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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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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Genealogy|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties E|Counties E]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Edwards County'' <br>  
  
Guide to '''Edwards County Texas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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Guide to '''Edwards County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
  
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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>  
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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 Genealogy|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>  
 
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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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
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'''1913'''--[[Real County, Texas|Real]] County was carved out of the eastern section of Edwards County.  
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'''1913'''--[[Real County, Texas Genealogy|Real]] County was carved out of the eastern section of Edwards County.  
  
 
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
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[[Kerr County, Texas Genealogy|Kerr]] {{•}} [[Kimble County, Texas Genealogy|Kimble]] {{•}} [[Kinney County, Texas Genealogy|Kinney]] {{•}} [[Real County, Texas Genealogy|Real]] {{•}} [[Sutton County, Texas Genealogy|Sutton]] {{•}} [[Uvalde County, Texas Genealogy|Uvalde]] {{•}} [[Uvalde County, Texas Genealogy|Val Verde]]  
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*[[Real County, Texas|Real]]  
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== Resources  ==
 
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
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[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gs& Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#eddffb" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Texas+Edwards+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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[http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Wtx/Edwards/ListEdwards.html Cemeteries of Texas]<br>
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===== Additional Cemetery Sources  =====
  
 
*[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txedwards/EdwardsCem.htm Edwards County Cemeteries] from the Edwards County TXGenWeb site.  
 
*[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txedwards/EdwardsCem.htm Edwards County Cemeteries] from the Edwards County TXGenWeb site.  
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/edwards/census/1900/ 1900 Federal Census] - images - USGenWeb Archives Project
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/edwards/census/1900/ 1900 Federal Census] - images - USGenWeb Archives Project
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{{TX 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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*[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
[ftp://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/tx/edwards/land/edwards.txt Land Abstract]- TXGenWeb  
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==== Local Histories  ====
 
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{{TX County Histories}}  
 
{{TX County Histories}}  
  
[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.
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
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[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site.
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[[Image:Txedwards.jpg|600px|Txedwards.jpg]] <br>
  
==== Military  ====
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*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site.
  
[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txedwards/ConPensions.html Confederate Pension Applications]&nbsp;- USGenWeb Archives Project
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==== Military  ====
  
[http://theusgenweb.org/tx/edwards/1890Mortality.html 1890 Mortality Schedule]&nbsp; - &nbsp;TXGenWeb  
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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
  
 
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
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''Online Birth Indexes and Records''
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949342 Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997&nbsp;] (index)-&nbsp; FamilySearch<br>
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803956 Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1935] (images and index) - FamilySearch<br>
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1681015 Texas, Births and Christenings, 1840-1981] - FamilySearch<br>
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''Original Birth Records on Microfilm''
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''Online Marriage Indexes and Records''
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1803987 Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977 ]&nbsp;~ &nbsp;FamilySearch records collection''<br>''
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1681052 Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973&nbsp;]&nbsp; &nbsp;~ &nbsp;FamilySearch record collection
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/2031191 Texas, Marriages, 1966-2010]&nbsp; &nbsp;~ &nbsp;FamilySearch record collection
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<br> ''Original Marriage Records on Microfilm''
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''Online Death Indexes and Records''
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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.
 
*[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.  
 
*[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.  
*[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.
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1681049 Texas Deaths and Burials 1903 - 1973] &nbsp;(index) &nbsp;- &nbsp;FamilySearch
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*1977 - 1986 {{RecordSearch|1930157|Texas Deaths 1977-1986}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] index
  
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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''Original Death Records on Microfilm''
  
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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===== Divorce  =====
  
== Web Sites  ==
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records 1968 - 2005] (index) -&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
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*1968-2010 {{RecordSearch|2038378|Texas Divorce Index 1968-2010}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
  
*[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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*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county
*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Edwards|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*[http://usgenweb.org USGenWeb project] -&nbsp; May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Edwards|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
  
 
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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

Kerr  • Kimble  • Kinney  • Real  • Sutton  • Uvalde  • Val Verde


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Resources

Cemeteries

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

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Findagrave.com

WorldCat

Findagrave.com

Interment.net


Names in Stone

USGenWeb


Billion Graves

Billion Graves


Cemeteries of Texas



Names in Stone



See Texas Cemeteries for more information.
Additional Cemetery Sources

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

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.

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 FamilySearch Catalog lists microfilm copies of deeds, trust deeds, and mortgages of many counties.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Edwards 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.

Maps

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Military

Newspapers

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

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

Birth

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Original Birth Records on Microfilm

Marriage

Online Marriage Indexes and Records


Original Marriage Records on Microfilm

Death

Online Death Indexes and Records

Original Death Records on Microfilm


Divorce

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Centers for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Web Sites

  • TXGenWeb 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.
  • FamilySearch 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

 

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