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County Courthouse

Dallas County Courthouse
500 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75202
Phone: 214.653.7131214.653.7131

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage records from 1846, probate, court and land records;
District Court has divorce[1]

County Clerk

509 Main Street, Ste. 200
Dallas 75202
Phone: 214-653-7099214-653-7099
Fax: 214-653-7176

District Clerk

600 Commerce Street
Dallas 75202
Phone: 214-653-7301214-653-7301



Dallas County, Texas is located in northeastern Texas and includes the city of Dallas and a number of other smaller communities. It was founded in the mid-1800s, and has been known for its fashion, ranching and farming marketplaces.

Parent County

1846--Dallas County was created 30 March 1846 from Robertson and Nacogdoches Counties. County seat: Dallas [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1880--Courthouse interior destroyed by fire. Courthouse was rebuilt adding a third story to the building.[3]

1890--Courthouse destroyed by fire on 7 February 1890.  All records were saved except those of the 44th District Court. [4]


Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Addison, Arcadia Park, Audelia, Balch Springs, Bethard, Bethel, Bobwyn, Bouchard, Buckingham, Carrollton, Cedar Hill, Cedarview, Centerville, Cockrell Hill, Cole, Combine, Coppell, Dallas, Dalrock, De Soto, Duck Creek, Duncanville, Eagle Ford, Estelle, Farmers Branch, Florence Hill, Fruitdale, Garland, Gifford, Glen Heights, Grand Prairie, Grapevine, Gribble, Highland Park, Hutchins, Irving, Kenwood, Kingswood, Kleberg, Lakeland Heights, Lakeview, Lancaster, Lawson, Ledbetter Hills, Lewisville, Liberty Grove, Meaders, Mesquite, Naaman, New Hope, Oak Cliff, Oldham, Ovilla, Patrick, Pleasant Grove, Pleasant Run, Pleasant Valley, Prestonwood, Rawlins, Red Bird Addition, Reinhardt, Richardson, River Oaks, Rose Hill, Rowlett, Rylie, Sachse, Sargent, Scyene, Seagoville, Shady Grove, Shamrock, Shiloh, Sowers, Sunnyvale, Trinity Mills, Tripp, University Park, Urbandale, Village, Westwood Park, White Rock, Wilmer, Woodland Hills, Wylie, Zacha Junction

Neighboring Counties

Collin  • Denton  • Ellis  • Kaufman  • Rockwall  • Tarrant

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African American


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

Online Grave Transcripts  Published Grave Transcripts  County Cemetery Directories


Family History Library  Findagrave.com


WorldCat   Names in Stone 


Billion Graves  

Billion Graves


Cemeteries of Texas

Names in Stone

See Texas Cemeteries for more information.
Additional Cemetery Sources

Anderson Family Cemetery | Antioch Cemetery | Balch Springs Cemetery | Bear Creek Cemetery | Beatty Family Cemetery | Beeman Memorial Cemetery | Bennett Family Cemetery (inside Laurel Oaks Cemetery) | Big "A" Cemetery Find a Grave |  Big "A" Cemetery BillionGraves | Big Springs Cemetery US Genweb | Big Springs Cemeetery BillionGraves [  | Blewett Cemetery | Bowens Cemetery | Brickyard Community Cemetery | Brookhaven Cemetery | Bullock Cemetry | Calvary Cemetery | Calvary Hill Cemetery | Cameron Cemetery | Cartwright Cemetery | Caruth Pioneer Cemetery | Abraham Carver Cemetery | Albert Carver Family Cemetery | Carver Memorial Park | T. Carver Cemetery | Catholic Cemetery | Catlett Cemetery | Cedarlawn Memorial Park | Chapman Cemetery | Chenault Family Cemetery | Coats Cemetery | Cochran Chapel Cemetery | Cockrell Cemetery | Collins-Chenault Cemetery | Confederate Cemetery, | Cottonwood Cemetery | Coventry Cemetery |Cox Cemetery | Crawford's Tornado Graveyard | Crow Family Cemetery | Crown Hill Memorial Park | Cumby/Webster/Bailey Family Cemetery | Curtis Family Cemetery | Dallas City Cemetery / City Paupers' Cemetery A-L, M-Z  | Daniel Cemetery | DeSoto Cemetery | Dowdy Ferry Road Cemetery | Eagle Ford Cemetery | Edgewood Cemetery | Elam Family Cemetery | Emanu-El Cemetery | Farmers Branch/Keenan Cemetery | Ferris Cemetery | Fields Cemetery | Fish Trap Cemetery / La Reunion Cemetery | Five Mile Cemetery (Ledbetter & allied families) | Five Mile Cemetery | Florence Family Cemetery | Floyd Pioneer Cemetery | Floyd-Taylor Family Cemetery | Forest Lawn Cemetery | Freedman's Memorial Park Cemetery | Frost Cemetery | Fuget Cemetery | Garland Cemetery | Garland Memorial Cemetery | Garland Cemetery (Masonic Section) | Garvin Memorial Cemetery | Glen Oak Memorial Cemetery | Glenn Family Cemetery | Glover Cemetery | Grand Prairie Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum | Gravel Slough Cemetery | Greenwood Cemetery | Grove Hill Memorial Park | Haley Memorial Cemetery  | Harrington Cemetery | Haught Cemetery (Slap Foot) | Heath Family Cemetery | Hebrew Cemetery | Holy Redeemer Catholic Cemetery | Homecoming Cemetery | Honey Springs Cemetery | Horton Cemetery | Housley Cemetery | Hustead Cemetery | Hutchins Memorial Cemetery | IOOF Cemetery | Jones-McShan Cemetery | Jordan/Hight Cemetery | Kinnard Family Cemetery | Kleberg Cemetery | Knights of Pythias Cemetery | La Reunion Cemetery / Fish Trap Cemetery | Lagow Cemetery | Laudermilk/Axe Cemetery | Laurel Land Memorial Park | Laurel Oaks Memorial Park | Ledbetter Family Cemetery | Lee Cemetery | Letot Cemetery | Lisbon Cemetery | Little Bethel Memorial Park | Long Creek Cemetery | Loving Family Cemetery | Lumley Cemetery | Lyons Cemetery | Marsh Cemetery | McCree Cemetery (Rootsweb) McCree Cemetery (BillionGraves) | McKinney Family Cemetery | Merrell Cemetery | Merrifield Cemetery | Mesquite City Cemetery | Miller Cemetery | Mills Cemetery | Mobley Cemetery | Mooneyham-Sparkman Family Cemetery | Motley Cemetery | Mount Auburn Cemetery | Mount Calvary Cemetery | Myers Family Cemetery | New Hope Cemetery | Northhaven Park Cemetery | Oak Cliff Cemetery | Oak Grove Memorial Park | Old Letot Cemetery | Old Oak Cliff Cemetery | Oakland Cemetery (DGS Search) | Oakland Cemetery (Findagrave) | Oakland Cemetery (BillionGraves) | Overton Family Cemetery | Parrish Cemetery | Patrick-Pruitt Cemetery | Pioneer Park Cemetery | Pleasant Mound Cemetery | Pleasant Valley Cemetery | Porter Cemetery | Potter Cemetery | Pruitt Cemetery | Ramsey Cemetery, Rawlins Cemetery,Restland_Memorial_Park, Rhodes Cemetery | Riley Cemetery A-H, I-Z | Roselawn Memorial Gardens | Rowlett Cemetery | Sachse Cemetery Cemeteries of Texas | Sachse Cemetery BillionGraves | Sacred Heart Cemetery | Saint Joseph's Cemetery, Samuell/Crawford Memorial Park | Scott Family Cemetery | Shady Grove Cemetery | Shearith Israel Cemetery | Slapfoot (Haught) Cemetery | Smith Cemetery | Snyder-Kennedy Family Cemetery | Sowers Cemetery | Sparkman-Hillcrest Memorial Park | Southland Cemetery | Stadden Cemetery | Tarver Family Cemetery | Temple Emanu-El Cemetery | Tennessee Cemetery | Tompkins Family Cemetery | Trees Cemetery | Trinity Cemetery | Vincent Cemetery | Webb Chapel Cemetery | Wentworth Family Cemetery | Western Heights Cemetery | Wheatland Cemetery | White Rock Garden of Memories Cemetery | Woodland Cemetery 


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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Dallas
  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Dallas County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).[5]


Dallas County was organized in 1846.The first court established for civil matters was the 14th District Court. Additional courts have been established: 14th, 44th, 68th, 95th, 101st, 116th, 134th, 160th, 162nd, 191st, 192nd, 193rd, and 298th.  Records for the first five civil courts have been microfilmed


Land Records

Land records have been microfilmed and are only available on the second floor of the Records Building, 501 Main Street in downtown Dallas.

The following land records are available in the Genealogy Section of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library.

  • Dallas County Deeds – 1846–1899, Grantor and Grantee Index -  112 rolls microfilm
  • Texas General Land Office – Abstracts of all original land titles comprising Texas land titles to Aug 31, 1845 - 8 rolls microfilm and 76 microfiche
  • Abstracts of original titles of record in the General Land Office, Texas General Land Office ( 333.3 T355A)
  • "A Cross File of Grantors and Grantees of Town Property of Dallas 1846–1856," abstracted in the DGS publication The Quarterly (March 1966)

Naturalization and Citizenship

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Dallas 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.




Civil War

Regiments. Service men in Dallas County, Texas Genealogy served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies that were specifically formed in Dallas County, Texas Genealogy:


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


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.

Online Probate Records

  • Probate packets have been indexed from 1846 - 1906.  The index and packets are available through the Family History Library and Family History Centers, with films beginning with 1266753.


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.

  • Dallas County Tax Rolls, 1846-1896 are available through the Family History Library and Family History Centers on films 2282008-2282009 and 2282160-2282163. 
  • Dallas County Tax Lists from 1846 are also available online at www.FamilySearch.org.  Some of the documents are difficult to read due to dark documents and faded ink.
  • 1846-1847: Courtesy of Dallas Genealogical Society

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.


Online Birth Indexes and Records


Online Marriage Indexes and Records


Online Death Indexes and Records

  • Texas divorces were originally handled by the Texas Congress from 1837 to 1841.  District courts began to handle divorces in 1841.  Abstracts of the 14th District Court (Dallas County) Minute Book A are available on the Dallas Genealogical Society Web site.
  • Texas Divorce Records 1966-2006 (index) - Hidden Ancestors
  • Dallas County District Court Civil Case Papers have been microfilmed. They are available on the 7th floor Texas/Dallas History Dept. of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, through interlibrary loan from the Texas State Library and Archives or through a local Family History Center. These are in order by case number, but there is an index. Check the TSL information for a description.
  • Texas Divorce Index, 1968-2002 available online from Ancestry.com ($).  The Dallas Public Library has a library account to Ancestry.com which may be searched for free in the 8th floor Genealogy Department of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library. The Dallas Public Library also has the divorce index on microfiche.
  • Divorces, Dallas County, TX, 1846–1905, abstracted by Jim Monaghan (929.37642 M734D), is also available at the Dallas Public Library.
  • 1968-2010 Texas Divorce Index 1968-2010 at FamilySearch.org — index
  • 1968 - 2011 Texas Divorces 1968-2011 at Ancestry.com — index $

Societies and Libraries

Dallas Historical Society
P.O. Box 150038
Dallas 75315

Dallas Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 12648
Dallas 75225-0648

Dallas County East Genealogical Society
7637 Mary Dan Drive
Dallas, Texas 75217

Dallas Jewish Historical Society
7900 Northaven Road
Dallas TX 75230

Duncanville Genealogical Society
PO Box 381147
Duncanville TX 75138

Grand Prairie Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 532026
Grand Prairie, Texas 75053

The Grand Prairie Genealogical Society covers parts of the City in two counties. About 2/3 of Grand Prairie are in Dallas County with the remaining 1/3 in Tarrant County. However, this is based on modern boundaries. Before WW II (when Grand Prairie boomed due to, among other things, moving a major avaition plant from Connecticut to Texas) all of Grand Prairie was in Dallas County. As far as I know, GP is not one of the cities in Dallas County that was allowed to record its own vital events. 

Hispanic Organization for Genealogy & Research
PO Box 497891
Garland TX 75049-7891

Irving Genealogical Society
PO Box 170881
Irving TX 75017-0881

Lancaster Genealogical Society
220 Main Street, Lancaster
Texas 75146

Mesquite Genealogical Society
PO Box 850165
Mesquite TX 75185-0165

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Dallas County, Texas. Page 662 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. GenDisasters.com Dallas, TX Courthouse Fire, Feb 1890 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/10185/dallas-tx-courthouse-fire-feb-1890
  4. GenDisasters.com Dallas, TX Courthouse Fire, Feb 1890 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/10185/dallas-tx-courthouse-fire-feb-1890
  5. "Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: An Inventory of Selected Congregational Records of the American Lutheran Church in Minnesota at the Minnesota Historical Society," Collection Finding Aids, Minnesota Historical Society, http://www.mnhs.org/library/findaids/01009.xml, accessed 10 June 2013.
Red Book: American State, County, and Town Records, Third Edition (Edited by Alice Eichhotz, Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004)


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