Gaines County, Texas Genealogy

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Guide to Gaines County Texas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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County Courthouse

Gaines County Courthouse
P. O. Box 847
101 South Main
Seminole, Texas 79360-4342
Phone: 915.758.4003

County Clerk has birth, death and court records
from 1903, marriage and probate records from
1848 and land records from 1843[1]

County Clerk - Vicki Phillips
101 South Main, Room 107
Seminole, Texas 79360
Phone: (432) 758-4003
FAX: (432) 758-1442

Gaines County Government Website

 Details: (Co Clk has b, m, d, bur, pro & ct rec from 1905 & land rec)


Parent County

1876--Gaines County was created 21 August 1876 from Bexar Land District. County seat: Seminole [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Ashmore | Bessie | Caput | Denver City (mostly in Yoakum County) | Higginbotham | Loop | Seagraves | Seminole | Wasson | White City

Neighboring Counties



  • Loop Cemetery, Loop, Texas
  • Seagraves Cemetery, Seagraves, Texas
  • Gaines County Memorial Cemetery, Seminole, Texas
  • Seminole Gaines County Cemetery (South), Seminole, Texas
  • Webb Cemetery


  • Ashmore Baptist Church - Loop
  • Loop Baptist Church - Loop
  • Loop Church of Christ - Loop
  • Apostolic Assembly - Seagraves
  • Church of Christ - Seagraves 
  • Church of the Nazarene - Seagraves
  • First Assembly of God - Seagraves
  • First Baptist Church - Seagraves
  • First United Methodist Church - Seagraves
  • Mt. Olive Baptist Church - Seagraves
  • St. Paul's Catholic Church - Seagraves
  • Sendero Pathway Assembly of God - Seagraves
  • Temple Baptist Chruch - Seagraves
  • Templo Bautista Getsemani - Segraves
  • Agape Church - Seminole
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - Seminole
  • Family Harvest Church - Seminole
  • Fifth Street Church of Christ - Seminole
  • First Assembly of God - Seminole
  • First Baptist Church of Seminole - Seminole
  • First Methodist Church - Seminole
  • First Presbyterian Church - Seminole
  • First United Methodist Church - Seminole
  • German Church of God - Seminole 
  • Gospel Mennonite Church - Seminole
  • Sommerfeld Mennonite Church - Seminole
  • South Seminole Baptist Church - Seminole
  • St. James Catholic Church - Seminole
  • West Side Church of Christ - Seminole


Funeral Homes

  • Boyer Funeral Home - Seminole
  • Connally Funeral Home - Seagraves
  • Head Family Funeral Home - Seagraves
  • Mark A. Jones Funeral Home - Seagraves
  • Ratliff Funeral Home - Seminole
  • Singleton Funeral Home - Seminole


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 Gaines 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.


Texas Counties Map. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site.


World War I Draft Registrations (A-L) - Gaines County, TXGenWeb site

World War I Draft Registrations (M-Z) - Gaines County, TXGenWeb site

World War II Enlistment Records - Gaines County, TXGenWeb site

Korean War Dead - Gaines County, TXGenWeb site


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

Seminole Sentinel

These newspapers are not in Gaines County but contain news about its residents:

The Brownfield News

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal


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.


Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

Certified birth and death certificates or birth and death verifications can be ordered online or by mail at the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health. Copies can also be obtained from the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred and are often less expensive. You can also order them online through a third party company.

Marriages records can be obtained from the county the marriage occurred. Only marriage verifications can be obtained from the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health.

See Texas Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Texas.

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Gaines County, Texas. Page 664 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).