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

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County Courthouse

Ector County Courthouse
300 N Grant Avenue;
Odessa, TX 79761
Phone: 915.335.3030

County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, burial, probate, court
and land records from 1896; District Clerk has divorce records[1]

Ector County has had two courthouses.  The old red brick courthouse, built in 1904, was torn down in 1938, when the new Art Deco style courthouse opened.  In 1964 a new courthouse was built around the 1938 courthouse, changing the look of the courthouse.

Inventory of County Records, Ector County Courthouse, 1973, edited by Carolyn Trigg. Read the book online at The Portal to Texas History.


Parent County

1887--Ector County was created 26 February 1887 from Tom Green County. County seat: Odessa [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Gardendale | Goldsmith | Notrees | Odessa (partly in Midland county) | Penwell | Pleasant Farms | West Odessa

Neighboring Counties






Local Histories

Local histories are available for Ector 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.






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), Ector County, Texas. Page 663 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).


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