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[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties IJ|Counties IJ]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Irion County''<br>{{Adoption Hidden Ancestors}} {{Infobox U.S. County
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Guide to '''Irion County Texas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
[http://www.co.irion.tx.us/ips/cms Irion County Courthouse]<br> PO Box 736<br> Mertzon, TX 76941-0736<br> Phone: 915.835.2421&nbsp;<br><br>County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, divorce, land, probate, military<br>and court records from 1889; Tax Assessor has poll tax records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Irion County, Texas. Page 666 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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[http://www.co.irion.tx.us/ips/cms Irion County Courthouse]<br> PO Box 736<br> Mertzon, TX 76941-0736<br> Phone: 915.835.2421&nbsp;<br>  
  
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County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, divorce, land, probate, military and court records from 1889; Tax Assessor has poll tax records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Irion County, Texas. Page 666 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref> <br>  
  
Irion County has had two county seats (Sherwood 1889-1936 and Mertzon 1936-present) and three courthouses.&nbsp; When Irion County was organized in 1889, Sherwood was chosen as the county seat.&nbsp; Sherwood, however, was bypassed by the railroad and its population declined. In 1927 the town of Mertzon made an unsuccessful bid for the county seat.&nbsp; In 1936 Mertzon was successful and became the county seat.<ref>Handbook of Texas Online: Irion County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hci01</ref><br>  
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Irion County has had two county seats (Sherwood 1889-1936 and Mertzon 1936-present) and three courthouses.&nbsp; When Irion County was organized in 1889, Sherwood was chosen as the county seat. Sherwood, however, was bypassed by the railroad and its population declined. In 1927 the town of Mertzon made an unsuccessful bid for the county seat.&nbsp; In 1936 Mertzon was successful and became the county seat.<ref>Handbook of Texas Online: Irion County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hci01</ref><br>  
  
In 1889, the first courthouse was built in Sherwood.&nbsp; By 1900 construction started on a new two-story stone courthouse.&nbsp; This new courthouse, completed in 1901 served the county until the county seat until Mertzon became the county seat in 1936.<ref>Google Books: Ghost Towns of Texas by T. Lindsay Baker - Sherwood http://books.google.com/books?id=-OxnaXdxjgkC&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;pg=PA142&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;sig=j23w2YkkDhnbXNqGTIVhnUd_HMM&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;hl=en#v=onepage&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;q&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;f=false</ref>&nbsp; The building is currently in use as a Community Center. <ref>Texas Escapes http://www.texasescapes.com/WestTexasTowns/Mertzon-Texas-Irion-County-Courthouse.htm</ref><br>  
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In 1889, the first courthouse was built in Sherwood.&nbsp; By 1900 construction started on a new two-story stone courthouse.&nbsp; This new courthouse, completed in 1901 served the county until the county seat until Mertzon became the county seat in 1936.<ref>Google Books: Ghost Towns of Texas by T. Lindsay Baker - Sherwood http://books.google.com/books?id=-OxnaXdxjgkC&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;pg=PA142&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;sig=j23w2YkkDhnbXNqGTIVhnUd_HMM&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;hl=en#v=onepage&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;f=false</ref> The building is currently in use as a Community Center. <ref>Texas Escapes http://www.texasescapes.com/WestTexasTowns/Mertzon-Texas-Irion-County-Courthouse.htm</ref><br>  
  
 
In 1937 the Irion County Courthouse, a two-story brick contemporary style design building, in Mertzon was completed. <br>  
 
In 1937 the Irion County Courthouse, a two-story brick contemporary style design building, in Mertzon was completed. <br>  
  
Irion County Courthouse <br>County Clerk<br>P.O. Box 736 <br>Mertzon, TX 76941-0736 <br>[http://www.co.irion.tx.us/ County Government Website]
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The county clerk's office has court records from 1889, land records from 1889, probate records from 1889, marriage records from 1889 and nirth and death records from 1903.&nbsp;<ref>Family History 101: Irion County http://www.familyhistory101.com/county/tx-county-irion.html</ref>  
 
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The county clerk's office has court records from 1889, land records from 1889, probate records from 1889, marriage records from 1889 and nirth and death records from 1903.&nbsp;<ref>Family History 101: Irion County http://www.familyhistory101.com/county/tx-county-irion.html</ref>
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== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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*[http://www.historictexas.net/cemeteries/1-countytables.htm Texas Historic Cemeteries] ~ Partial indexes to historic cemeteries  
 
*[http://www.historictexas.net/cemeteries/1-countytables.htm Texas Historic Cemeteries] ~ Partial indexes to historic cemeteries  
 
*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/tx/ African American Cemeteries Online]&nbsp;~ Partial index/transcriptions of African American cemeteries  
 
*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/tx/ African American Cemeteries Online]&nbsp;~ Partial index/transcriptions of African American cemeteries  
*[http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/junction/CJ-TX-NDX.html Cemetery Junction]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links to cemetery transcriptions
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*[http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/junction/CJ-TX-NDX.html Cemetery Junction]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links to cemetery transcriptions<br>
 
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==== Census  ====
 
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[http://texasgenealogy.us/irion/census/1900/1900index.htm 1900 Census Index]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp; TXGenWeb  
 
[http://texasgenealogy.us/irion/census/1900/1900index.htm 1900 Census Index]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp; TXGenWeb  
 
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*''A History of Irion County, Texas'', 1966 by Leta Crawford.  
 
*''A History of Irion County, Texas'', 1966 by Leta Crawford.  
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*[http://www.hometownnews.com/tx.htm Home Town News]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Texas Newspaper Index with links  
 
*[http://www.hometownnews.com/tx.htm Home Town News]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Texas Newspaper Index with links  
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=36 Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Ancestry.com&nbsp; (subscription)
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*[http://search.ancestry.com/search/category.aspx?cat=36 Search Tax, Criminal, Land and Wills Records]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Ancestry.com&nbsp; (subscription)<br>
 
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 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.  
 
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1375599 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.  
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*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_marriage_records.htm Texas Marriage Records&nbsp; 1966 - 2005]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_marriage_records.htm Texas Marriage Records&nbsp; 1966 - 2005]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records&nbsp; 1968&nbsp;- 2005]&nbsp;&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
 
*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records&nbsp; 1968&nbsp;- 2005]&nbsp;&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors  
*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Texas&nbsp; 1850 - 1930
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== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
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Guide to Irion County Texas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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County Courthouse

Irion County Courthouse
PO Box 736
Mertzon, TX 76941-0736
Phone: 915.835.2421 

County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, divorce, land, probate, military and court records from 1889; Tax Assessor has poll tax records.[1]

Irion County has had two county seats (Sherwood 1889-1936 and Mertzon 1936-present) and three courthouses.  When Irion County was organized in 1889, Sherwood was chosen as the county seat. Sherwood, however, was bypassed by the railroad and its population declined. In 1927 the town of Mertzon made an unsuccessful bid for the county seat.  In 1936 Mertzon was successful and became the county seat.[2]

In 1889, the first courthouse was built in Sherwood.  By 1900 construction started on a new two-story stone courthouse.  This new courthouse, completed in 1901 served the county until the county seat until Mertzon became the county seat in 1936.[3] The building is currently in use as a Community Center. [4]

In 1937 the Irion County Courthouse, a two-story brick contemporary style design building, in Mertzon was completed.

The county clerk's office has court records from 1889, land records from 1889, probate records from 1889, marriage records from 1889 and nirth and death records from 1903. [5]

History

Early settlements began in the early 1870's.

Parent County

1889--Irion County was created 7 March 1889 from Tom Green County. County seat: Mertzon [6]

Irion County was named for Robert Anderson Irion (1804-1861), physician, surveyor, and Republic of Texas secretary of state.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Barnhart | Mertzon | Sherwood

Neighboring Counties

Resources

African American

Cemeteries

Census

1900 Census Index  ~   TXGenWeb

Church

Court

Land

Original Land Owners of Texas ~  Irion County   ~  USGenWeb Archives Project

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Irion 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.

  • A History of Irion County, Texas, 1966 by Leta Crawford.
  • A History of Irion County, Texas, 1978 by Irion County Historical Society.

Maps

Military

Newspapers

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

Obituaries

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.

Taxation

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

Irion County Library
111 W Fayette Ave
Mertzon, TX 76941
Phone: (325) 835-2704

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

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Irion County, Texas. Page 666 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Handbook of Texas Online: Irion County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hci01
  3. Google Books: Ghost Towns of Texas by T. Lindsay Baker - Sherwood http://books.google.com/books?id=-OxnaXdxjgkC&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;pg=PA142&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;sig=j23w2YkkDhnbXNqGTIVhnUd_HMM&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;hl=en#v=onepage&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;f=false
  4. Texas Escapes http://www.texasescapes.com/WestTexasTowns/Mertzon-Texas-Irion-County-Courthouse.htm
  5. Family History 101: Irion County http://www.familyhistory101.com/county/tx-county-irion.html
  6. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).