Houston County, Texas Genealogy
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Guide to Houston County Texas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
Houston County Court House
PO Box 370;
Crockett, TX 75835
County Clerk has birth, marriage, and death record from 1903,
probate court and land records from 1882; District Clerk has
divorce record from 1920; County History Commission has
burial records, family & local histories
San Francisco de los Tejas, the first Spanish mission in East Texas, was founded in 1690 and abandoned in 1693.
Many county records were destroyed in courthouse fires in February 1865 and November 1882.
Places / Localities
Crockett | Grapeland | Kennard | Latexo | Lovelady
- Texas African American Griots ~ USGenWeb
- AfriGeneas ~ African Ancestored Genealogy
- Texas African American Genealogy ~ Access Genealogy
- Houston County Cemetery and Tombstone Transcriptions ~ USGenWeb
- New Energy Cemetery ~ alphabetical listing ~ USGenWeb Archives Project
- Houston County Cemeteries ~ USGenWeb Archives Project
- Texas Cemeteries ~ Texas Escapes
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 are available for Houston 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.
- The History of Houston County, Texas, 1943 by Armistead Albert Aldrich.
- History of Houston County, Texas, 1687–1979, 1979) by the Houston County Historical Commission.
- Houston County in the Civil War, 1981 by Thomas Nelms Mainer.
- The First Settlers of Houston County, Texas, 1983, by Gifford E. White.
- Houston County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.
- Historical Texas Maps - Hidden Ancestors.
- Texas Counties Map. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site.
1914 Map of Angelina, Gregg, Harrison, Cherokee, Houston, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rusk, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith & Trinity at www.rootsweb.com
- Military Resources. Information pertaining to each war, both general and Texas specific.
- Our Fallen Heroes. Partial index of servicemen who were killed in action.
- Honoring our Veterans. Partial index of veterans of all wars.
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Houston County, Texas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:
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 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.
- Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998 Texas, Death Index, 1964-1998 (FamilySearch Historical Records) 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
- Houston County Archives ~ USGenWeb Archives Project
- TXGenWeb project May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county
- Hidden Ancestors Texas resources as well as general genealogic resources.
- ↑ Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Houston County, Texas. Page 666 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- ↑ The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
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