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County Courthouse

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Limestone County Courthouse
200 West State Street PO Box 350
Groesbeck, Texas 76642
Phone: 254.729.5504

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903, marriage records from 1873, probate records from 1880’s, land records from late 1800’s, court records from 1900’s and military records from 1920’s; Distric Clerk has divorce
records[1]

History

Parent County

1846--Limestone County was created 11 April 1846 from Robertson County. County seat: Springfield 1846-1873; Groesbeck 1873-present.[2][3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1873--Limestone County Courthouse at Springfield and most county records were destroyed by fire in October 1873.

1891--Limestone County Courthouse at Groesbeck destroyed by fire on February 1, 1891.  Records were stored in vaults and were not lost. [4]

1954--The Old Limestone County Courthouse, built in 1891, was destroyed by fire in May 1954. It had not been used as a courthouse since 1924, when the current courthouse was built.[5]

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Cities and Towns: Groesbeck | Mexia | Coolidge | Fair Oaks | Kosse | Tehuacana | Thornton

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information. 


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.

Church

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death/burial date and place. For general information about Texas denominations, view the Texas Church Records wiki page.

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 Limestone 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.

  • A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas, 1883. Digital book on line from the Portal to Texas History.

Maps

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Military

Newspapers

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

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

  • 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 Death Index 1964 to 1998 [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.

Original Death Records on Microfilm

Divorce

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Limestone County, Texas. Page 669 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. Limestone County: Handbook of Texas Online http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcl09
  4. GenDisasters.com - Groesbeck, TX Courthouse Fire, Feb 1891 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/7310/groesbeck-tx-courthouse-fire-feb-1891
  5. GenDisasters.com - Groesbeck, TX Old Courthouse Fire, May 1954 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/17517/groesbeck-tx-old-courthouse-fire-may-1954

 

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