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Guide to '''El Paso County Texas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
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[http://www.courtreference.com/El-Paso-County-Texas-Courts.htm El Paso County Courthouse]<br>500 E San Antonio Street<br>El Paso, TX 79901-2421<br>Phone: 915.546.2071
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County Clerk has bird, death, and burial records from 1903,<br>marriage records from 1880, military discharge records<br>from 1919, probate and land records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), El Paso 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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Seven courthouses have been the home of El Paso County Government. The first courthouse was built at San Elizario in 1850. When Ysleta became the county seat, a second courthouse was built, 1866. Two additional courthouses were built at Ysleta in 1871 and 1882. A three-story Second Empire style courthouse was built at El Paso in 1886; it was torn down in 1918. In 1917, a Classic Revival style courthouse was built; it was extensively remodeled in 1955, and then demolished in 1992. El Paso County's current courthouse, a glass and steel structure opened in 1991.&nbsp;<ref>HistoricTexas.net: El Paso County http://www3.historictexas.net/el-paso-county-texas</ref>
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'''El Paso County Courthouse'''<br>County Clerk's Office [http://www.epcounty.com/clerk/default.htm website]<br>500 E. San Antonio, Suite 105<br>El Paso, Texas 79901<br>(915) 546-2071 <br>Fax (915) 546-2012 Main Office <br>Fax (915) 543-3806 Vital Records Department<br>[http://www.co.el-paso.tx.us/ El Paso County Government website]
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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El Paso County is located in the far south western corner of Texas where the states of [[New Mexico|New Mexico]] and [[Texas|Texas]], and the country of [[Mexico|Mexico]] meet.  
 
El Paso County is located in the far south western corner of Texas where the states of [[New Mexico|New Mexico]] and [[Texas|Texas]], and the country of [[Mexico|Mexico]] meet.  
  
[[El Paso|El Paso]] is presently its largest city.&nbsp; Across the Rio Grande is [[Chihuahua|Chihuahua]]'s largest city, [[Ciudad Juarez|Ciudad Juarez]].&nbsp; Today it is a major international port of entry, and from its earliest days has been a significant customs and immigrations checkpoint between the United States and Mexico.  
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[[El Paso, Texas|El Paso]] is presently its largest city.&nbsp; Across the Rio Grande is [[Chihuahua|Chihuahua]]'s largest city, [[Ciudad Juarez|Ciudad Juarez]].&nbsp; Today it is a major international port of entry, and from its earliest days has been a significant customs and immigrations checkpoint between the United States and Mexico.  
  
 
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'''1850--'''El Paso County was created 3 January 1850 from Bexar Land District. '''County seat:''' El Paso <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1850--'''El Paso County was created 3 January 1850 from Bexar Land District.  
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'''County seats''' San Elizario, 1850-1866, Ysleta, 1866-1868, San Elizario, 1868-1873, Ysleta, 1873-1883, El Paso, 1883-present ''<ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>'' <ref>Handbook of Texas Online: El Paso County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hce05</ref>  
  
 
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1912 - [[Culberson County, Texas|Culberson]] County created from eastern portion of El Paso County.
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1917 - [[Hudspeth County, Texas|Hudspeth]] County created from eastern portion of El Paso County.
  
 
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Anthony | Clint | El Paso | Fabens | Horizon City | Socorro | Vinton
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Anthony | Clint | El Paso | Fabens | Horizon City | Socorro | Vinton  
  
 
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*''The City and county of El Paso, Texas&nbsp;: containing useful and reliable information concerning the future great metropolis of the Southwest ...'' 1886, El Paso Bureau of Information. [http://www.archive.org/details/citycountyofelpa00elpa Digital book online] from archive.org.<br>  
 
*''The City and county of El Paso, Texas&nbsp;: containing useful and reliable information concerning the future great metropolis of the Southwest ...'' 1886, El Paso Bureau of Information. [http://www.archive.org/details/citycountyofelpa00elpa Digital book online] from archive.org.<br>  
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*''Souvenir of the city of El Paso, Texas''. Photo-gravures.&nbsp; [http://www.archive.org/details/souvenirofcityof00curt Digital book online] at archive.org.<br>  
 
*''Souvenir of the city of El Paso, Texas''. Photo-gravures.&nbsp; [http://www.archive.org/details/souvenirofcityof00curt Digital book online] at archive.org.<br>  
 
*''San Elizario,'' 1973, by Eugene O. Porter.  
 
*''San Elizario,'' 1973, by Eugene O. Porter.  
*''The El Paso Salt War, 1877,'' published in 1957 by Charles Leland Sonnichsen. [http://www.archive.org/details/elpasosaltwar18700sonn Digital book on line] at archive.org.<br>
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*''The El Paso Salt War, 1877,'' published in 1957 by Charles Leland Sonnichsen. [http://www.archive.org/details/elpasosaltwar18700sonn Digital book on line] at archive.org.  
 
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*''Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc.,'' 1901by W. W. Mills&nbsp; [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6112/m1 Digital book online] at The Portal to Texas History.
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*[http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hce05 El Paso County History] from the Handbook of Texas Online.
  
 
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*[http://culberson.historictexas.net/content/el-paso-county-texas-1881 El Paso County 1881] from the Culberson County TXGenWeb site<br>  
 
*[http://culberson.historictexas.net/content/el-paso-county-texas-1881 El Paso County 1881] from the Culberson County TXGenWeb site<br>  
*[http://www.birdseyeviews.org/zoom.php?city=El%20Paso&year=1886&extra_info= El Paso 1886 Panorama Map] from the Amon Carter Museum.<br>
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*[http://www.birdseyeviews.org/zoom.php?city=El%20Paso&year=1886&extra_info= El Paso 1886 Panorama Map] from the Amon Carter Museum.<br>  
 
*[http://culberson.historictexas.net/content/el-paso-county-texas-1900 El Paso County 1900] from the Culberson County TXGenWeb site  
 
*[http://culberson.historictexas.net/content/el-paso-county-texas-1900 El Paso County 1900] from the Culberson County TXGenWeb site  
 
*[http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/aris/maps/maplookup.php?mapnum=3029 El Paso Quadrangle 1908]&nbsp; Shows contour lines, elevations, rivers, creeks, towns, cities, roads, buildings, schools, and railroads. Covers part of El Paso County.  
 
*[http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/aris/maps/maplookup.php?mapnum=3029 El Paso Quadrangle 1908]&nbsp; Shows contour lines, elevations, rivers, creeks, towns, cities, roads, buildings, schools, and railroads. Covers part of El Paso County.  
*[http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/historical/el_paso_1920.jpg El Paso 1920 Automobile Blue Book Map] from the Amon Carter Museum.<br>
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*[http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/historical/el_paso_1920.jpg El Paso 1920 Automobile Blue Book Map] from the Amon Carter Museum.<br>  
*[http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/historical/ft_bliss_el_paso_hist.jpg El Paso - Fort Bliss Main Post Historic District, 1891-1939] from the Amon Carter Museum.<br>
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*[http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/historical/ft_bliss_el_paso_hist.jpg El Paso - Fort Bliss Main Post Historic District, 1891-1939] from the Amon Carter Museum.<br>  
 
*[http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/aris/maps/maplookup.php?mapnum=4853 El Paso County General Highway Map 1940]  
 
*[http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/aris/maps/maplookup.php?mapnum=4853 El Paso County General Highway Map 1940]  
 
*[http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/aris/maps/maplookup.php?mapnum=4854 El Paso General Highway Map 1940] shows detail of the City of El Paso and vicinity.  
 
*[http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/cgi-bin/aris/maps/maplookup.php?mapnum=4854 El Paso General Highway Map 1940] shows detail of the City of El Paso and vicinity.  
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*[http://texashistory.unt.edu/search/?q=El+Paso&t=fulltext&fq=dc_type%3Atext_newspaper El Paso Herald], selected issues on line 1910-1914 from the Portal to Texas History.
  
 
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*1860 Census - El Paso County: [http://www.archive.org/details/populationschedu1293unix Census images] online at archive.org, [http://www.txgenweb3.org/txelpaso/census1860.html 1860 Census transcription] from the El Paso County TXGenWeb site.<br>  
 
*1860 Census - El Paso County: [http://www.archive.org/details/populationschedu1293unix Census images] online at archive.org, [http://www.txgenweb3.org/txelpaso/census1860.html 1860 Census transcription] from the El Paso County TXGenWeb site.<br>  
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*[http://www.epcounty.com/publicrecords/deathrecords/DeathRecordSearch.aspx El Paso County Death Records Search] from EPCounty.com, the official county government website.<br>
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*[http://www.epcounty.com/publicrecords/deathrecords/DeathRecordSearch.aspx El Paso County Death Records Search] from EPCounty.com, the official county government website.<br>  
*[http://www.epcounty.com/publicrecords/birthrecords/BirthRecordSearch.aspx El Paso County Birth Records Search] from EPCounty.com, the official county government website.
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*[http://www.epcounty.com/publicrecords/birthrecords/BirthRecordSearch.aspx El Paso County Birth Records Search] from EPCounty.com, the official county government website.  
*[http://www.epcounty.com/publicrecords/marriagerecords/MarriageRecordSearch.aspx El Paso County Marriage Records Search] from EPCounty.com, the official county government website<br>
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*[http://www.epcounty.com/publicrecords/marriagerecords/MarriageRecordSearch.aspx El Paso County Marriage Records Search] from EPCounty.com, the official county government website<br>  
*[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://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/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.  
*[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.<br>
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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.<br>
  
 
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*[[El Paso Texas Mount Franklin Family History Center]]
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*[[Hondo Pass Texas Family History Center]]
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*[[Mission Trail/Socorro Texas Family History Center|Socorro Texas Family History Center]]
  
 
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County Courthouse

El Paso County Courthouse
500 E San Antonio Street
El Paso, TX 79901-2421
Phone: 915.546.2071


County Clerk has bird, death, and burial records from 1903,
marriage records from 1880, military discharge records
from 1919, probate and land records[1]


Seven courthouses have been the home of El Paso County Government. The first courthouse was built at San Elizario in 1850. When Ysleta became the county seat, a second courthouse was built, 1866. Two additional courthouses were built at Ysleta in 1871 and 1882. A three-story Second Empire style courthouse was built at El Paso in 1886; it was torn down in 1918. In 1917, a Classic Revival style courthouse was built; it was extensively remodeled in 1955, and then demolished in 1992. El Paso County's current courthouse, a glass and steel structure opened in 1991. [2]

El Paso County Courthouse
County Clerk's Office website
500 E. San Antonio, Suite 105
El Paso, Texas 79901
(915) 546-2071
Fax (915) 546-2012 Main Office
Fax (915) 543-3806 Vital Records Department
El Paso County Government website


History

El Paso County is located in the far south western corner of Texas where the states of New Mexico and Texas, and the country of Mexico meet.

El Paso is presently its largest city.  Across the Rio Grande is Chihuahua's largest city, Ciudad Juarez.  Today it is a major international port of entry, and from its earliest days has been a significant customs and immigrations checkpoint between the United States and Mexico.

Parent County

1850--El Paso County was created 3 January 1850 from Bexar Land District.

County seats San Elizario, 1850-1866, Ysleta, 1866-1868, San Elizario, 1868-1873, Ysleta, 1873-1883, El Paso, 1883-present [3] [4]

Boundary Changes

1912 - Culberson County created from eastern portion of El Paso County.

1917 - Hudspeth County created from eastern portion of El Paso County.

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Anthony | Clint | El Paso | Fabens | Horizon City | Socorro | Vinton

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

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.


LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • El Paso
  • El Paso Dist
  • Emery

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 El Paso 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.

  • The City and county of El Paso, Texas : containing useful and reliable information concerning the future great metropolis of the Southwest ... 1886, El Paso Bureau of Information. Digital book online from archive.org.
  • The Land Where We Live: El Paso del Norte, 1973, by Conrey Bryson.
  • Pass of the North: Four Centuries on the Rio Grande, 2 vols., 1968, 1980, by Charles Leland Sonnichsen.
  • El Paso: A Borderlands History, 1990, by W. H. Timmons.
  • Souvenir of the city of El Paso, Texas. Photo-gravures.  Digital book online at archive.org.
  • San Elizario, 1973, by Eugene O. Porter.
  • The El Paso Salt War, 1877, published in 1957 by Charles Leland Sonnichsen. Digital book on line at archive.org.
  • Forty years at El Paso, 1858-1898; recollections of war, politics, adventure, events, narratives, sketches, etc., 1901by W. W. Mills  Digital book online at The Portal to Texas History.
  • El Paso County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.

Maps

Military

Newspapers

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

  • El Paso Herald, selected issues on line 1910-1914 from the Portal to Texas History.

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

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. United States Vital Records has additional research guidance on researching and using vital records. See Texas Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Texas or How to order Texas Vital Records


A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased from the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health, the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred, ordered electronically online or download an application for Texas Birth and Death Certificate, Marriage or Divorce Verification Application to mail.


Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), El Paso County, Texas. Page 663 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. HistoricTexas.net: El Paso County http://www3.historictexas.net/el-paso-county-texas
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Handbook of Texas Online: El Paso County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hce05