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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties G|Counties G]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Grayson 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 G|Counties G]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Grayson County'' <br>  
  
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Guide to '''Grayson 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<br>  ==
 
== County Courthouse<br>  ==
  
[http://www.co.grayson.tx.us/ Grayson County Courthouse]<br> '''The Grayson County Courthouse &amp;&nbsp;Official Flag''' [[Image:Grayson county courthouse2.jpg|frame|center|279px|Grayson county courthouse2.jpg]]<br>  
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[http://www.co.grayson.tx.us/ Grayson County Courthouse]  
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<br> The Grayson County Courthouse &amp;&nbsp;Official Flag [[Image:Grayson county courthouse2.jpg|frame|center|279px]]<br>  
  
 
== '''History'''  ==
 
== '''History'''  ==
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; [[Image:Grayson county courthouse3.jpg|frame|left|402px|Grayson county courthouse3.jpg]]<br>  
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; [[Image:Grayson county courthouse3.jpg|frame|left|402px]]<br>  
  
 
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The first courthouse was constructed in 1847 and torn down in 1858, the story passed down is that some men were drunk and made a bet on how many eggs were in a goose's nest under the building; so they tore it down to find out!<br>  
 
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The first courthouse was constructed in 1847 and torn down in 1858, the story passed down is that some men were drunk and made a bet on how many eggs were in a goose's nest under the building; so they tore it down to find out!<br>  
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Grayson County is located at the top of Texas and is home to the famed '''Preston Road'''. This road was a major pioneer road, crossing the Red River into Texas. Just to the east of the Preston Road was the '''Shawnee Trail''', the first cattle drive road in Texas. This cattle trail crossed the Red River in a natural rock formed cattle shute and herds passed through the Indian Nations in Oklahoma to reach the railheads in Kansas.&nbsp;  
 
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Grayson County is located at the top of Texas and is home to the famed '''Preston Road'''. This road was a major pioneer road, crossing the Red River into Texas. Just to the east of the Preston Road was the '''Shawnee Trail''', the first cattle drive road in Texas. This cattle trail crossed the Red River in a natural rock formed cattle shute and herds passed through the Indian Nations in Oklahoma to reach the railheads in Kansas.&nbsp;  
  
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The&nbsp; '''Butterfield Overland Mail route''' also passed through Grayson county, this land was a vital link for pioneers entering the West. <br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; [[Image:Bois d arc tree.jpg|frame|center|Bois d arc tree.jpg]]  
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The&nbsp; '''Butterfield Overland Mail route''' also passed through Grayson county, this land was a vital link for pioneers entering the West. <br>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; [[Image:Bois d arc tree.jpg|frame|center]]  
  
 
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Above is an Old Bois d' Arc Tree in a field of Indian Blanket Flowers. This area of Texas is a rich land, beautiful with&nbsp; rolling hills, prairie grasses; native pecan, oak, hackberry, elms, black walnut, chinaberry, blackjack, and more, and of course our famous Bois d'arc trees forrest the land.  
 
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Above is an Old Bois d' Arc Tree in a field of Indian Blanket Flowers. This area of Texas is a rich land, beautiful with&nbsp; rolling hills, prairie grasses; native pecan, oak, hackberry, elms, black walnut, chinaberry, blackjack, and more, and of course our famous Bois d'arc trees forrest the land.  
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Grayson County is a beautiful place to live.<br>  
 
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Grayson County is a beautiful place to live.<br>  
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/earlyhistory.html '''Read about early Grayson County, Texas''']<br>  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/earlyhistory.html '''Read about early Grayson County, Texas''']<br>  
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*[http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcg09 '''Read More about Grayson County, Texas''']
  
[http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcg09 '''Read More about Grayson County, Texas''']
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Parent County was Fannin County - Grayson County was formed May 17, 1846  
 
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&nbsp;'''Parent County was Fannin County - Grayson County was formed May 17, 1846'''
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'''County seat:''' Sherman <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
 
'''County seat:''' Sherman <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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Grayson County Frontier Village in Denison, Texas is a place where Grayson County history is brought to life. It also houses a database of Katy Railroad Workers and has a research center in the museum building. They are glad to help patrons with their genealogical search. <br>  
 
Grayson County Frontier Village in Denison, Texas is a place where Grayson County history is brought to life. It also houses a database of Katy Railroad Workers and has a research center in the museum building. They are glad to help patrons with their genealogical search. <br>  
  
[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/frontierv.html Read More about Frontier Village]  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/frontierv.html Read More about Frontier Village]
  
 
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== '''Populated Places'''  ==
 
== '''Populated Places'''  ==
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Grayson, Denison|place|disp=Denison}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Grayson, Howe|place|disp=Howe}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Grayson, Kentuckytown|place|disp=Kentuckytown}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Grayson, Sadler|place|disp=Sadler}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Grayson, Sherman|place|disp=Sherman}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Grayson, Tioga|place|disp=Tioga}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Grayson, Whitesboro|place|disp=Whitesboro}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Grayson, Whitewright|place|disp=Whitewright}}
  
 
Sherman is the county seat, other towns and communities alphabetically; Bells (formerly called Bailey Junction, Gospel Ridge, Bellsplain and Belvue); Collinsville (previously called Springville and Toadsuck); Denison; Dorchester; Gordonville; Gunter; Howe (first called Summit);&nbsp; Luella; Pottsboro; Sadler, Southmayd; Tioga; Tom Bean; Van Alstyne; Whitesboro (previous names-City of Divide, The Wolfe Path; White Settlement; White Colony);&nbsp; and Whitewright. [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/towns.html Visit My Grayson County Town Page]  
 
Sherman is the county seat, other towns and communities alphabetically; Bells (formerly called Bailey Junction, Gospel Ridge, Bellsplain and Belvue); Collinsville (previously called Springville and Toadsuck); Denison; Dorchester; Gordonville; Gunter; Howe (first called Summit);&nbsp; Luella; Pottsboro; Sadler, Southmayd; Tioga; Tom Bean; Van Alstyne; Whitesboro (previous names-City of Divide, The Wolfe Path; White Settlement; White Colony);&nbsp; and Whitewright. [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/towns.html Visit My Grayson County Town Page]  
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== '''Neighboring Counties'''  ==
 
== '''Neighboring Counties'''  ==
  
*[[Bryan County, Oklahoma|Bryan County, Oklahoma]]  
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[[Bryan County, Oklahoma Genealogy|Bryan County, Oklahoma]] {{•}} [[Collin County, Texas Genealogy|Collin]] {{•}} [[Cooke County, Texas Genealogy|Cooke]] {{•}} [[Denton County, Texas Genealogy|Denton]] {{•}} [[Fannin County, Texas Genealogy|Fannin]] {{•}} [[Marshall County, Oklahoma Genealogy|Marshall County, Oklahoma]]  
*[[Collin County, Texas|Collin]]  
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<center>{{TX Grayson County, Texas Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Cooke County, Texas|Cooke]]  
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*[[Denton County, Texas|Denton]]  
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*[[Fannin County, Texas|Fannin]]  
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*[[Love County, Oklahoma|Love County, Oklahoma]]  
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*[[Marshall County, Oklahoma|Marshall County, Oklahoma]]
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== '''Resources<br>'''  ==
 
== '''Resources<br>'''  ==
  
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*[http://www.txfannin.org/booksonline.php?book=Souv&type_PG=Cover Biographical Souvenir of Texas] - 1889
 
*[http://www.txfannin.org/booksonline.php?book=Souv&type_PG=Cover Biographical Souvenir of Texas] - 1889
  
== '''Cemeteries''' ==
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==== Cemeteries  ====
  
'''[[Image:Cemetery shot.jpg|frame|center|Cemetery shot.jpg]]'''  
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
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| bgcolor="#eddffb" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Texas+Grayson+County.&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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[http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Etx/Grayson/ListGrayson.html Cemeteries of Texas]<br>
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'''[[Image:Cemetery shot.jpg|frame|center]]'''  
  
 
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Grayson County's beautiful rolling green hills hold more than 200 cemeteries.  
 
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Grayson County's beautiful rolling green hills hold more than 200 cemeteries.  
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/cemeteries.html There are more than 200 cemeteries in Grayson County,Texas. I have been working for more than 13 years on collecting&nbsp; - cemetery data, tombstone photographs and new info being added every week.]
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/cemeteries.html Grayson County Cemeteries]&nbsp; -&nbsp; TXGenWeb
*I&nbsp;have made a [http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=118371026367896458229.00045c5229886f3de16ac&t=h&z=9 Google Map of Grayson County Cemeteries].
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*[http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=118371026367896458229.00045c5229886f3de16ac&t=h&z=9 Google Map of Grayson County Cemeteries].
  
 
== '''Churches'''  ==
 
== '''Churches'''  ==
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{{TX Church Intro}}
  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/church.html Grayson County Churches], Photographs, Historical Markers, Links '''Books ~ onlne!''' <br>  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/church.html Grayson County Churches], Photographs, Historical Markers, Links '''Books ~ onlne!''' <br>  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/commish.html Grayson County Historical Markers]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/commish.html Grayson County Historical Markers]  
*Offical State of [http://atlas.thc.state.tx.us/shell-county.htm Texas Historical Marker Atlas ~ Search form.]
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*Official State of [http://atlas.thc.state.tx.us/shell-county.htm Texas Historical Marker Atlas ~ Search form.]
  
 
== '''Railroads'''  ==
 
== '''Railroads'''  ==
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== '''Court'''  ==
 
== '''Court'''  ==
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/records.html All About Grayson County Offical Records.]  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/records.html All About Grayson County Official Records]  
*[http://www.co.grayson.tx.us/County%20Clerk/genealogy.pdf Offical Grayson County Clerk's Genealogy Page.]
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*[http://www.co.grayson.tx.us/County%20Clerk/genealogy.pdf Official Grayson County Clerk's Genealogy Page]
  
 
== '''Land'''  ==
 
== '''Land'''  ==
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*Land Records are kept in the Grayson County Clerk's Office.  
 
*Land Records are kept in the Grayson County Clerk's Office.  
 
*Very early records made during the Republic of Texas are found in Fannin County's Courthouse and in the Texas State Archives.
 
*Very early records made during the Republic of Texas are found in Fannin County's Courthouse and in the Texas State Archives.
  
== '''Local Histories'''<span id="1289405090408E" style="display: none">&nbsp;</span>  ==
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== '''Local Histories'''<span style="display: none" id="1289405090408E">&nbsp;</span>  ==
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{{TX County Histories}}
  
 
*[http://texashistory.unt.edu/permalink/meta-pth-24648:1 A history of Grayson County, Texas / Mattie Davis Lucas (Mrs. W. H. Lucas) and Mita Holsapple Hall (Mrs. H. E. Hall) 1936]  
 
*[http://texashistory.unt.edu/permalink/meta-pth-24648:1 A history of Grayson County, Texas / Mattie Davis Lucas (Mrs. W. H. Lucas) and Mita Holsapple Hall (Mrs. H. E. Hall) 1936]  
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== '''Maps of Grayson County'''  ==
 
== '''Maps of Grayson County'''  ==
  
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[[Image:Txgrayson.jpg|450px|Txgrayson.jpg]] <br>
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Texas Land Survey Maps for {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
 
*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site  
 
*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/maps.html Maps of Grayson County &amp;&nbsp;Texas]<br>
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/maps.html Maps of Grayson County &amp;&nbsp;Texas]<br>
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*[http://www.mygenealogyhound.com/maps/texas-maps/tx-grayson-county-texas-1897-map.html Map of 1897 Grayson County, Texas] with numerous small settlements. (My Genealogy Hound)<br>
  
 
== '''Military'''  ==
 
== '''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 $
 
*Grayson County Military history is a proud one.[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/military.html &nbsp; Useful links and information.]  
 
*Grayson County Military history is a proud one.[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/military.html &nbsp; Useful links and information.]  
 
*'''Perrin Air Force Base''' was located in Grayson County. View various webpages about it, in the link listed for military history above.  
 
*'''Perrin Air Force Base''' was located in Grayson County. View various webpages about it, in the link listed for military history above.  
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== '''Newspapers'''  ==
 
== '''Newspapers'''  ==
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Grayson}}
  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/newspaper.html All about Grayson County, Newspapers]
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/newspaper.html All about Grayson County, Newspapers]
  
 
== '''Probate'''  ==
 
== '''Probate'''  ==
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{{TX Probate Intro}}
  
 
*All Probate records, insanity hearings and guardianship records are in the<span style="text-decoration: underline"> </span>[http://www.co.grayson.tx.us/County%20Clerk/genealogy.pdf County Clerk's Office]. Email the clerk's office for details about the record you are requesting.
 
*All Probate records, insanity hearings and guardianship records are in the<span style="text-decoration: underline"> </span>[http://www.co.grayson.tx.us/County%20Clerk/genealogy.pdf County Clerk's Office]. Email the clerk's office for details about the record you are requesting.
  
 
== '''Taxation'''  ==
 
== '''Taxation'''  ==
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{{TX Tax Intro}}
  
 
*Tax Rolls are available through interlibrary loan and also through any FHC near you 1846-1910.  
 
*Tax Rolls are available through interlibrary loan and also through any FHC near you 1846-1910.  
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== '''Vital Records'''  ==
 
== '''Vital Records'''  ==
  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Death Records 1964-1998][[Texas, Death Index, 1964-1998 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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{{TX Vital Intro}}
*[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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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/records.html Tips and advice on Grayson County, Texas Records]  
 
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/records.html Tips and advice on Grayson County, Texas Records]  
 
*[http://www.co.grayson.tx.us/County%20Clerk/genealogy.pdf County Clerks Office]
 
*[http://www.co.grayson.tx.us/County%20Clerk/genealogy.pdf County Clerks Office]
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''Online Birth Indexes and Records''
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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/1949342 Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997&nbsp;] (index)-&nbsp; 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://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 Death Records 1964-1998][[Texas, Death Index, 1964-1998 (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1681049 Texas Deaths and Burials 1903 - 1973] &nbsp;(index) - &nbsp;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''
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===== Divorce  =====
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records 1968 - 2005]&nbsp; (index)&nbsp; -&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
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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 $
  
 
== '''Societies and Libraries'''  ==
 
== '''Societies and Libraries'''  ==
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*Grayson County Genealogical Society information can be found through the [http://www.barr.org/sherman1.htm Sherman Public LIbrary.]
 
*Grayson County Genealogical Society information can be found through the [http://www.barr.org/sherman1.htm Sherman Public LIbrary.]
  
==== Family History Centers<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'''  ==
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/ Grayson County,Texas ~ TXGenWeb web site. Has maps, biographical and historical data, online books, cemeteries, obituaries, articles and all kinds of useful information].
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txgrayso/ Grayson County,Texas ~ TXGenWeb web site. Has maps, biographical and historical data, online books, cemeteries, obituaries, articles and all kinds of useful information].  
 
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*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Grayson|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Grayson|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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== '''References'''  ==
 
== '''References'''  ==
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The Grayson County Courthouse & Official Flag
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History

    
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     The first courthouse was constructed in 1847 and torn down in 1858, the story passed down is that some men were drunk and made a bet on how many eggs were in a goose's nest under the building; so they tore it down to find out!

      This old photograph had this statement attched; "I, J.P. Loving, do hereby certify that the above photogrpah is a true picture of the first court house built in the present town of Sherman, Texas, and that it was customary for juries trying cases in said court house to retire to the shade of the old Pecan tree, then standing on the public square to consider their verdict" signed Jesse P. Loving.

     The pecan tree he mentioned was used as a bank of sorts. People would hang their saddlebags and other personal property on or under the old pecan tree and they knew everything would be safe on their reurn. Even bags of gold were left there undisturbed. No one is ever known to have violated the sanctity of this 'bank'.

     Grayson County is located at the top of Texas and is home to the famed Preston Road. This road was a major pioneer road, crossing the Red River into Texas. Just to the east of the Preston Road was the Shawnee Trail, the first cattle drive road in Texas. This cattle trail crossed the Red River in a natural rock formed cattle shute and herds passed through the Indian Nations in Oklahoma to reach the railheads in Kansas. 

     The  Butterfield Overland Mail route also passed through Grayson county, this land was a vital link for pioneers entering the West.
    
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     Above is an Old Bois d' Arc Tree in a field of Indian Blanket Flowers. This area of Texas is a rich land, beautiful with  rolling hills, prairie grasses; native pecan, oak, hackberry, elms, black walnut, chinaberry, blackjack, and more, and of course our famous Bois d'arc trees forrest the land.

     Bois d'arc trees were a cash crop in the 1800's, used as a windbreak and a living livestock fence, this tree originated in Grayson County and its neighbor to the east, Fannin County, Texas and is one of the few trees left in the world that is prehistoric. It was ironic for the American Soldiers from Texas to have to break through the Bois d'arch hedges of France and Germany in WWI & WWII. Every one of the trees that impeded our tanks and troups, came from 'back home'. This tree is called by many names, hedgeapple, horseapple, Texas orange, Osage Orange, ironwood and other names. It was of course named for its main historical use, 'Wood of the Bow'. Bows made of Bois d'arc wood were found anciently deep in South America. The Natives traded the bows and the wood far and wide.

     Grayson County is home to the two Americans' to receive France's highest honor,  the French Legion of Honor. Dwight D. Eisenhour, who was born in Denison, Grayson County and Thomas V. Munson, who saved Europe's grape & wine industy by his research and development of using grafts of our Texas native grapevine stock to save them from extinction.

     Lake Texoma, one of largest reservoirs in the United States was a project envolving placing a large dam just North of Denison,Texas in the 1940's and is a very popular vacation spot today. It is the home of two wildlife habitats. This lake ended most of the flooding from the Red River.

     Grayson County is a beautiful place to live.

Parent County was Fannin County - Grayson County was formed May 17, 1846

County seat: Sherman [1]

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Grayson County Frontier Village in Denison, Texas is a place where Grayson County history is brought to life. It also houses a database of Katy Railroad Workers and has a research center in the museum building. They are glad to help patrons with their genealogical search.


Record Loss

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1930 Fire--The Third Grayson County courthouse was burned by a mob on May 9, 1930. [2] However ALL of the vital records, land records, and most court records were saved from this fire. The courthouse had records in fire proof rooms and storage areas.

Populated Places

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Sherman is the county seat, other towns and communities alphabetically; Bells (formerly called Bailey Junction, Gospel Ridge, Bellsplain and Belvue); Collinsville (previously called Springville and Toadsuck); Denison; Dorchester; Gordonville; Gunter; Howe (first called Summit);  Luella; Pottsboro; Sadler, Southmayd; Tioga; Tom Bean; Van Alstyne; Whitesboro (previous names-City of Divide, The Wolfe Path; White Settlement; White Colony);  and Whitewright. Visit My Grayson County Town Page

Small Communities and Archaic Place Names

Ambrose, Basin Springs, Bethel, Blackmon Chapel; Blanks Community; Bliss; Cannon; Carpenters Bluff; Cedar Mills; Center; Choctaw; Desert; Devoignes; Dixie; Dripping Springs; Elmont; Ellsworth; Enterprise; Farmington; Fink; Friendship; Gage; Georgetown; Hackberry; Hagerman; Hayhurst; Highway; Ida; Jamison (Jameson); Kentuckytown; Knollwood; Locust;Macomb; Mantua; Marilee; Nance Prairie; Needle Ridge (Christian Chapel Community); Norton; Oak Grove; Oxford Community; Pilot Grove; Pink Hill; Plainview; Preston; Quillen; Red Branch; Red River City; Rock Creek; Rose Hill; Sanborn; Sandusky; Sedalia (also called Yakima); Smith Oaks; South Gale; Sperry; Warner Junction; Washita Bend; Waterloo; Whitemound; Whiterock; ; and Woodlake (also called Tanyard Springs). I'm sure I'll find more!

Neighboring Counties

Bryan County, Oklahoma  • Collin  • Cooke  • Denton  • Fannin  • Marshall County, Oklahoma

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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
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     Grayson County's beautiful rolling green hills hold more than 200 cemeteries.

Churches

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.


Schools

Historical Markers

Railroads

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.


  • Land Records are kept in the Grayson County Clerk's Office.
  • Very early records made during the Republic of Texas are found in Fannin County's Courthouse and in the Texas State Archives.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Grayson 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.

Maps of Grayson County

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Military

Newspapers

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

  • All Probate records, insanity hearings and guardianship records are in the County Clerk's Office. Email the clerk's office for details about the record you are requesting.

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.

  • Tax Rolls are available through interlibrary loan and also through any FHC near you 1846-1910.
  • Tax records are kept in the County Clerks Office with more recent records in the Tax Assessors Office.
  • City of Denison (Land) Tax records are being placed online. this is an ongoing project by the Denison, Texas Genealogical Society's Online Document Project

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

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

References

  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  2. Sherman, TX Grayson County Courthouse Burned by Mob, May 1930 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/17865/sherman-tx-grayson-county-courthouse-burned-mob-may-1930

 


 

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