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Anderson County, Texas genealogy and family history research page. Guide to Anderson County genealogy, history, and courthouse sources including birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, wills, deeds and land records, Civil War records, Revolutionary War records, family histories, cemeteries, churches, tax records.

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Anderson County, Texas
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Facts
Founded March 24, 1846
County Seat Palestine
Courthouse
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Address 500 N. Church Street,
#10, Palestine, TX 75801
Named for: Kenneth L. Anderson, congressman and vice president of the Republic of Texas
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Contents

Introduction

Anderson County is in east Texas between the Trinity and Neches rivers. Palestine is the largest town and the county seat. Palestine is about 100 miles southeast of Dallas and about 150 miles north of Houston.[1]

Beginner Helps

Beginner's Corner
The Beginner’s Corner links to information that will help you get started researching your ancestors. Choose from one of the following:
I want to find a birth, christening or baptism
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Beginning Record Dates

Beginning Dates for FamilySearchWiki:WikiProject United States Civil War/Sandbox:cw52637 Government Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1853 1774 1853 1800 1632 1632


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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 Records
Death Records
  • 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.
Divorce Records
Marriage Records



Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1850 2,684
1860 10,398 287.4%
1870 9,229 −11.2%
1880 17,395 88.5%
1890 20,923 20.3%
1900 28,015 33.9%
1910 29,650 5.8%
1920 34,318 15.7%
1930 34,643 0.9%
1940 37,092 7.1%
1950 31,875 −14.1%
1960 28,162 −11.6%
1970 27,789 −1.3%
1980 38,381 38.1%
1980 38,381 0.0%
1990 48,024 25.1%
2000 55,109 14.8%
2010 58,458 6.1%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.


















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

Epodunk

Cemeteries of Texas



Names in Stone



See Texas Cemeteries for more information.
Additional Cemetery Databases

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.

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.


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County Courthouse


Anderson County Courthouse
500 N Church Street
Palestine, TX 75801-3024
Phone: 903.723.7432 

District Clerk has divorce records; County Clerk
has birth and death records from 1903, marriage,
probate and land records from 1846 and court records;
cities have birth and death records from 1953[2]


African American Resources

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

Local Histories

Local histories are available for FamilySearchWiki:WikiProject United States Civil War/Sandbox:cw52637. 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.

Maps

Military

  • 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

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as FamilySearchWiki:WikiProject United States Civil War/Sandbox:cw52637 newspapers in online catalogs like:

Off-line Newspaper Information

Online Newspapers

Online Newspaper Abstracts

Newspaper Extracts and Abstracts in Book Form

Obituaries

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.

Societies and Libraries

Palestine Public Library
2000 S. Loop 256
Palestine, TX 75801
Phone: (903) 729-4121
Website

Frankston Depot Library
Town Square S
Frankston, TX 75763
Phone: (903) 876-4463

Society Hill  ~  Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies

Family History Centers

History

History

Parent County

1846--Anderson County was created 24 March 1846 from Houston County. County seat: Palestine [3]

The county was named for Kenneth L. Anderson, congressman and vice president of the Republic of Texas.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

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Boyes Hammond

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Web Sites

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References

  1. Texas State Historical Society, Anderson County, (accessed 8 May 2013).
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Anderson County, Texas. Page 658 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).

 

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