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Guide to Winkler County Texas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Winkler County's civil records start the following years:

Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1910  1910    1890  1911  1910 

County Courthouse

Winkler County Courthouse
PO Box 1007
Kermit, TX 79745-4236
Phone: 915.586.3401 

County Clerk has birth records from 1919,
death and probate records from 1912,
mariage and court records from 1911
and land  records from 1887; District Clerk
has divorce records[1]


The first post office was established at Hay Flat in 1908.

Parent County

1887--Winkler County was created 26 February 1887 from Tom Green County. County seat: Kermit [2]

It was named for Confederate Col. Clinton M. Winkler

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Kermit  (named after Theodore Roosevelt's son)


Monahans (most in Ward County)

Neighboring Counties



Winkler County TXGenWeb - List of Cemeteries in Winkler County along with transcriptions


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1890 18
1900 60 233.3%
1910 442 636.7%
1920 81 −81.7%
1930 6,784 8275.3%
1940 6,141 −9.5%
1950 10,064 63.9%
1960 13,652 35.7%
1970 9,640 −29.4%
1980 9,944 3.2%
1990 8,626 −13.3%
2000 7,173 −16.8%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.

Winkler County, Texas Cemeteries

Kermit Cemetery – Transcription with grave locations. USGenWeb Archives Project




Local Histories

Local histories are available for Winkler 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.


Texas Counties Map. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site

Google satellite map of Winkler County



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

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


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.


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

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

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Winkler County, Texas. Page 676 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).