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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties E|Counties E]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Edwards County'' <br>  
  
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Guide to '''Edwards County Texas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
The towns of Bullhead (now called Vance), 1883-1884, and Leakey, 1884-1891, both served as county seats for Edwards County. In 1891, Rock Springs (now Rocksprings) became the county seat. Bullhead and Leakey are both in the portion of Edwards County that became [[Real County, Texas|Real]] County in 1913. Leakey became the county seat of Real County.<ref>HistoricTexas.net: Edwards County http://www3.historictexas.net/edwards-county-texas</ref><br>
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[http://www.edwardscountytexas.us/ Edwards County Courthouse]<br>PO Box 184<br>Rocksprings, TX 78880-0184<br>Phone: 830.683.2235
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County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,<br>marriage, divorce, probate, court and land records from 1884<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Edwards County, Texas. Page 663 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref> <br>
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The towns of Bullhead (now called Vance), 1883-1884, and Leakey, 1884-1891, both served as county seats for Edwards County. In 1891, Rock Springs (now Rocksprings) became the county seat. Bullhead and Leakey are both in the portion of Edwards County that became [[Real County, Texas|Real]] County in 1913. Leakey became the county seat of Real County.<ref>HistoricTexas.net: Edwards County http://www3.historictexas.net/edwards-county-texas</ref><br>  
  
The current Edwards County courthouse was built in 1891. In 1898 it was destroyed by fire, with only the outer walls remaining. The building was rebuilt. In 1927, a tornado swept through Rocksprings killing 70 people and destroying much of the town.<ref>Rock Springs, Texas Tornado, Apr 1927 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/9040/rock-springs-tx-tornado-apr-1927</ref> The roof of the courthouse was damaged. The courthouse served as a refuge for the tornado victims.<br>
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The current Edwards County courthouse was built in 1891. In 1898 it was destroyed by fire, with only the outer walls remaining. The building was rebuilt. In 1927, a tornado swept through Rocksprings killing 70 people and destroying much of the town.<ref>Rock Springs, Texas Tornado, Apr 1927 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/9040/rock-springs-tx-tornado-apr-1927</ref> The roof of the courthouse was damaged. The courthouse served as a refuge for the tornado victims.<br>  
  
 
Edward County Courthouse<br>County Clerk - Sandra Henry<br>P. O. Box 184<br>Rocksprings, Texas 78880 <br>(830)683-2235  
 
Edward County Courthouse<br>County Clerk - Sandra Henry<br>P. O. Box 184<br>Rocksprings, Texas 78880 <br>(830)683-2235  
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==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
  
Barksdale | Carta Valley | Rocksprings<br>
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Barksdale | Carta Valley | Rocksprings<br>  
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txedwards/EdwardsCem.htm Edwards County Cemeteries] from the Edwards County TXGenWeb site.  
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*[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txedwards/EdwardsCem.htm Edwards County Cemeteries] from the Edwards County TXGenWeb site.  
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*[http://theusgenweb.org/tx/edwards/edcem.htm Barksdale Cemetery] - TXGenWeb
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/edwards.html Cemeteries of Edwards County ]- USGenWeb Tombstone Project
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScnty=2588 FindAGrave] - transcriptions and photographs
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==== Census  ====
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|1880= 266
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|1890= 1970
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|1900= 3108
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|1910= 3768
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|1920= 2283
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|1930= 2764
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|1940= 2933
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|1950= 2908
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|1960= 2317
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|1970= 2107
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|1980= 2033
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|1990= 2266
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|2000= 2162
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|2010= 2002
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/edwards/census/1900/ 1900 Federal Census] - images - USGenWeb Archives Project
  
 
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/edwards/land/edwards.txt Original Land Owners of Texas] - USGenWeb Archives Project
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[ftp://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/tx/edwards/land/edwards.txt Land Abstract]- TXGenWeb
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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[http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hce03 Edwards County History] from the Handbook of Texas Online.  
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[http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hce03 Edwards County History] from the Handbook of Texas Online.
  
 
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==== Military  ====
 
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[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txedwards/ConPensions.html Confederate Pension Applications]  
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[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txedwards/ConPensions.html Confederate Pension Applications]&nbsp;- USGenWeb Archives Project
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[http://theusgenweb.org/tx/edwards/1890Mortality.html 1890 Mortality Schedule]&nbsp; - &nbsp;TXGenWeb
  
==== Newspapers ====
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Edwards}}
  
==== Probate ====
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==== Taxation  ====
 
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
*[http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.  
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [[Texas, Death Index, 1964-1998 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.  
*[http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1320964 Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]]<br>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.
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1320964 Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]]<br>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  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*[http://txgenweb.org/ TEXAS GenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county
 
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*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
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County Courthouse

Edwards County Courthouse
PO Box 184
Rocksprings, TX 78880-0184
Phone: 830.683.2235

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage, divorce, probate, court and land records from 1884[1]


The towns of Bullhead (now called Vance), 1883-1884, and Leakey, 1884-1891, both served as county seats for Edwards County. In 1891, Rock Springs (now Rocksprings) became the county seat. Bullhead and Leakey are both in the portion of Edwards County that became Real County in 1913. Leakey became the county seat of Real County.[2]

The current Edwards County courthouse was built in 1891. In 1898 it was destroyed by fire, with only the outer walls remaining. The building was rebuilt. In 1927, a tornado swept through Rocksprings killing 70 people and destroying much of the town.[3] The roof of the courthouse was damaged. The courthouse served as a refuge for the tornado victims.

Edward County Courthouse
County Clerk - Sandra Henry
P. O. Box 184
Rocksprings, Texas 78880
(830)683-2235

History

Edwards County was named for Hayden Edwards, one of the first American settlers of Nacogdoches.

Parent County

1858--Edwards County was created 1 February 1858 from Bexar Land District, but was not officially organized until 1883.

County seats:  Bullhead (now called Vance), 1883-1884, Leakey, 1884-1891, Rocksprings (spelled Rock Springs), 1891-present [4] [5]

Boundary Changes

1913--Real County was carved out of the eastern section of Edwards County.

Record Loss

1888 --  Edwards County Courthouse at Leakey, built in 1883, burned on 10 July 1888.

1898 -- Edwards County Courthouse at Rocksprings, built in 1891, burned.  Only the walls remained standing. The building was rebuilt.

1927 -- Edwards County Courthouse at Rocksprings roof damaged by tornado.

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Barksdale | Carta Valley | Rocksprings

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880266
18901,970640.6%
19003,10857.8%
19103,76821.2%
19202,283−39.4%
19302,76421.1%
19402,9336.1%
19502,908−0.9%
19602,317−20.3%
19702,107−9.1%
19802,033−3.5%
19902,26611.5%
20002,162−4.6%
20102,002−7.4%


Church

Court

Land

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 Family History Library Catalog lists microfilm copies of deeds, trust deeds, and mortgages of many counties.

Original Land Owners of Texas - USGenWeb Archives Project

Land Abstract- TXGenWeb

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Edwards County, Texas. 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.

Edwards County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.

Maps

Texas Counties Map. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site.

Military

Confederate Pension Applications - USGenWeb Archives Project

1890 Mortality Schedule  -  TXGenWeb

Newspapers

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

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

  • TEXAS GenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county


  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Edwards County, Texas. Page 663 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. HistoricTexas.net: Edwards County http://www3.historictexas.net/edwards-county-texas
  3. Rock Springs, Texas Tornado, Apr 1927 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/9040/rock-springs-tx-tornado-apr-1927
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. HistoricTexas.net: Edwards County http://www3.historictexas.net/edwards-county-texas