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County Courthouse

Rusk County Court House
PO Box 758;
Henderson, TX 75653;
Phone. 903.657.0330 

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage, land and probate records from 1843, court
records from 1844 and military discharge records from 1917;
District Court has divorce Court has divorce records from 1844


Parent County

1843--Rusk County was created 16 January 1843 fromNacogdoches County. County seat: Henderson [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1878--Courthouse and many county records were destroyed by fire in March 1878.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties






Local Histories


Texas Counties Map. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site

1914 Map of Angelina, Gregg, Harrison, Cherokee, Houston, Nacogdoches, Panola, Rusk, San Augustine, Shelby, Smith & Trinity at





Vital Records

  • Texas Death Index 1964 to 1998 [no images] Name index to Texas Statewide Death Certificates or four million people who have died since 1964.
  • 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.

Societies and Libraries

Rusk County Library
106 East Main Street
Henderson, TX 75652

Rusk County Genealogical Society (non-active)
PO Box 1314
Henderson TX 75653

East Texas Genealogical Society
PO Box 6967
Tyler TX 75711-6967

German-Texan Heritage Society
PO Box 684171
Austin, TX 78768
Eva Barnett
Executive Director

East Texas Research Center
Stephen F. Austin State University
East Texas Research Center
Box 13055, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3055
Phone: (936) 468-4100

The East Texas Research Center is located on the second floor of R. W. Steen Library on the Stephen F. Austin State University Campus.
Regular Hours:
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Special hours for intercessions and university holidays are listed on the Library Hours page. Before making a trip from out of town, it is best to check to be sure the East Texas Research Center will be open.

Henderson Area Chamber of Commerce
201 North Main Street
Henderson, Tx 75652
phone: 903-657-5528 fax: 903-657-9454

National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution
Texas Chapters
Some District IV Chapters:
Nacogdoches Chapter, Nacogdoches, Texas
Major Thaddeus Beall Chapter, Jacksonville, Texas
Mary Tyler Chapter, Tyler, Texas

Daughters of the Republic of Texas
Some District IV Chapters:
John Tilley Edwards Chapter, Longview, Texas
Stone Fort Chapter, Nacogdoches, Texas
Charles G. Davenport Chapter, Tyler, Texas
Fort Houston Chapter, Palestine, Texas

Family History Centers *
Note: These are physical locations, Family History Centers do not respond to mail queries.
* Tyler Texas
1617 Shiloh Road
Tyler, TX 75703-2437
Tyler, Smith County, Texas, United States
Phone: 903-509-8322
Hours: T 10am-2pm, 6:30-8pm; W 6pm-8pm; Th 6:30pm-8pm; Sat 10am-2pm.
* Longview, Texas
1700 Blueridge Parkway
Longview, TX 75605
Longview, Gregg/Harrison County, Texas, United States
Phone: 903-297-1349
Hours: M, Sat 9am-5pm; T-Th 6:30pm-8:30pm; Sat 9am-5pm
* Gilmer Texas
1122 West Pine Street
Gilmer, TX 75644-3238
Gilmer, Upshur County, Texas, United States
Phone: 903-843-5805
Hours: M,T,Th,F 9am-1pm, W 6pm-8pm; Sun 10am-4pm according to staff availability.

Texas State Library and Archives Commission +
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711
+Capitol Complex
1201 Brazos St
Austin, Texas
+The Sam Houston Center
FM 1011 off Hwy 146
Liberty, TX
Monday through Friday 8am-5pm
and Saturday 9am-4pm

Web Sites

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


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).


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