Culberson County, Texas Genealogy

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

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County Courthouse

Culberson County Courthouse
PO Box 158
Van Horn, TX 79855-0158
Phone: 915.283.2058 

County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, burial, land, probate
military and court records from 1911[1]

Culberson County has had three courthouses.  The county offices were first located in the Clark Hotel, the only permanent structure in Van Horn when the county was created in 1911.  This temporary courthouse served the county until 1912, when a grand two-story brick courthouse was erected.  The brick courthouse was torn down in the 1960s after the opening of the 1964 courthouse.

Culberson County Courthouse
P. O. Box 158
Van Horn, TX 79855
Culberson County Government Website


The first settlers arrived in 1882.

Parent County

1911--Culberson County was created 10 March 1911 from El Paso County.
County seat: Van Horn [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Kent | Pine Springs | Van Horn

Ghost Towns

Grisham Pumping Station | Levinson | Lobo | Old Christian Place | Ort | Pezuna del Caballo

Neighboring Counties




Churches in Van Horn, Texas

  • Assembly of God Church
    605 La Caverna, P.O. Box 579
    Van Horn, TX 79855, (432) 283-2736
  • Church of Christ
    Maple Street, P.O. Box 26
    Van Horn, TX 79855, (432) 283-2163
  • First Baptist Church
    2nd & Houston, P.O. Box 777
    Van Horn, TX 79855, (432) 283-2010  website
  • First United Methodist Church
    206 W. 4th, P.O. Box 67
    Van Horn, TX 79855, (432) 283-2181
  • Freeway Church of Christ
    607 Desert, P.O. Box 25
    Van Horn, TX 79855, (432) 283-2925
  • Highway 54 Church of Christ
    Highway 54 & 6th Street, P.O. Box 733
    Van Horn, TX 79855, (432) 283-9016
  • Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church
    P.O. Box 398
    Van Horn, TX 79855, (432) 283-2042
  • Primera Iglesia Bautista
    W. 2nd & Crockett, P.O. Box 1417
    Van Horn, TX 79855, (432) 283-2850
  • Seventh Day Adventist Church
    West Desert & Elm
    Van Horn, TX 79855



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


  • El Paso County, 1881 (shows the portion that later became Culberson County), from the Culberson County TXGenWeb site
  • El Paso County, 1900 (shows the portion that later became Culberson County), from the Culberson County TXGenWeb site



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

VanHorn Advocate Newspaper



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

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Culberson 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).