Difference between revisions of "Wichita County, Texas Genealogy"
(added newspaper intro)
(added tax intro)
|Line 125:||Line 125:|
==== Taxation ====
==== Vital Records ====
==== Vital Records ====
Revision as of 17:25, 1 April 2013
Guide to Wichita County Texas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Wichita County, Texas|
Location in the state of Texas
Location of Texas in the U.S.
|Founded||February 1, 1858|
|County Seat||Wichita Falls|
- 1 County Courthouse
- 2 History
- 3 Places / Localities
- 4 Resources
- 5 Societies and Libraries
- 6 Web Sites
- 7 References
Wichita County Courthouse
900 7th Street PO Box 1679
Wichita Falls, TX 76307-1679
County Clerk has has incomplete birth records from 1890,
incomplete death records from 1900, marriage, probate
and land records from 1882; District Clerk has divorce and
The first white settler arrived in 1856.
1858--Wichita County was created 1 February 1858 Fannin Land District. County seat: Wichita Falls 
Places / Localities
- Beaver Creek Cemetery ~ USGenWeb Archives Project
- Burkburnett Memorial Cemetery ~ USGenWeb Archives Project
- Clara Cemetery ~ USGenWeb Archives Project
- Evert Cemetery ~ USGenWeb Archives Project
- Highland Memorial Garden/Hilltop Cemetery ~ USGenWeb Archives Project
- Journey's End Cemetery ~ USGenWeb Archives Project
- Mt. Carmel Cemetery ~ USGenWeb Archives Project
- Old Elektra and Dick Sparks Cemetery ~ USGenWeb Archives Project
- Riverside Cemetery ~ USGenWeb Archives Project
- Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery ~ USGenWeb Archives Project
- Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Wichita Falls BillionGraves
- Tombstone Transcription Project ~ Partial transcription of cemetery tombstones ~ USGenWeb
- Texas Historic Cemeteries ~ Partial indexes to historic cemeteries
- African American Cemeteries Online ~ Partial index/transcriptions of African American cemeteries
- Texas Escapes Listing of Texas cemeteries with transcriptions and lots of pictures.
LDS Ward and Branch Records
Original Land Owners of Texas ~ USGenWeb Archives Project
Local histories are available for Wichita 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.
- 1904 Wichita Falls Graduates ~ USGenWeb Archives Project
- 1907 Wichita Falls Graduates ~ USGenWeb Archives Project
- 1916 Coyote, Wichita Falls High School ~ USGenWeb Archives Project
- 1927 Coyote, Wichita Falls High School ~ USGenWeb Archives Project
- 1932 Coyote, Wichita Falls High School ~ USGenWeb Archives Project
- 1939 Coyote, Wichita Falls High School ~ USGenWeb Archives Project
- Col. James Home to be Torn Down 1920 ~ USGenWeb Archives Project
- Texas Museums ~ List of all museums in Texas ~ Hidden Ancestors
- Historical Maps ~ From the Republic to the Turn of the Century ~ Hidden Ancestors
- Texas Counties Map. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site
- Confederate Pension Applications List ~ USGenWeb Archives Project
- 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
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Wichita 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
- 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
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.
- Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records ~ Ancestry.com (subscription)
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.
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.
See Texas Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Texas.
- Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998 [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
- Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]
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.
- Texas Marriage Records 1966 - 2005 ~ Hidden Ancestors
- Texas Divorce Records 1968 - 2005 ~ Hidden Ancestors
- USGenWeb Census Project ~ Texas 1850 - 1930
Societies and Libraries
Electra Public Library
401 N Waggoner St
Electra, TX 76360
Phone: (940) 495-2208
Tom Burnett Memorial Library
400 W Alameda St
Iowa Park, TX 76367
Phone: (940) 592-4981
Wichita Falls Public Library
600 11th St
Wichita Falls, TX 76301
Phone: (940) 767-0868
215 E 4th St
Burkburnett, TX 76354
Phone: (940) 569-2991
Family History Centers
Society Hill ~ Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies
- Wichita County ~ TXGenWeb
- TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.
- Hidden Ancestors Information on Texas genealogy research as well as genealogy research in general.
- USGenWeb Texas Archives Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.
- Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wichita County, Texas. Page 676 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).