Howard County, Texas

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*[ Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [no images] Name index to [[Texas, Death Index, 1964-1998 (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Texas Statewide Death Certificates]] or four million people who have died since 1964.  
*[ Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [no images] Name index to [[Texas, Death Index, 1964-1998 (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Texas Statewide Death Certificates]] or four million people who have died since 1964.  
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*[ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Texas  1850 - 1930
*[ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Texas  1850 - 1930
== Societies and Libraries  ==
== Societies and Libraries  ==

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

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Howard County, Texas
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Location in the state of Texas
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Location of Texas in the U.S.
Founded August 21, 1876
County Seat Big Spring
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County Courthouse

Howard County Courthouse
300 main Street  PO Box 1468
Big Springs, TX 79721;
Phone. 915.264.2213
County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage records from 1882, probate records from 1884
and land records; District Clerk has divorce and court
records from 1883[1]


The first settlers arrived in 1870.

Parent County

1876--Howard County was created 21 August 1876 from Bexar Land District. County seat: Big Spring [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties







Land Survey Abstracts  ~  USGenWeb Archives Project

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Howard County, Texas. 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.




Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Howard County, Texas 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.


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 or ordered electronically online

Societies and Libraries

Howard County Library
500 S Main St
Big Spring, TX 79720
Phone: (432) 264-2260

Masonic Lodges  ~   TXGenWeb

Society Hill  ~  Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Howard County, Texas. Page 666 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).