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Harrison County, Texas
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Founded January 28, 1839
County Seat Marshall
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County Courthouse

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Harrison County Courthouse 
PO Box 1365
Marshall, Texas 75671
Phone: 903.935.4858

County Clerk has birth and death
records from 1903, marriage, land
and probate records from 1800[1]

History

Harrison County is named for Jonas Harrison, a lawyer and Texas revolutionary.

Parent County

1839--Harrison County was created 28 January 1839 from Shelby County. County seat: Marshall [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Elysian Fields (unincorporated)
Gill (unincorporated)
Hallsville
Harleton (unincorporated)
Jonesville (unincorporated)
Karnack (unincorporated)
Latex (unincorporated)
Longview (partially in county)
Marshall
Nesbitt
Scottsville
Uncertain
Waskom
Woodlawn (unincorporated)

Neighboring Counties

Resources

African American

Cemeteries

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Findagrave.com

Family History Library

Findagrave.com

Interment.net

WorldCat

Names in Stone

USGenWeb


Billion Graves

Billion Graves


Cemeteries of Texas



Names in Stone



See Texas Cemeteries for more information.
Additional Cemetery Sources


Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
185011,822
186015,00126.9%
187013,241−11.7%
188025,17790.1%
189026,7216.1%
190031,87819.3%
191037,24316.8%
192043,56517.0%
193048,93712.3%
194050,9004.0%
195047,745−6.2%
196045,594−4.5%
197044,841−1.7%
198052,26516.6%
199057,48310.0%
200062,1108.0%
Est. 200964,7954.3%
U.S. Census Bureau[3] Texas Almanac[4]

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 Harrison County, Texas. 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 Museums  ~  List of all museums in Texas  ~  Hidden Ancestors

Maps

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  •  Texas Land Survey Maps (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
  • Texas Counties Map. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site
  • 1914 Map of Angelina, Gregg, Harrison, Cherokee, Houston, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rusk, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith & Trinity at www.rootsweb.com

Military

Newspapers

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

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.

Texas County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910 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. United States Vital Records has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. See Texas Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Texas or How to order Texas Vital Records


A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health, the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred, ordered electronically online or download an application for Texas Birth and Death Certificate, Marriage or Divorce Verification Application to mail.

Birth

Online Birth Indexes and Records


Original Birth Records on Microfilm

Marriage

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Original Marriage Records on Microfilm

Death

Online Death Indexes and Records

Original Death Records on Microfilm


Divorce

Societies and Libraries

Marshall Public Library
300 S Alamo Blvd
Marshall, TX 75670
Phone: (903) 935-4465
Website


Waskom Public Library
103 Waskom Ave
Waskom, TX 75692
Phone: (903) 687-3041
Website

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Harrison County, Texas. Page 665 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).
  3. http://www.factfinder.census.gov
  4. http://www.texasalmanac.com/population/population-counties-history.pdf

 

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