Bosque County, Texas Genealogy

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*[ Bosque County, TX History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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Guide to Bosque County Texas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Bosque County, Texas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Texas
Location of Texas in the U.S.
Founded February 4, 1854
County Seat Meridian
Address Bosque County Courthouse
PO Box 617
Meridian, TX 76665
Phone: 254.435.2201
Bosque County Website


County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1902,
marriage, probate and land record from 1854 and court 
records;  District Clerk has divorce records[1]

Bosque County has had three courthouses. The first, a one-story log cabin built in the center of town was used until a larger frame courthouse was built in 1869. The 1869 courthouse burned in 1871, causing county government to be conducted from a tent until 1875, when the present three-story stone courthouse was completed.



Settled mostly by Norwegians in the western part of the county and Germans in the eastern part of the county.   

Parent County

1854--Bosque County was created 4 February 1854 from Milam and McLennan Counties. County seat: Meridian [2] 

The county was named for the Bosque River, a name deriving from Spanish for "woods"

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1871--The Bosque County Courthouse, built in 1869, burned.


Populated Places

Cities and Towns: Clifton | Cranfills | Iredell | Meridian | Morgan | Valley Mills | Walnut Springs

Neighboring Counties



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

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Family History Library


Names in Stone


Billion Graves

Billion Graves


Cemeteries of Texas

Names in Stone

See Texas Cemeteries for more information.
Additional Cemetery Sources


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.

Bosque County Churches - Past and Present from the Bosque County TXGenWeb site

  • Records of St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Cranfills Gap, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at ($).[3]



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 Bosque 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.

  • Bosque County: Land and People (A History of Bosque County, Texas), 1985, by the Bosque County History Book Committee, includes introductory material about the history and geography of the area, community histories, and family histories with genealogical information. Read the book on line from The Portal to Texas History.
  • Bosquerama, 1854–1954: Centennial Celebration of Bosque County, Texas, 1954 by the Bosque County Centennial Association.
  • A History of Bosque County, 1954 by William C. Pool.
  • Bosque Territory, 1964 by William C. Pool.





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

Newspapers from the Bosque Co TXGenWeb site


Obituaries from the Bosque Co TXGenWeb site


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.


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.

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

Original Birth Records on Microfilm


Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Original Marriage Records on Microfilm


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

Original Death Records on Microfilm


Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bosque County, Texas. Page 659 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. "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,, accessed 10 June 2013.