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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,_Texas|Irion County]]''<br>  
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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 = Irion County
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| state = Texas
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| founded year = 1889
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| founded date = March 7
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| seat wl = Mertzon
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
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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>
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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>
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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>
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In 1937 the Irion County Courthouse, a two-story brick contemporary style design building, in Mertzon was completed. <br>
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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>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
Early settlments began in the early 1870's.  
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Early settlements began in the early 1870's.  
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1889--'''Irion County was created 7 March 1889 from [[Tom_Green_County,_Texas|Tom Green]] County. '''County seat:''' Mertzon <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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'''1889--'''Irion County was created 7 March 1889 from [[Tom Green County, Texas|Tom Green]] County. '''County seat:''' Mertzon <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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Irion County was named for Robert Anderson Irion (1804-1861), physician, surveyor, and Republic of Texas secretary of state.<br>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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Barnhart | Mertzon | Sherwood <br>
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Crockett_County,_Texas|Crockett]]
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*[[Crockett County, Texas|Crockett]]  
*[[Reagan_County,_Texas|Reagan]]
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*[[Reagan County, Texas|Reagan]]  
*[[Schleicher_County,_Texas|Schleicher]]
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*[[Schleicher County, Texas|Schleicher]]  
*[[Tom_Green_County,_Texas|Tom Green]]
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*[[Tom Green County, Texas|Tom Green]]
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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==== African American  ====
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~aagriots/TX/texas.htm Texas African American Griots]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; USGenWeb
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*[http://www.afrigeneas.com AfriGeneas]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;African Ancestored Genealogy
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*[http://www.accessgenealogy.com/african/texas/index.htm Texas African American Genealogy]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Access Genealogy
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*[http://www.freedmensbureau.com/texas/index.htm Texas Freedman's Bureau Records]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;Freedman's Bureau Online
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
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*[http://texasgenealogy.us/irion/cemeteries.htm Arden Cemetery]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb
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*[http://texasgenealogy.us/irion/cemeteries/resthavencemetery.htm Rest Haven Cemetery&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; TXGenWeb
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*[http://texasgenealogy.us/irion/cemeteries/mertzoncemetery.htm Mertzon Cemetery&nbsp;] ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb
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*[http://texasgenealogy.us/irion/cemeteries/sherwoodcemetery.htm Sherwood Cemetery]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; TXGenWeb
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html Tombstone Transcription Project] ~ Partial transcription of cemetery tombstones ~ USGenWeb
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*[http://www.historictexas.net/cemeteries/1-countytables.htm Texas Historic Cemeteries] ~ Partial indexes to historic cemeteries
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*[http://africanamericancemeteries.com/tx/ African American Cemeteries Online]&nbsp;~ Partial index/transcriptions of African American cemeteries
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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
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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*[http://www.churchangel.com/texas.htm Texas Christian Church Directory ]~ ChurchAngel
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*[http://www.dioceseofbmt.org/parishes/index.html Catholic Parishes in Texas]
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/irion/land/irion.txt Original Land Owners of Texas]&nbsp;~&nbsp; Irion County&nbsp;&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{TX County Histories}}
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*''A History of Irion County, Texas'', 1966 by Leta Crawford.
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*''A History of Irion County, Texas'', 1978 by Irion County Historical Society.
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*[http://files.usgwarchives.net/tx/irion/history/histmrk.txt Irion County Historical Markers]&nbsp; ~&nbsp;&nbsp;USGenWeb Archives Project
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/museums.html Texas Museums]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; List of all museums in Texas&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/maps.html Historical Maps]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; From the Republic to the Turn of the Century&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*[http://texasgenealogy.us/irion/pension.htm Confederate Pension Applications&nbsp;] ~&nbsp;&nbsp;TXGenWeb
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/military.html Military Resources] ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom&nbsp;~&nbsp;Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/fallen_heroes.htm Fallen Heroes]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/veterans/veterans.htm Honoring Our Veterans] ~ Partial index of veterans from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Irion}}
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*[http://www.hometownnews.com/tx.htm Home Town News]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Texas Newspaper Index with links
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*[http://newslink.org/txnews.html Newslink]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Texas Newspaper List (sorted by publication frequency)
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*[http://theoldentimes.com/oldtexas_main.html The Olden Times]&nbsp;&nbsp; -&nbsp;&nbsp; Historic Texas News Online
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==== Obituaries  ====
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/obituaryresources.html Obituary Resources] ~ Links to research and locate obituaries ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/obits/tx/obitstx.htm USGenWeb Archives Obituary Project]&nbsp;&nbsp;~&nbsp; Texas
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*[http://www.afrigeneas.com/drdb/ Afrigeneas] ~ African American death notices, obituaries and funeral programs compiled by users from current newspapers and historical sources
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*[http://www.daddezio.com/obituary/depot/OB-TX-NDX.html Obituary Depot&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; Texas Newspaper Citations
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/obituaries.html Obituary Project] ~ Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~obituary/ Obituary Daily Times&nbsp;] ~&nbsp; Citations to over 15,000,000 obituaries including interactive search function
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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{{TX Probate Intro}}
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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>
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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{{TX Vital Intro}}
  
*[http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1375599 Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998] [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.  
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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.  
*[http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=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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*[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.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_marriage_records.htm Texas Marriage Records&nbsp; 1966 - 2005]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://www.texas.hiddenancestors.com/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records&nbsp; 1968&nbsp;- 2005]&nbsp;&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
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*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Texas&nbsp; 1850 - 1930<br>
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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Irion County Library<br>111 W Fayette Ave<br>Mertzon, TX 76941<br>Phone: (325) 835-2704
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[http://www.daddezio.com/society/hill/SH-TX-NDX.html Society Hill]&nbsp; ~&nbsp; Links and addresses to Texas genealogical and historical societies
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==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=193616&subject_disp=Texas%2C+Irion&columns=*,0,0 Family History Library Catalog]
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*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county.
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com Hidden Ancestors]&nbsp; Information on Texas genealogy research as well as genealogy research in general.
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*[http://usgwarchives.net/tx/txfiles.htm USGenWeb Texas Archives] Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.
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*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Irion|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
  
 
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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).