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Access the records: Texas, Concho County Records, 1849-2008 .
The collection consists of records from Concho County, Texas, including deeds, deeds of trust, Probate Court minutes, and Probate Court case files. This collection is being published as images become available.
The records cover the years 1849 to 2008.
Soon after they were formed, counties began recording vital records, court records, and land transactions. The records are generally well preserved.
The records were made to establish legal rights and to help track the population for health and taxation purposes.
The information is generally reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant. Some transcription errors may have occurred.
For a list of records by categories and dates currently published in this collection, select the Browse link from the collection landing page.
The records generally include the following information:
- Date of the event, transaction, or recording with the county
- Names of individual, witnesses, family members, sometimes neighbors
- Signature or mark
- Legal descriptions of land
- Amount of money exchanged as part of business transactions
How to Use the Record
To begin your search it is helpful to know the following:
- The type of event
- The place where the event occurred
- The approximate date the event occurred
- The name of the individual or individuals such as the names of the bride and groom, the infant, the deceased, or grantor and grantees
Search the Collection
To search the collection
⇒Select the "Browse" link in the initial search page
⇒Select the "Record Category"
⇒Select the "Record Type, Volume, and Year Range" category which takes you to the images
Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine which one is your ancestor. You may need to compare the information about more than one person to make this determination.
As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.
Using the Information
When you have located your ancestor’s record, carefully evaluate each piece of information given. These pieces of information may give you new biographical details that can lead you to other records about your ancestors. Add this new information to your records of each family. For example:
- Use the age to calculate a birth date.
- Use the names, ages, residence church and census records.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- Occupations listed can lead you to other types of records such as employment or military records.
- The name of the officiator at a christening, marriage, or burial may be a clue to their religion or area of residence in the county.
- Compile the entries for every person who has the same surname as the bride or groom; this is especially helpful in rural areas or if the surname is unusual.
- Continue to search the records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have been born, married, or died in the same county or nearby. This can help you identify other generations of your family or even the second marriage of a parent. Repeat this process for each new generation you identify.
- When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
- The information in the records is usually reliable, but depends upon the reliability of the informant.
- Earlier records may not contain as much information.
- There is also some variation in the information given from one record to another record.
Unable to Find Your Ancestor?
- Look for variant spellings of the names. You should also look for nicknames and abbreviated names.
- Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. Local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
- Search the indexes and records of nearby counties.
For a summary of this information along with additional research suggestions based on record types see the wiki article: United States, How to Use the Records Summary (FamilySearch Historical Records).
|FHL Place United States, Texas, Concho items or FHL Keyword Texas, Concho items in the FamilySearch Library Catalog. For other libraries (local and national) or to gain access to items of interest, see Texas Archives and Libraries.|
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The following citation refers to the original source of the information published in FamilySearch.org Historical Record collections. Sources include the author, custodian, publisher and archive for the original records.
- "Texas, Concho County Records, 1849-2008" Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Concho County Clerk Office, Paint Rock.
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