Leon County, Texas Genealogy

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Guide to '''Leon County Texas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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[http://www.courtreference.com/Leon-County-Texas-Courts.htm Leon County Courthouse]<br> PO Box 98<br> Centerville, TX 75833-0098<br> Phone: 903.536.2352 <br><br>County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903, <br>marriage records from 1885, probate records from 1846, <br>court and land records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Leon County, Texas. Page 668 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>  
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[http://www.courtreference.com/Leon-County-Texas-Courts.htm Leon County Courthouse]<br> PO Box 98<br> Centerville, TX 75833-0098<br> Phone: <span class="skype_c2c_print_container">903.536.2352</span><span skype_menu_props="{&quot;numberToCall":"+19035362352","isFreecall":false,"isMobile":false,"isRtl":false}" onmouseout="SkypeClick2Call.MenuInjectionHandler.hideMenu(event)" onmouseover="SkypeClick2Call.MenuInjectionHandler.showMenu(this, event)" tabindex="-1" dir="ltr" class="skype_c2c_container"><span skypeaction="skype_dropdown" dir="ltr" class="skype_c2c_highlighting_inactive_common"><span class="skype_c2c_textarea_span">[[Image:]]<span class="skype_c2c_text_span">903.536.2352</span><span class="skype_c2c_free_text_span" /></span></span></span> <br><br>County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903, <br>marriage records from 1885, probate records from 1846, <br>court and land records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Leon County, Texas. Page 668 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>  
  
 
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*[http://leonco.org/cemeteries/cemeterymain.htm Leon Co. Cemetery Index]
  
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*''A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas, ''1883. [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth46827/m1 Digital book on line] from the Portal to Texas History.
 
*''A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas, ''1883. [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth46827/m1 Digital book on line] from the Portal to Texas History.
  
 
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*[http://leonco.org/brides/bridelist1.htm Marriage Records Brides]&nbsp;<br>1895 - 1910 and various years indexed by brides
 
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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.
 
*[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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Leon Co. Genealogical Society <br>P.O. Box 400 <br>Centerville, TX 75833 <br>903-536-2710 <br>Hours of operation: 1PM to 4PM Monday through Friday  
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County Courthouse

Leon County Courthouse
PO Box 98
Centerville, TX 75833-0098
Phone: 903.536.2352[[Image:]]903.536.2352

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage records from 1885, probate records from 1846,
court and land records[1]


The original Courthouse and County Seat was at Leona. It was organized July 13, 1846. The first court was held at the home of Moses Campbell and then a log courthouse was built. After a heated battle, which included the killing of one man and the wounding of another, the County Seat was moved to Centerville in October 1850.


History

Named for: This county was named for Martin de Leon, a native of Tamaulipas, Mexico who was born in 1765. 

Parent County

1846--Leon County was created 17 March 1846 from Robertson County. County seat: Centerville [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1885--A fire on the night of November 9, 1885 destroyed the courthouse. After the ashes and debris were cleared away, it was found that the brick remained in good condition and that the brick and two large safes left standing could be refurbished. Many records were lost and I do not know what the contents of the safes were. Most of the records for the county were destroyed. [3] 

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Findagrave.com

Family History Library

Findagrave.com

Interment.net

WorldCat

Names in Stone

USGenWeb


Billion Graves

Billion Graves


Cemeteries of Texas



Names in Stone



See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Cemeteries

Church

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death/burial date and place. For general information about Texas denominations, view the Texas Church Records wiki page.

Court

Land

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

Local histories are available for Leon 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.

  • A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas, 1883. Digital book on line from the Portal to Texas History.

Maps

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Military

Newspapers

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

Taxation

Texas tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Texas Taxation.

Texas County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910 lists FHL films with county tax lists. The lists vary by county and year. Most records are between the years of 1846 - 1910.

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, ordered electronically online or download an application for Texas Birth and Death Certificate, Marriage or Divorce Verification Application to mail.

Birth

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Original Birth Records on Microfilm

Marriage

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Original Marriage Records on Microfilm

Death

Online Death Indexes and Records

  • 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.

Original Death Records on Microfilm

Divorce

Societies and Libraries

Leon Co. Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 400
Centerville, TX 75833
903-536-2710[[Image:]]903-536-2710
Hours of operation: 1PM to 4PM Monday through Friday

Family History Centers

Web Sites

  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county


References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Leon County, Texas. Page 668 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. GenDisasters.com - Centerville, TX Leon County Courthouse Fire, Nov 1885 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/17828/centerville-tx-leon-county-courthouse-fire-nov-1885