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{{Texas-stub}}''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties F|Counties F]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Freestone 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 F|Counties F]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Freestone County'' <br>  
  
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Guide to '''Freestone 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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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
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[http://www.co.freestone.tx.us/ips/cms Freestone County Courthouse]<br> PO Box 307<br> Fairfield, TX 75840<br> Phone: 903.389.2635 <br>  
 
[http://www.co.freestone.tx.us/ips/cms Freestone County Courthouse]<br> PO Box 307<br> Fairfield, TX 75840<br> Phone: 903.389.2635 <br>  
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Freestone County has been home two four courthouse. The first three were constructed in 1851, 1855, 1891. The current courthouse, a 4-story brick building with classic details, was built in 1919. <ref>HistoricTexas.net: Freestone County http://www3.historictexas.net/freestone-county-texas</ref>  
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Freestone County has been home to four courthouses. The first three were constructed in 1851, 1855, 1891. The current courthouse, a 4-story brick building with classic details, was built in 1919. <ref>HistoricTexas.net: Freestone County http://www3.historictexas.net/freestone-county-texas</ref>  
  
 
Freestone County Courthouse<br>County Clerk - Linda Jarvis <br>103 E Main<br>P O Box 1010<br>Fairfield, TX 75840<br>Phone: 903-389-2635<br>[http://www.co.freestone.tx.us/ips/cms/ Freestone County Government Website]  
 
Freestone County Courthouse<br>County Clerk - Linda Jarvis <br>103 E Main<br>P O Box 1010<br>Fairfield, TX 75840<br>Phone: 903-389-2635<br>[http://www.co.freestone.tx.us/ips/cms/ Freestone County Government Website]  
 
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1850--'''Freestone County was created 6 September 1850 from [[Limestone County, Texas|Limestone]] County. The county was organized in 1851, with Mound Prairie selected as the county seat.&nbsp; The name of the town was soon changed to Fairfield.&nbsp;<ref>Handbook of Texas Online: Freestone County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcf09</ref> '''County seat:''' Fairfield <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1850--'''Freestone County was created 6 September 1850 from [[Limestone County, Texas Genealogy|Limestone]] County. The county was organized in 1851, with Mound Prairie selected as the county seat.&nbsp; The name of the town was soon changed to Fairfield.&nbsp;<ref>Handbook of Texas Online: Freestone County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcf09</ref> '''County seat:''' Fairfield <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
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== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Freestone, Dew|place|disp=Dew}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Freestone, Donie|place|disp=Donie}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Freestone, Fairfield|place|disp=Fairfield}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Freestone, Mills|place|disp=Mills}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Freestone, Teague|place|disp=Teague}}
  
 
==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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'''Cities''': {{FHL|Texas%2C+Freestone%2C+Fairfield|subject|disp=Fairfield}} | Teague  
 
'''Cities''': {{FHL|Texas%2C+Freestone%2C+Fairfield|subject|disp=Fairfield}} | Teague  
  
'''Towns:'''&nbsp; {{FHL|Texas%2C+Freestone%2C+Donie|subject|disp=Donie}} | {{FHL|Texas%2C+Freestone%2C+Mills|subject|disp=Mills}} | Kirvin | Oakwood | Streetman (partly in [[Navarro County, Texas|Navarro]] County) | Wortham  
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'''Towns:'''&nbsp; {{FHL|Texas%2C+Freestone%2C+Donie|subject|disp=Donie}} | {{FHL|Texas%2C+Freestone%2C+Mills|subject|disp=Mills}} | Kirvin | Oakwood | Streetman (partly in [[Navarro County, Texas Genealogy|Navarro]] County) | Wortham  
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Anderson County, Texas|Anderson]]  
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[[Anderson County, Texas Genealogy|Anderson]] {{•}}{{•}} [[Henderson County, Texas Genealogy|Henderson]] {{•}}{{•}} [[Leon County, Texas Genealogy|Leon]] {{•}}{{•}} [[Limestone County, Texas Genealogy|Limestone]] {{•}}{{•}} [[Navarro County, Texas Genealogy|Navarro]]  
*[[Henderson County, Texas|Henderson]]  
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*[[Leon County, Texas|Leon]]  
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<center>{{TX Freestone County, Texas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Limestone County, Texas|Limestone]]  
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*[[Navarro County, Texas|Navarro]]
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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| bgcolor="#eddffb" | {{FHL|510425|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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[http://www.interment.net/us/tx/index.htm Interment.net]
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| bgcolor="#eddffb" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Texas+Freestone+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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[http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
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[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery=undefined&action=search_cemetery Billion Graves ]
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[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery Billion Graves]
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[http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Etx/Freestone/ListFreestone.html Cemeteries of Texas]<br>
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===== Additional Cemetery Sources  =====
  
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=102082 Chancellor Cemetery, Fairfield] BillionGraves
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=102082 Chancellor Cemetery, Fairfield] BillionGraves
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{TX Land}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{TX County Histories}}
  
 
*''A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas, ''1883. [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth46827/m1 Digital book on line] from the Portal to Texas History.  
 
*''A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas, ''1883. [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth46827/m1 Digital book on line] from the Portal to Texas History.  
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==== 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:Txfreestone.jpg|450px|Txfreestone.jpg]]  
  
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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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==== Military ====
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*1838 - 1900 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2059 Texas Muster Roll Index Cards 1838-1900] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*1845 - 1848 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2058 US American Volunteer Soldiers Mexican War 1845-1848] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Freestone}}
  
 
*[http://www.freestonecountytimes.com/ Freestone County Times Newspaper]
 
*[http://www.freestonecountytimes.com/ Freestone County Times Newspaper]
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
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==== Taxation  ====
 
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{{TX Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
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{{TX Vital Intro}}
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===== Birth  =====
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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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*1814 - 1909 and 1966 - 2011 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8795 Texas Marriage Collection 1814-1909 and 1966-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*1837 - 1977 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=60183 Texas Select County Marriage Index 1837-1977] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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''Original Marriage Records on Microfilm''
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===== Death  =====
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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://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.  
 
*[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.  
*[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) - FamilySearch
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*1977 - 1986 {{RecordSearch|1930157|Texas Deaths 1977-1986}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*1903 - 1982 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?=2272 Texas Death Certificates 1903-1982] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] index and images $
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''Original Death Records on Microfilm''
  
== Societies and Libraries ==
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===== Divorce =====
  
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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*1968-2010 {{RecordSearch|2038378|Texas Divorce Index 1968-2010}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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*1968 - 2011 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8794 Texas Divorces 1968-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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== Societies and Libraries  ==
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Freestone County Genealogical Society<br>
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P. O. Box 14<br>
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Fairfield, TX. 75840<br>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txfreest/fcgs/fcgs.htm Freestone County Genealogical website]<br>[http://www.freestoneco.org/?f website]<br><br> 
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==== Family History Centers ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
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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  
 
*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county  
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Freestone|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Freestone|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
  
 
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== References  ==
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County Courthouse

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Freestone County Courthouse
PO Box 307
Fairfield, TX 75840
Phone: 903.389.2635

County Clerk has birth and death records
from 1903,marriage records from 1853,
land, probate, military discharge and court
records from 1851[1]



Freestone County has been home to four courthouses. The first three were constructed in 1851, 1855, 1891. The current courthouse, a 4-story brick building with classic details, was built in 1919. [2]

Freestone County Courthouse
County Clerk - Linda Jarvis
103 E Main
P O Box 1010
Fairfield, TX 75840
Phone: 903-389-2635
Freestone County Government Website

History

The first settlement of the area was about 1830.

Parent County

1850--Freestone County was created 6 September 1850 from Limestone County. The county was organized in 1851, with Mound Prairie selected as the county seat.  The name of the town was soon changed to Fairfield. [3] County seat: Fairfield [4]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Cities: Fairfield | Teague

Towns:  Donie | Mills | Kirvin | Oakwood | Streetman (partly in Navarro County) | Wortham

Neighboring Counties

Anderson  •  • Henderson  •  • Leon  •  • Limestone  •  • Navarro

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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

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

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 Freestone 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.

  • A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas, 1883. Digital book on line from the Portal to Texas History.
  • History of Freestone County, Texas, 1978, by the Freestone County Historical Commission.
  • Freestone County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.

Maps

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Military

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Freestone 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

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.

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

Freestone County Genealogical Society
P. O. Box 14
Fairfield, TX. 75840
Freestone County Genealogical website
website

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), Freestone County, Texas. Page 664 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. HistoricTexas.net: Freestone County http://www3.historictexas.net/freestone-county-texas
  3. Handbook of Texas Online: Freestone County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcf09
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).

 

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