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County Courthouse

Hardin County Courthouse
PO Box 38
Kountze, TX 77625
Phone: 409.246.5185

County Clerk has birth records from 1892,
marriage, death and land records from 1859
and probate records from 1888; District Clerk
has divorce records[1]


The first Anglo-American settlement was in 1832.

Parent County

1858--Hardin County was created 22 January 1858 from Jefferson and Liberty Counties. County seat: Hardin 1858-1887; Kountze 1887-present[2][3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1886 -- The County Courthouse at Hardin, Texas caught fire on August 8, 1886.  Some records were destroyed including the assessment rolls of the county, surveyor's records, and the county judge's records, including the probate records. The only records that may have been saved were those that were stored in an iron safe.  After the fire, the county seat was moved from Hardin to Kountze.[4]

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



Rosedale Cemetery, Sour Lake BillionGraves




Local Histories


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





Vital Records

  • Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998 [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
  • Texas Death Records 1890 – 1976 [with images]
    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.

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), Hardin County, Texas. Page 665 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).
  3. Hardin, Texas - Handbook of Texas Online http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hrh11
  4. Hardin, TX Hardin County Courthouse Fire, Aug 1886 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/17587/hardin-tx-hardin-county-courthouse-fire-aug-1886


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