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County Courthouse

Bell County Courthouse
550 E 2nd Street PO Box 480
Belton, TX 76513
Phone: 254.933.5174 

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage, probate and land records from 1850,
military records and school census; Clerk District Court
has divorce records from 1850, court and naturalization
records[1]

Quick History

Settled, abandoned and resettled several times due to Indian troubles.
Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Bell_County,_Texas


Parent County

22 January 1850: Bell County was created from Milam County. [1]

The county was named for Peter H. Bell, (1812-1898). Peter Hansborough Bell, governor of Texas, was born on May 12, 1812, in Spotsylvania County, Virginia. He engaged in business in Petersburg until he left Virginia to fight for the independence of Texas.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1891--The treasurer's office of the Bell County Courthouse caught fire, March 15, 1891.  Probably arson. No record loss. [2]

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Cities

Bartlett | Belton | Copperas Cove | Harker Heights | Killeen | Little River-Academy | Morgan's Point Resort | Nolanville | Temple | Troy

Towns

Holland | Rogers

Village

Salado

Military

Fort Hood

Unincorporated Communties

Cyclone | Ding Dong | Heidenheimer | Pendleton | White Hall

Neighboring Counties

Burnet | Coryell | Falls | Lampasas | McLennan | Milam | Williamson

Resources

Cemeteries


Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18604,799
18709,771103.6%
188020,518110.0%
189033,37762.7%
190045,53536.4%
191049,1868.0%
192046,412−5.6%
193050,0307.8%
194044,863−10.3%
195073,82464.6%
196094,09727.5%
1970124,48332.3%
1980157,88926.8%
1990191,08821.0%
2000237,97424.5%
2010310,23530.4%
Est. 2011315,19632.4%

Church

Court

Land

==== Local Histories ====Local histories are available for Bell 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.

Maps

Military

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Bell County, Texas Genealogy 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

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.

  • 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

== Societies and Libraries  == ==== Family History Centers
==== Lena Armstrong Public Library (City of Belton)
http://www.ci.belton.tx.us/index.aspx?nid=71
kkroll@ci.belton.tx.us
301 E. 1st Avenue
Belton, Texas 76513 [ MAP ]
(254) 933-5830
(254) 933-5831 fax Harker Heights Public Library
http://www.ci.harker-heights.tx.us/default.aspx?name=lib.welcome
400 Indian Trail
Harker Heights, TX 76548 [ MAP ]
254-953-5491 Killeen Family History Library
(The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
1410 S 2nd St
Killeen, Bell, TX 76541 [ MAP ]
Phone: 254-526-2918

Killeen Public Library
http://www.ci.killeen.tx.us/index.php?section=71
205 E. Church Ave
Killeen, Texas 76541 [ MAP ]
(254) 501-8990

Temple Public Library
http://www.youseemore.com/TemplePL/default.asp
100 West Adams Ave
Temple TX 76501 [ MAP ]
Circulation Desk: (254) 298-5556
Reference Desk: (254) 298-5702 Temple College
Hubert M. Dawson Library
library@templejc.edu
http://www.templejc.edu/library/library.html
2600 South First Street
Temple, Texas 76504 [ MAP ]
(254) 298-8426
or (800)460-4636 ext 8426 (Texas only) University of Mary Hardin Baylor
Townsend Memorial Library
900 College St
Belton, TX 76513 [ MAP ]
http://umhblib.umhb.edu/
library@umhb.edu
(254) 295-4637 *Introduction to LDS Family History Centers

Societies

Bell County Historical Commission
http://www.bellcountytx.com/Historical/index.htm
PO Box 712
Belton TX 76513-0712
(254) 933-5917
hist.comm@co.bell.tx.us
Office is in the restored Bell County Courthouse (Belton)

Central Texas Genealogical Society
http://ctgs.org/
West Waco Library and Genealogy Center
5301 Bosque Blvd Suite 275
Waco, Texas 76710 [ MAP ]
Email: ctgs@ctgs.org


East Bell County Genealogical Society
http://www.rootsweb.com/~txebcgs/
P.O. Box 1493
Temple, TX 76503
Meeting Location: Temple Public Library (McLane Room)

Salado Historical Society
http://www.saladohistoricalsociety.com/
Salado Historical Society
PO Box 251
Salado, Texas, 76571

Sons of the American Revolution
Heart of Texas Chapter
http://www.rootsweb.com/~txhotsar/

Sons of Confederate Veterans
Major Robert M. White Camp #1250
http://www.scvtemple.com
Location: Cotton Patch Cafe, Temple Mall

Web Sites

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bell County, Texas. Page 659 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. GenDisasters.com Belton, TX Courthouse Fire, Mar 1891 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/7346/belton-tx-courthouse-fire-mar-1891

 

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