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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties T|Counties T]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Taylor County'' <br>  
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Guide to '''Taylor 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.taylorcountytexas.org/ Taylor County Courthouse]<br> 300 Oak Street<br> Abilene, TX 79602<br> Phone: 915.674.1202 <br><br>County Clerk has marriage, probate and land records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Taylor County, Texas. Page 674 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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Taylor County has had two county seats:&nbsp; Buffalo Gap 1878-1883 and Abilene 1883-present.<ref>Handbook of Texas Online: Taylor County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hct02</ref>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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See an interactive map of Taylor County [http://www.genealogyinc.com/texas/maps/ boundary changes].
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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Abilene | Buffalo Gap | Caps | Potosi | Hamby | Happy Valley | Lawn | Merkel | Ovalo | Potosi | Trent | Tuscola | Tye | View | Wylie
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*[http://www.abilenetx.com/cemeteryview/ Abilene City Cemetery] (City of Abilene Cemetery, Municipal Cemetery) Cemetery Database.&nbsp; Includes:&nbsp; I. O. O. F. Cemetery, Masonic Cemetery, Cedar Hill Cemetery, Cedar Hill Flats Cemetery. Search by space or occupant.<br>
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*[http://www.abilenetx.com/cemeteryview/ Abilene City Cemetery] (City of Abilene Cemetery, Municipal Cemetery) Cemetery Database. Also includes:&nbsp; I. O. O. F. Cemetery, Masonic Cemetery, Cedar Hill Cemetery, Cedar Hill Flats Cemetery. Search by space or occupant.  
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*[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txtaylor/taylorcemeteries.html Taylor County Cemeteries]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb
 
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html Tombstone Transcription Project] ~ Partial transcription of cemetery tombstones ~ USGenWeb  
 
*[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://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.<br>
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=101986 Buffalo Gap Cemetery, Tuscola] BillionGraves
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=102260 Drummond Cemetery, Abilene] BillionGraves
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*[http://www.texasescapes.com/DEPARTMENTS/Grave_Thoughts/TexasCemeteries.htm Texas Escapes] Listing of Texas cemeteries with transcriptions and lots of pictures.
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
==== Land ====
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==== Land ====
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{{TX Land}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{TX County Histories}}
  
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*''A History of Rural Taylor County, ''1980, by Juanita Daniel Zachry.
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/txtaylor/timelines.html Taylor County Timeline]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; TXGenWeb
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*[http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hct02 Taylor County, Texas History] from the Handbook of Texas Online
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/museums.html Texas Museums]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; List of all museums in Texas&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/museums.html Texas Museums]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; List of all museums in Texas&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/maps.html Historical Maps]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; From the Republic to the Turn of the Century&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
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*[http://www.birdseyeviews.org/zoom.php?city=Abilene&year=1883&extra_info= Abilene 1883 Panoramic Map] from the Amon Carter Museum.
*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/maps.html Historical Maps]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; From the Republic to the Turn of the Century&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/taylor/military/civilwar/pensions Taylor County CSA&nbsp;Pensions]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb Archives
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*[http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors]
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*[http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/cif/?dex/ Confederate Indigent Families List&nbsp;]
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*[http://www.terrystexasrangers.org/ Terrys Texas Rangers, 8th Texas Calvary&nbsp;]
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/military.html Military Resources] ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom&nbsp;~&nbsp;Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/military.html Military Resources] ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom&nbsp;~&nbsp;Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/fallen_heroes.htm Fallen Heroes]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[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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==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Taylor}}
  
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*[http://www.newspaperarchive.com/ Newspaperarchive.com] ($) has [http://www.newspaperarchive.com/BrowseLocations.aspx?cntry=7&st=94&ci=30 {{nowrap|Abilene newspapers}}] from the early 1900's that covered local news on residents from Taylor County.
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*Wikipedia has a list of [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_online_newspaper_archives online newspaper archives] for Texas.
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*[http://www.reporter-news.com Abilene Reporter News]
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*The Merkel Mail<br>912 North 1st Street<br>Merkel, TX 79536<br>Phone: 325-928-5712
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*[http://www.buffalogapnews.com/ The Buffalo Gap RoundUp]
 
*[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)  
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==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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{{TX Probate Intro}}
  
*[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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*[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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==== Taxation ====
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==== Taxation ====
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{{TX Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== 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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*[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.  
*[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/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
 
*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Texas&nbsp; 1850 - 1930
  
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== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
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Abilene Public Library<br>202 Cedar St<br>Abilene, TX 79601<br>Phone: (325) 676-6328<br>[http://www.abilenetx.com/apl/ Website]
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<br>Merkel Public Library<br>100 Kent St<br>Merkel, TX 79536<br>Phone: (325) 928-5054
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Society Hill&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies
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==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
  
[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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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
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*[[Abilene Texas Family History Center]]
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
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*[http://hiddenancestors.com/txtaylor/ Taylor County]~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/taylor/tayltoc.htm Taylor County Archives]&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://www.hiddenancestors.com Hidden Ancestors]&nbsp; Information on Texas genealogy research as well as genealogy research in general.  
*[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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*[http://usgwarchives.net/tx/txfiles.htm USGenWeb Texas Archives] Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.  
 
*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Taylor|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
 
*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Taylor|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
  
 
== References  ==
 
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Guide to Taylor County Texas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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County Courthouse

Taylor County Courthouse
300 Oak Street
Abilene, TX 79602
Phone: 915.674.1202

County Clerk has marriage, probate and land records[1]

Taylor County has had two county seats:  Buffalo Gap 1878-1883 and Abilene 1883-present.[2]

History

Parent County

1858--Taylor County was created 1 February 1858 from Bexar and Travis Counties. County seat: Abilene [3]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Taylor County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Abilene | Buffalo Gap | Caps | Potosi | Hamby | Happy Valley | Lawn | Merkel | Ovalo | Potosi | Trent | Tuscola | Tye | View | Wylie

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Church

Court

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 Taylor 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.

Maps

Military

Newspapers

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

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

Obituaries

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.


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.

Vital Records


Societies and Libraries

Abilene Public Library
202 Cedar St
Abilene, TX 79601
Phone: (325) 676-6328
Website


Merkel Public Library
100 Kent St
Merkel, TX 79536
Phone: (325) 928-5054


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

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Taylor County, Texas. Page 674 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Handbook of Texas Online: Taylor County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hct02
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).