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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties M|Counties M]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Mills County'' <br>
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Genealogy|Texas]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] [[Texas Counties M|Counties M]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png|go to]] Mills County'' <br>  
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Guide to '''Mills County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
  
 
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| county = Mills County
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| founded year = 1887
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| founded date = March 15
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| seat = Goldthwaite
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== County Courthouse<br>  ==
 
== County Courthouse<br>  ==
  
[http://www.co.mills.tx.us/ips/cms Mills County Courthouse]<br> PO Box 646<br> Goldthwaite, Texas 76844-0646<br> Phone: 915.648.2711<br><br>County Clerk has birth and death records<br> from 1903, marriage, divorce, probate,<br> court and land records from 1887<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mills County, Texas. Page 670 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>
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[http://www.co.mills.tx.us/ips/cms Mills County Courthouse]<br> P.O. Box 646<br> Goldthwaite, Texas 76844-0646<br> Phone: 325-648-2711<br>Fax: 325-648-3251 <br><br>County Clerk has birth and death records<br> from 1903, marriage, divorce, probate,<br> court and land records from 1887<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mills County, Texas. Page 670 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>
 
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== Courthouse<br>  ==
 
== Courthouse<br>  ==
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Mills County has had only two Courthouses.&nbsp; The first courthouse was built in 1890, the year after Goldthwaite became the county seat. The courthouse burned in 1912 and the present Mills County Courthouse was built in 1913.  
 
Mills County has had only two Courthouses.&nbsp; The first courthouse was built in 1890, the year after Goldthwaite became the county seat. The courthouse burned in 1912 and the present Mills County Courthouse was built in 1913.  
  
*Mills County Courthouse<br>P.O. Box 483<br>Goldthwaite, Texas 76844<br>Phone: 325-648-2222<br>Fax: 325-648-2806
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Mills County Courthouse<br>County Clerk's Office - Carolyn Foster<br>P.O. Box 646<br>Goldthwaite, Texas 76844<br>Phone: 325-648-2711<br>Fax: 325-648-3251
*County Clerk's Office - Carolyn Foster<br>P.O. Box 646<br>Goldthwaite, Texas 76844<br>Phone: 325-648-2711<br>Fax: 325-648-3251<br>
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*[http://www.co.mills.tx.us/ips/cms Mills County Government website]<br>
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[http://www.co.mills.tx.us/ips/cms Mills County Government website]
  
 
''Inventory of the county archives of Texas&nbsp;: Mills County, no. 167.'' Inventory of records of Mills County housed in the Mills County Courthouse as of 1936. [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth25262 Digital book on line] from The Portal to Texas History.  
 
''Inventory of the county archives of Texas&nbsp;: Mills County, no. 167.'' Inventory of records of Mills County housed in the Mills County Courthouse as of 1936. [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth25262 Digital book on line] from The Portal to Texas History.  
  
''Inventory of county records, Mills County Courthouse, Goldthwaite, Texas,'' 1981. Inventory of records housed in the Mills County Courthouse in Goldthwaite, Texas. Describes the records of the County Clerk: as Secretary for Commissioners Court, County Clerk: as Recorder, County Clerk: as Reporter for County Court, District Clerk, Tax Assessor-Collector, Justice of the Peace, Sheriff, County Judge, and County Treasurer. Also provides an index. [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth25191 Digital book on line] from The Portal to Texas History.  
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''Inventory of county records, Mills County Courthouse, Goldthwaite, Texas,'' 1981. Inventory of records housed in the Mills County Courthouse in Goldthwaite, Texas. Describes the records of the County Clerk: as Secretary for Commissioners Court, County Clerk: as Recorder, County Clerk: as Reporter for County Court, District Clerk, Tax Assessor-Collector, Justice of the Peace, Sheriff, County Judge, and County Treasurer. Also provides an index. [http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth25191 Digital book on line] from The Portal to Texas History.
  
 
== <br>History  ==
 
== <br>History  ==
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The first white settlers arrived in 1856 and established Hanna Valley.&nbsp;  
 
The first white settlers arrived in 1856 and established Hanna Valley.&nbsp;  
  
Mills county was formed from [[Brown County, Texas|Brown]], [[Comanche County, Texas|Comanche]], [[Hamilton County, Texas|Hamilton]], and [[Lampasas County, Texas|Lampasas]] Counties in 1887. The county was named in honor of John T. Mills, a early Judge, who successively held the judgeship of the Third, Seventh, and Eighth Judicial districts. Mills county Court house is located in Goldthwaite, Texas. According to the Mills County Historical The town was named for Joe G. Goldthwaite, the railroad official who conducted the auction of town lots. <br><br>  
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Mills county was formed from [[Brown County, Texas Genealogy|Brown]], [[Comanche County, Texas Genealogy|Comanche]], [[Hamilton County, Texas Genealogy|Hamilton]], and [[Lampasas County, Texas Genealogy|Lampasas]] Counties in 1887. The county was named in honor of John T. Mills, a early Judge, who successively held the judgeship of the Third, Seventh, and Eighth Judicial districts. Mills county Court house is located in Goldthwaite, Texas. According to the Mills County Historical The town was named for Joe G. Goldthwaite, the railroad official who conducted the auction of town lots. <br><br>  
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1887--'''Mills County was created 15 March 1887 from [[Comanche County, Texas|Comanche]], [[Brown County, Texas|Brown]], [[Hamilton County, Texas|Hamilton]], and [[Lampasas County, Texas|Lampasas]] Counties. '''County seat:''' Goldthwaite <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1887--'''Mills County was created 15 March 1887 from [[Comanche County, Texas Genealogy|Comanche]], [[Brown County, Texas Genealogy|Brown]], [[Hamilton County, Texas Genealogy|Hamilton]], and [[Lampasas County, Texas Genealogy|Lampasas]] Counties. '''County seat:''' Goldthwaite <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
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== Places / Localities  ==
 
== Places / Localities  ==
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'''Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog'''
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Mills, Ebony|place|disp=Ebony}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Mills, Goldthwaite|place|disp=Goldthwaite}}
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*{{FHL|United States, Texas, Mills, Mullin|place|disp=Mullin}}
  
 
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==== Populated Places  ====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Brown County, Texas|Brown]]  
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[[Brown County, Texas Genealogy|Brown]] {{•}} 
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[[Comanche County, Texas Genealogy|Comanche]] {{•}} 
*[[Hamilton County, Texas|Hamilton]]  
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[[Hamilton County, Texas Genealogy|Hamilton]] {{•}} 
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[[Lampasas County, Texas Genealogy|Lampasas]] {{•}} 
*[[San Saba County, Texas|San Saba]]
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[[San Saba County, Texas Genealogy|San Saba]]
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
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==== African American ====
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1989155 Freedmen's Bureau Field Office Records, 1865-1870](images) - FamilySearch<br>
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/millstx/cemlisting.html Mills County Cemetery List] - Mills County TXGenWeb  
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Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html TX Tombstone Project&nbsp;] -&nbsp; TXGenWeb<br>
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*''Goldthwaite Memorial Cemetery'' Book (formerly known as the I.O.O.F. Cemetery). [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmcthc/GW-Cemetery.html Available from the Mills County Historical Commission]<br>
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*''Mills County Cemeteries'', 2004.&nbsp; (Excludes Goldthwaite Memorial Cemetery) Book available from the [http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmcthc/ Mills County Historical Commission]
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*''Buffalo-Ebony Cemetery,'' Mills County, 62 page booklet, burial list updated Sept 2002. [http://www.browncountyhistory.org/books.html Available from the Brown County Historical Society]
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/millstx/millscemeteryindex Mills County Cemetery List] - Mills County TXGenWeb  
*Blanket Springs Cemetery in Mills County is included ''Rural Cemetery Inscriptions of Brown County Supplement'' updated 1970-2002. [http://www.browncountyhistory.org/books.html Available from the Brown County Historical Society]
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*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html TX Tombstone Project] - TXGenWeb  
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*Goldthwaite Memorial Cemetery Book (formerly known as the I.O.O.F. Cemetery). Available from the Mills County Historical Commission  
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*Mills County Cemeteries, 2004. (Excludes Goldthwaite Memorial Cemetery) Book available from the Mills County Historical Commission  
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*Buffalo-Ebony Cemetery, Mills County, 62 page booklet, burial list updated Sept 2002. Available from the Brown County Historical Society  
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*Blanket Springs Cemetery in Mills County is included Rural Cemetery Inscriptions of Brown County Supplement updated 1970-2002. Available from the Brown County Historical Society<br>
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| bgcolor="#eddffb" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3ACemeteries+Texas+Mills+County.&qt=notfound_page&search=Search WorldCat]
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[http://www.namesinstone.com/CemeteryList.aspx Names in Stone]
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[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/texas/texas.html USGenWeb]  
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[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery=undefined&action=search_cemetery Billion Graves ]
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[http://billiongraves.com/pages/search/index.php#cemetery Billion Graves]
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[http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Wtx/Mills/ListMills.html Cemeteries of Texas]<br>
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
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==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
  
[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/millstx/church.html Churches of Mills County]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Mills County TXGenWeb  
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{{TX Church Intro}}
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/millstx/church.html Churches of Mills County]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Mills County TXGenWeb
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{TX Land}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{TX County Histories}}
  
 
*[http://www.startexasmuseum.org/ Star Historical Museum]  
 
*[http://www.startexasmuseum.org/ Star Historical Museum]  
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==== Maps  ====
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[[Image:Txmills.jpg|600px|Txmills.jpg]]
  
 
*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site  
 
*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site  
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==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*1838 - 1900 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2059 Texas Muster Roll Index Cards 1838-1900] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*1845 - 1848 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2058 US American Volunteer Soldiers Mexican War 1845-1848] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1932381 Civil War Service Records of Confederate Soldiers],&nbsp; 1861-1865 - FamilySearch<br>
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1932425 Texas, Civil War Service Records of Union Soldiers], 1861-1865 - FamilySearch<br>
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*[https://www.tsl.texas.gov/apps/arc/pensions/ Confederate Pension Applications] ~ Texas State Library and Archives Commission
  
 
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==== Newspapers  ====
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Mills}}
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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{{TX Probate Intro}}
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2016287 Texas, Probate Records, 1800-1990] (images) - FamilySearch<br>
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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{{TX Tax Intro}}
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/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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{{TX Vital Intro}}
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''Online Birth Indexes and Records''
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1803956 Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1935] (images and index) - FamilySearch<br>
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949342 Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997&nbsp;] (index)-&nbsp; FamilySearch<br>
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1681015 Texas, Births and Christenings, 1840-1981] - FamilySearch<br>
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''Original Birth Records on Microfilm''
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===== Marriage  =====
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''Online Marriage Indexes and Records''
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/millstx/Records.htm Affidavit for Marriage 1893 - 1906]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Mills County TXGenWeb<br>
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1803987 Texas, County Marriage Index, 1837-1977 ]&nbsp;- &nbsp;FamilySearch records collection''<br>''
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1681052 Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973&nbsp;]&nbsp; &nbsp;- &nbsp;FamilySearch record collection
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/2031191 Texas, Marriages, 1966-2010]&nbsp; &nbsp;- &nbsp;FamilySearch record collection
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*1814 - 1909 and 1966 - 2011 [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8795 Texas Marriage Collection 1814-1909 and 1966-2011] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index $
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''Original Marriage Records on Microfilm''
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===== Death  =====
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''Online Death Indexes and Records''
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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.  
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/millstx/Records.htm Affidavit for Marriage 1893 - 1906]&nbsp; -&nbsp; Mills County TXGenWeb
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*[https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1949337 ''Texas, Death Index, 1903-2000''] (index) - FamilySearch<br>
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/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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*1977 - 1986 {{RecordSearch|1930157|Texas Deaths 1977-1986}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
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''Original Death Records on Microfilm''
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===== Divorce  =====
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*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/Texas/texas_divorce_records.htm Texas Divorce Records&nbsp; 1968 - 2005]&nbsp;&nbsp; (index)&nbsp; -&nbsp; Hidden Ancestors
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*1968-2010 {{RecordSearch|2038378|Texas Divorce Index 1968-2010}} at [https://familysearch.org/ FamilySearch.org] — index
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmcthc/ Mills County Historical Commission]
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Comanche Public Library<br>
*[http://www.jtdlibrary.net/ Jennie Trent Dew Library] - Goldthwaite
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311 N. Austin Street<br>Comanche, Texas 76442<br>
*[http://www.startexasmuseum.org/ Star Historical Museum] Star, Texas
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325-356-2122<br>
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[http://comanchepubliclibrary.com/index.html Comanche Public Library]<br><br>
  
==== Family History Centers<br> ====
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Mills County Historical Commission<br>
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Mills County Courthouse<br>
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P.O. Box 483<br>
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Goldthwaite, Mills County, Texas 76844<br>
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[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmcthc/ Mills County Historical Commission] <br><br>
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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Jennie Trent Dew Library<br>
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1113 FIsher Street<br>
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Goldthwaite, Texas 76844<br>
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325-648-2447<br>
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[http://www.jtdlibrary.net/ Jennie Trent Dew Library]<br><br>
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==== Family History Center ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/millstx/ Mills County] - Mills County TXGenWeb site  
 
*[http://www.hiddenancestors.com/millstx/ Mills County] - Mills County TXGenWeb site  
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*[http://www3.historictexas.net/mills-county/mills-county-texas Mills County] at HistoricTexas.net
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/mills/millstoc.htm USGenWeb Archives] - Mills County  
 
*[http://www.usgwarchives.net/tx/mills/millstoc.htm USGenWeb Archives] - Mills County  
*[http://goldthwaite.biz/ Mill County Chamber of Commerce]  
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*[http://www.millscountychamber.com/ Mill County Chamber of Commerce]  
 
*[http://www.centex.net/~city/ City of Goldthwaite website]  
 
*[http://www.centex.net/~city/ City of Goldthwaite website]  
*[http://txgenweb.org/ TEXAS GenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county  
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*[http://txgenweb.org/ Texas TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county  
*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Mills|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*{{FHL|Texas%2C+Mills|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
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*A wiki article describing an online collection is &nbsp;found at [[Texas, Mills County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Texas, Mills County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]
'''A wiki article describing an online collection is &nbsp;found at:'''
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[[Texas, Mills County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)|Texas, Mills County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)]]  
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County Courthouse

Mills County Courthouse
P.O. Box 646
Goldthwaite, Texas 76844-0646
Phone: 325-648-2711
Fax: 325-648-3251

County Clerk has birth and death records
from 1903, marriage, divorce, probate,
court and land records from 1887[1]

Courthouse

Mills County has had only two Courthouses.  The first courthouse was built in 1890, the year after Goldthwaite became the county seat. The courthouse burned in 1912 and the present Mills County Courthouse was built in 1913.

Mills County Courthouse
County Clerk's Office - Carolyn Foster
P.O. Box 646
Goldthwaite, Texas 76844
Phone: 325-648-2711
Fax: 325-648-3251

Mills County Government website

Inventory of the county archives of Texas : Mills County, no. 167. Inventory of records of Mills County housed in the Mills County Courthouse as of 1936. Digital book on line from The Portal to Texas History.

Inventory of county records, Mills County Courthouse, Goldthwaite, Texas, 1981. Inventory of records housed in the Mills County Courthouse in Goldthwaite, Texas. Describes the records of the County Clerk: as Secretary for Commissioners Court, County Clerk: as Recorder, County Clerk: as Reporter for County Court, District Clerk, Tax Assessor-Collector, Justice of the Peace, Sheriff, County Judge, and County Treasurer. Also provides an index. Digital book on line from The Portal to Texas History.


History

The first white settlers arrived in 1856 and established Hanna Valley. 

Mills county was formed from Brown, Comanche, Hamilton, and Lampasas Counties in 1887. The county was named in honor of John T. Mills, a early Judge, who successively held the judgeship of the Third, Seventh, and Eighth Judicial districts. Mills county Court house is located in Goldthwaite, Texas. According to the Mills County Historical The town was named for Joe G. Goldthwaite, the railroad official who conducted the auction of town lots.

Parent County

1887--Mills County was created 15 March 1887 from Comanche, Brown, Hamilton, and Lampasas Counties. County seat: Goldthwaite [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1912 -- The Mills County Courthouse, built in 1889, burned on May 5, 1912.  No records were lost in the fire. [3]

Places / Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Mills County Seat - Goldthwaite

Caradan
Center City
Democrat
Ebony
Mount Olive
Mullin
Priddy
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Resources

African American

Cemeteries

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


  • Mills County Cemetery List - Mills County TXGenWeb
  • TX Tombstone Project - TXGenWeb
  • Goldthwaite Memorial Cemetery Book (formerly known as the I.O.O.F. Cemetery). Available from the Mills County Historical Commission
  • Mills County Cemeteries, 2004. (Excludes Goldthwaite Memorial Cemetery) Book available from the Mills County Historical Commission
  • Buffalo-Ebony Cemetery, Mills County, 62 page booklet, burial list updated Sept 2002. Available from the Brown County Historical Society
  • Blanket Springs Cemetery in Mills County is included Rural Cemetery Inscriptions of Brown County Supplement updated 1970-2002. Available from the Brown County Historical Society



Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Findagrave.com

Family History Library

Findagrave.com


WorldCat

Names in Stone

USGenWeb


Billion Graves

Billion Graves


Cemeteries of Texas



Names in Stone



See Texas Cemeteries for more information.


Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1890 5,493
1900 7,851 42.9%
1910 9,694 23.5%
1920 9,019 −7.0%
1930 8,293 −8.0%
1940 7,951 −4.1%
1950 5,999 −24.6%
1960 4,467 −25.5%
1970 4,212 −5.7%
1980 4,477 6.3%
1990 4,531 1.2%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.


















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 Mills 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.

Maps

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Military

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Mills 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

Original Death Records on Microfilm

Divorce

Societies and Libraries

Comanche Public Library
311 N. Austin Street
Comanche, Texas 76442
325-356-2122
Comanche Public Library

Mills County Historical Commission
Mills County Courthouse
P.O. Box 483
Goldthwaite, Mills County, Texas 76844
Mills County Historical Commission

Jennie Trent Dew Library
1113 FIsher Street
Goldthwaite, Texas 76844
325-648-2447
Jennie Trent Dew Library



Family History Center

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See Family History Centers for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mills County, Texas. Page 670 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 Goldthwaite, TX Mills County Courthouse Fire, May 1912 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/18203/goldthwaite-tx-mills-county-courthouse-fire-may-1912
Texas, Mills County Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

 

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