Runnels County, Texas Genealogy

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

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Contents

County Courthouse

Runnels County Courthouse
613 Hutchings Avenue
Ballinger, TX 76821
Phone: 325-365-2633

County Clerk - Elesa Ocker
First floor of Courhouse - Room 106
Box 189
Ballinger, TX 76821
Phone: 325-365-2720
Fax: 325-365-3408

Runnels County Government Website

Runnels County Courthouse
PO Box 189
Ballinger, Texas 76821
Phone: 915.365.2720

County Clerk has birth, death and court records from 1903,
marriage, probate and land records from 1880, military
discharge records from 1918 and school census records
1925-1970; District Clerk has divorce records[1]

History

The first white settler arrived in 1862.

Parent County

1858--Runnels County was created 1 February 1858 from Bexar Land District and Travis County. County seat: Ballinger [2]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Runnels County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Ballinger | Miles | Norton | Rowena | Wingate | Winters

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries


Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1880 980
1890 3,193 225.8%
1900 5,379 68.5%
1910 20,858 287.8%
1920 17,074 −18.1%
1930 21,821 27.8%
1940 18,903 −13.4%
1950 16,771 −11.3%
1960 15,016 −10.5%
1970 12,108 −19.4%
1980 11,872 −1.9%
1990 11,294 −4.9%
Source: "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau.
 


Church

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 Runnels 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.

  • Texas Museums  ~  List of all museums in Texas  ~  Hidden Ancestors

Maps

Military

  • Soldiers of WWII  ~  Runnels County TXGenWeb
  • Military Resources ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
  • Fallen Heroes  ~  Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
  • Honoring Our Veterans ~ Partial index of veterans from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors

Newspapers

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

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.

Timeline

1858 County Formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town  Sources
1880 First Census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1880 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1880 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1880 No significant boundry changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990 
1880 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1881 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1903 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

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.


Societies and Libraries

Carnegie Library Of Ballinger
204 N 8th St
Ballinger, TX 76821
Phone: (325) 365-3616
Website


Winters Public Library
120 N Main St
Winters, TX 79567
Phone: (325) 754-4251
Website


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

Web Sites

  • Runnels County TXGenWeb
  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.
  • Hidden Ancestors  Information on Texas genealogy research as well as genealogy research in general.
  • USGenWeb Texas Archives Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records.

Family History Library Catalog

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Runnels County, Texas. Page 672 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).