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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

Table to be Added section  

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



Online Grave Transcripts  Published Grave Transcripts  County Cemetery Directories
 

Findagrave.com 



Family History Library   

Findagrave.com  



 

Interment.net 



WorldCat   

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 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

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

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

 

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