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Ellis County, Texas
Map of Texas highlighting Ellis County
Location in the state of Texas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Texas
Location of Texas in the U.S.
Founded December 20, 1849
County Seat Waxahachie


County Courthouse


Ellis County Courthouse
115 W Franklin
Waxahachie, TX 75165
Phone: 972.923.5070

County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, land,
probate, Military and court records[1]

The County Courthouse is located in Waxahachie, Texas and their website is http://www.co.ellis.tx.us/


The first settlement was in 1843.


Parent County

1849--Ellis County was created 20 December 1849 from Navarro County. County seat: Waxahachie [2]

The Texas State legislature officially established Ellis County on December 20,1849. The county was named for Richard Ellis, president of the Texas Constitutional Convention of 1836.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Cities and Towns: | Alma | Avalon | Boz | Forreston | Garrett | Italy | Milford | Oak Leaf | Palmer | Telico | Bardwell | Ennis | Ferris | Maypearl | Midlothian | Ovilla | Pecan Hill | Red Oak | Waxahachie

Neighboring Counties



Rootsweb-Ancestry Cemetery indexes for Ellis County

Gloria B. Mayfield Cemetery Indexes for Ellis County




Local Histories

  • History of Ellis County, Texas, 1972.
  • Memorial and Biographical History of Ellis County, 1892 (reprinted as Ellis County History, Fort Worth: Historical Publishers, 1972).  Read the book online from The Portal To Texas History.
  • Ellis County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Texas Museums  ~  List of all museums in Texas  ~  Hidden Ancestors



  • The Texas spirit of '17: a pictorial and biographical record of the gallant and courageous men from Ellis County who served in the Great War, 1919. Book that details the World War I military service of the citizens of Ellis County, including photographs and biographies. Read the book online at the Portal To Texas History.
  • Military Resources ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
  • Fallen Heroes  ~  Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
  • Honoring Our Veterans ~ Partial index of veterans from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors





Texas County Tax rolls 1836-1910

Vital Records

Societies and Libraries

Ennis Public Library
501 W Ennis Ave
Ennis, TX 75119
Phone: (972) 875-5360

Ferris Public Library
514 S Mabel St
Ferris, TX 75125
Phone: (972) 544-3696

Ah Meadows Library
923 S 9th St
Midlothian, TX 76065
Phone: (972) 775-3417

Nicholas P Sims Library & Lyceum
515 W Main St
Waxahachie, TX 75165
Phone: (972) 937-2671

Red Oak Public Library
200 Lakeview Pkwy
Red Oak, TX 75154
Phone: (469) 218-1230

Society Hill  ~  Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies

Family History Centers

Web Sites

  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.
  • Hidden Ancestors  Information on Texas genealogy research as well as genealogy research in general.
  • USGenWeb Texas Archives Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ellis 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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