Callahan County, Texas Genealogy

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Guide to Callahan County Texas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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County Courthouse

Callahan County Courthouse
400 Market Street
Baird, Texas 79504-5305
Phone: 915.854.1217

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage, probate, and land records from 1877;
District Clerk has divorce and court records[1]

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Cities, Towns and Communities: | Admiral | Atwell | Baird | Clyde | Cottonwood | Cross Plains | Denton Valley | Eula | Oplin | Putnam | Rowden

Neighboring Counties






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 Callahan 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.

  • Early Days in Callahan County, 1966, by Brutus Clay Christman.
  • I Remember Callahan, 1986 Callahan County Historical Commission.
    Order from: Georgia Yawn, Chairman
    100 West 4th Street, Suite 100
    Baird, Texas 79504
    Name index toI Remember Callahan from the Callahan County Homepage.
  • Belle Plain, Texas: The Ghost Town in Callahan, 1972 by Thomas Robert Havins
  • Cottonwood's My Home: Recipes, Memories, History, 2007, Cottonwood Historical Association. Also, Supplement to Cottonwood's My Home, and Cottonwood's My Home: Vol. 2.  Cottonwood History, Family Histories, Recipes, Old Photographs. 
  • Cross Plains Remembered : Photos, Memories & A Little Bit of Everything Else, 2011, Cross Plains Remembered, Volume 2, 2012 and Cross Plains Remembered, Volume 3, 2012 by the Barbarian Festival Committee. 352 pages each.  Available at the Cross Plains Library.
  • Footsteps of Approaching Thousands, a History of the Early Days of Cross Plains, 2011 by Ann Beeler. Available from the Cross Plains Library.
  • Crossties to Callahan: The Family of Alfred Dayton Williams, 1981, by J. D. Williams.
  • The Hills of Home, 1949 by John Berry.  Story of the author's growing up in Clyde, Texas.
  • Nubbin Ridge: My Boyhood on a Texas Farm, 1960 by Lewis Nordyke.  Story of Nordyke's growing up in the Cottonwood/Turkey Creek area in the 1910s-1920s.
  • Texas Museums List of all museums in Texas  ~  Hidden Ancestors




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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.

Societies and Libraries

  • Callahan County Public Library & Pioneer Museum
    Courthouse, 100 W 4th B1
    Baird, TX 79504-5305
  • Clyde Public Library
    121 Oak St.
    Clyde, TX 75910
  • Cross Plains Public Library
    149 N Main St.
    P.O. Box 333
    Cross Plains, TX 76443
    Hours: 1-5 p.m., Monday-Friday

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Callahan County, Texas. Page 660 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.

Callahan County; 400 Market St; Baird, TX 79504-5305; Ph. 915.854.1217 Details: (Co Clk has b & d rec from 1903, m, pro & land rec form 1877; Dis Clk has div & ct rec)