a variety of marriage records (registers, licenses, intentions to marry, etc.) from select counties in Texas.''<br>''
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*'''1837-1977''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60183 Texas Select County Marriage Index 1837-1977] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] index $
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*'''1846-1899''' ''Marriage Records of Smith County, Texas 1846-1899'' - East Texas Genealogical Society
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*'''1900-1926''' ''Marriage Records of Smith County, Texas 1900-1926'' - East Texas Genealogical Society
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*'''1966-2005''' [http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_marriage_records.htm Texas Marriage Records 1966 - 2005] ~ Hidden Ancestors
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*'''1966-2010''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/2031191 Texas, Marriages, 1966-2010] - FamilySearch record collection
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===== Death  =====
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 +
''Online Death Indexes and Records''
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 +
*'''1890-1976''' [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 Family Search and is tied to images of the Texas death certificates. Few certificates are available prior to 1903.  
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*'''1903-1973''' {{RecordSearch|1681049|Texas Deaths and Burials 1903-1973}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1903-1982''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2272 Texas Death Certificates 1903-1982] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1903-2000''' [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949337 ''Texas, Death Index, 1903-2000''] (index) - FamilySearch<br>
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*'''1964-1998''' [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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*'''1977-1986''' {{RecordSearch|1930157|Texas Deaths 1977-1986}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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 +
===== Divorce  =====
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*'''1968-2005''' [http://whttp://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records&nbsp; 1968&nbsp;- 2005]&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
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*'''1968-2010''' {{RecordSearch|2038378|Texas Divorce Index 1968-2010}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*'''1968-2011''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8794 Texas Divorces 1968-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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<br>
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*'''1850-1930'''[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] Texas&nbsp; 1850 - 1930
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
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]  
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'''Smith County Historical Society'''<br>125 South College Ave.<br>Tyler TX 75702<br>Telephone Number: 903-592-5993<br>Fax: 903-526-0924<br>[http://smithcountyhistoricalsociety.org/index.php Website]<br><br>
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'''East Texas Genealogical Society'''<br>PO Box 6967<br>Tyler TX 75711-6967<br>[http://www.etgs.org website]<br><br>
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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]  
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'''Tyler Public Library'''<br>201 S College Ave<br>Tyler, TX 75702<br>Telephone Number: 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]<br><br> 
  
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]
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'''Whitehouse Community Library'''<br>107 Bascom Rd<br>Whitehouse, TX 75791<br>Telephone Number: 903-839-2949 <br>[http://www.whitehousecommunitylibrary.com/ Library Website]<br><br> 
  
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]  
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'''Cameron-J Jarvis Troup Municipal Library'''<br>102 S Georgia<br>PO&nbsp;Box 721<br>Troup, TX 75789 <br>Telephone Number: 903-842-3101<br>[http://www.trouplibrary.org/ Library Website]<br>[http://trouptx.booksys.net/opac/trouptx/ Library Catalog]<br><br> 
  
Bullard Community Library<br>211 W Main St<br>Bullard, TX 75757<br>Phone: (903) 894-6125
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'''Lindale Library'''<br>200 E Hubbard St<br>Lindale, TX 75771<br>Telephone Number: 903-882-1900 <br>[http://www.lindalelibrary.org/ Library Website]<br>[http://66.76.48.7/opac/lpl/ Library Catalog] <br><br>
  
Noonday Community Library<br>16662 CR 196<br>Tyler, TX 75703<br>Phone: (903) 939-0540
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'''Bullard Community Library'''<br>211 W Main St<br>Bullard, TX 75757<br>Telephone Number: 903-894-6125<br><br> 
  
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]
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'''Noonday Community Library'''<br>16662 CR 196<br>Tyler, TX 75703<br>Telephone Number: 903-939-0540<br><br>  
  
East Texas Genealogical Society<br>PO&nbsp;Box 6967<br>Tyler TX&nbsp;75711-6967<br>[http://www.etgs.org www.etgs.org]
 
  
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
*[[Tyler Texas Family History Center]]
 
  
[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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*[[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 ==
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== Websites ==
  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/smittoc.htm Smith County&nbsp;] ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/smith/smittoc.htm Smith County&nbsp;] ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project  
 
*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county.  
 
*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county.  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com Hidden Ancestors]&nbsp; Information on Texas genealogy research as well as genealogy research in general.
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\*[http://usgwarchives.net/tx/txfiles.htm USGenWeb Texas Archives] Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.  
*[http://usgwarchives.net/tx/txfiles.htm USGenWeb Texas Archives] Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.  
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*{{FHL|Texas Smith|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}} — The catalog is genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications)  This catalog is different than the indexed Historical Records.
*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Smith|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
 
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==
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Latest revision as of 21:11, 23 August 2017

United States
Texas
Smith County

Guide to Smith 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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County Information


Smith County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1846 1850 1846 1846

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]

County Clerk

200 East Ferguson Ste. 300
Tyler 75702
Phone: 903-590-4670

District Clerk

100 N. Broadway Rm 204
Tyler 75702
Phone: 903-590-1660

History

Parent County

1846--Smith County was created 11 April 1846 from Nacogdoches County.

  • County seat: Tyler [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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

Places / Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Cherokee  • Gregg  • Henderson  • Rusk  • Upshur  • Van Zandt  • Wood

Gregg CountySmith CountyHenderson CountyVan Zandt CountyWood CountyUpshur CountyRusk CountyCherokee CountyTX SMITH.JPG
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Resources

African American

Cemeteries

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
Billion Graves (name) Cemeteries of TX
GenWeb Archives Texas Cemeteries
Billion Graves (cemetery) TX Gravestones
TXGenWeb Epodunk
Names in Stone Interment
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Sources

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18504,292
186013,392212.0%
187016,53223.4%
188021,86332.2%
189028,32429.6%
190037,37031.9%
191041,74611.7%
192046,76912.0%
193053,12313.6%
194069,09030.1%
195074,7018.1%
196086,35015.6%
197097,09612.4%
1980128,36632.2%
1990151,30917.9%
2000174,70615.5%
2010209,71420.0%
  • 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
  • 1880 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
  • 1900, 1910, 1920 Smith County, Texas, U. S. Census Indexes: 1900, 1910 & 1920 ~ book ~ East Texas Genealogical Society
  • 1910 Census ~ transcription ~ East Texas Genealogical Society for USGenWeb Archives Project
  • 1920 Census ~ transcription ~ East Texas Genealogical Society for USGenWeb Archives Project
  • 1930 Census ~ transcription ~ East Texas Genealogical Society for USGenWeb Archives Project
  • 1930 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

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

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Military

Mexican-American War
Civil War
World War I

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.

Online 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.

Birth

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Marriage

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Death

Online Death Indexes and Records

Divorce


Societies and Libraries

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

East Texas Genealogical Society
PO Box 6967
Tyler TX 75711-6967
website


Tyler Public Library
201 S College Ave
Tyler, TX 75702
Telephone Number: 903-593-7323
Library Website
Library Catalog

Whitehouse Community Library
107 Bascom Rd
Whitehouse, TX 75791
Telephone Number: 903-839-2949
Library Website

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

Lindale Library
200 E Hubbard St
Lindale, TX 75771
Telephone Number: 903-882-1900
Library Website
Library Catalog

Bullard Community Library
211 W Main St
Bullard, TX 75757
Telephone Number: 903-894-6125

Noonday Community Library
16662 CR 196
Tyler, TX 75703
Telephone Number: 903-939-0540


Family History Centers

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.

Websites

  • Smith County  ~  USGenWeb Archives Project
  • 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.

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).