Texas, United States Genealogy

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This article is about a southern state of the United States, formerly part of Mexico. For other uses, see Texas (disambiguation).

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Welcome to Texas' page,
the Lone Star State

Most unique genealogical features:
  • Land records were never federal
  • The earliest roads and pioneers were connected to Mexico, not the eastern United States
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Online Records

Texas Counties

Click on a letter for a list of Wiki page links to 254 Texas counties:

Click on the map below to go to a county page. Hover over a county to see its name. To see a larger version of the map, click here.

Dallam CountySherman CountyHansford CountyOchiltree CountyLipscomb CountyHartley CountyMoore CountyHutchinson CountyRoberts CountyHemphill CountyOldham CountyPotter CountyCarson CountyGray CountyWheeler CountyDeaf Smith CountyRandall CountyArmstrong CountyDonley CountyCollingsworth CountyParmer CountyCastro CountySwisher CountyBriscoe CountyHall CountyChildress CountyBailey CountyLamb CountyHale CountyFloyd CountyMotley CountyCottle CountyCochran CountyHockley CountyLubbock CountyCrosby CountyDickens CountyKing CountyYoakum CountyTerry CountyLynn CountyGarza CountyKent CountyStonewall CountyGaines CountyDawson CountyBorden CountyScurry CountyFisher CountyAndrews CountyMartin CountyHoward CountyMitchell CountyNolan CountyEl Paso CountyHudspeth CountyCulberson CountyJeff Davis CountyPresidio CountyReeves CountyBrewster CountyPecos CountyTerrell CountyLoving CountyWinkler CountyWard CountyEctor CountyMidland CountyCrane CountyUpton CountyGlasscock CountyReagan CountySterling CountyIrion CountyCoke CountyTom Green CountyCrockett CountyVal Verde CountySchleicher CountySutton CountyEdwards CountyHardeman CountyFoard CountyWilbarger CountyWichita CountyKnox CountyBaylor CountyArcher CountyClay CountyMontague CountyCooke CountyGrayson CountyFannin CountyLamar CountyRed River CountyBowie CountyCass CountyMorris CountyTitus CountyFranklin CountyDelta CountyHopkins CountyRains CountyWood CountyCamp CountyUpshur CountyMarion CountyHarrison CountyHaskell CountyThrockmorton CountyYoung CountyJack CountyWise CountyDenton CountyCollin CountyHunt CountyJones CountyShackelford CountyStephens CountyPalo Pinto CountyParker CountyTarrant CountyDallas CountyRockwall CountyKaufman CountyVan Zandt CountySmith CountyGregg CountyTaylor CountyCallahan CountyEastland CountyErath CountyHood CountySomervell CountyJohnson CountyEllis CountyHenderson CountyRusk CountyPanola CountyShelby CountyRunnels CountyColeman CountyBrown CountyComanche CountyHamilton CountyBosque CountyHill CountyNavarro CountyAnderson CountyCherokee CountyNacogdoches CountyConcho CountyMcCulloch CountySan Saba CountyMills CountyLampasas CountyCoryell CountyMcLennan CountyLimestone CountyFreestone CountySan AugustineSabine CountyLeon CountyFalls CountyHouston CountyAngelina CountyNewton CountyJasper CountyTyler CountyPolk CountyTrinity CountyRobertson CountyBell CountyMilam CountyMenard CountyKimble CountyMason CountyLlano CountyBurnet CountyWilliamson CountyMadison CountyBrazos CountyGrimes CountyWalker CountyMontgomery CountySan Jacinto CountyGillespie CountyBurleson CountyBlanco CountyTravis CountyLee CountyHardin CountyOrange CountyJefferson CountyChambers CountyHarris CountyGalveston CountyWashington CountyWaller CountyFort BendBrazoria CountyAustin CountyBastrop CountyFayette CountyColorado CountyWharton CountyMatagorda CountyHays CountyCaldwell CountyLavaca CountyJackson CountyKerr CountyReal CountyBandera CountyKendall CountyComal CountyGuadalupe CountyGonzales CountyDe Witt CountyVictoria CountyCalhoun CountyKinney CountyUvalde CountyMedina CountyBexar CountyMaverick CountyZavala CountyFrio CountyDimmit CountyLa Salle CountyWebb CountyAtascosa CountyWilson CountyKarnes CountyGoliad CountyRefugio CountyAransas CountyMcMullen CountyLive Oak CountyBee CountyDuval CountyJim Wells CountySan Patricio CountyNueces CountyKleberg CountyZapata CountyJim Hogg CountyBrooks CountyKenedy CountyStarr CountyHidalgo CountyWillacy CountyCameron CountyLiberty CountyTexas-county-map.gif

Extinct or Renamed Counties:
  • Buchanan-changed to Stephens
  • Buchel-never organized
  • Davis-changed to Cass
  • Encinal-n. org.-merged in Webb
  • Foley-never organized
  • Harrisburg-changed to Harris
  • La Baca-never organized
  • Miller-changed to Red River
  • Navasota-changed to Brazos
  • Neches-never organized
  • Paschal-never organized
  • Spring Creek-never organized
  • Waco-never organized
  • Wegefarth-never organized

Major Repositories

Dallas Public Central Library · Texas State Library and Archives Commission · Texas Historical Commission · Clayton Library · Texas Heritage Museum · National Archives Southwest Region (Ft. Worth) · Allen County Public Library


Texas County Maps and Atlases

Migration Routes

Colorado River (Texas) · Pecos River · Red River · Rio Grande · Sabine River · Butterfield Overland Mail · Camino Real de los Tejas · Camino Real de Tierra Adentro · Coushatta-Nacogdoches Trace · Jones Plummer Trail · Preston Trail · San Antonio-El Paso Road · Santa Fe Trail · Texas Road · Southern Pacific Railroad · Texas and Pacific Railway

Research Tools

  • The TXGenWeb Project provides county information about formation date, parent county, county seat, bibliography, cemeteries, census, churches, towns, history, look ups, obituaries, queries, repositories and surname registry. Also provides many helpful Texas Internet links.
  • The Portal to Texas History created and maintained by the University of North Texas Libraries' Digital Projects Unit.
  • Texas State Historical Association - Handbook of Texas Online encyclopedia of Texas "history, geography, and culture. It comprises more than 25,000 articles on people, places, events, historical themes, institutions, and a host of other topic categories."[1]
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    San Antonio River.

Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:

Did You Know?

  • County courts have been established in each county and have jurisdiction over major criminal cases, civil matters, and some naturalizations. A judge oversees matters and a county clerk keeps the records. The Family History Library has microfilm copies of county court records from many counties of Texas. From Galveston County, for example, county court minutes are available from 1867 to 1908.
  • 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."

Things you can do

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  1. Texas State Historical Association, "Introduction" in Handbook of Texas Online at http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/about/introduction (accessed 30 October 2010).