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

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Founded August 21, 1876
County Seat Stratford
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Contents

County Courthouse

Sherman County Courthouse
701 N 3rd; PO Box 270
Stratford, TX 79084
Phone: 806.396.2371 

County Clerk has birth, death, probate and court 
records court records from 1903, marriage and land 
records from 1901, burial records from 1895, divorce
records from 1914 and commission court minutes
from 1889[1]

History

Parent County

1876--Sherman County was created 21 August 1876 from Bexar Land District. County seat: Stratford [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries


Census

1890 Sherman County Census  ~  statistics only

1900 Federal Census ~ transcription


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 Family History Library Catalog lists microfilm copies of deeds, trust deeds, and mortgages of many counties.

Original Land Owners of Texas

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Sherman 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.

God, Grass & Grit : History of the Sherman Trade Area, Vol. I
compiled and edited by Marylou McDaniel
(Hereford, Texas: Pioneer Book Publishers, Inc., 1971)

God, Grass & Grit : History of the Sherman Trade Area, Vol. II
compiled and edited by Marilyn Albert
(Seagraves, Texas: Pioneer Book Publishers, Inc., 1975)

God, Grass & Grit : History of the Sherman Trade Area, Vol. III
compiled and edited by Marilyn Albert Harkins
(Mt. Vernon, Ind.: Windmill Publications, 2000)

Ask your local library about borrowing these books through interlibrary loan, or contact:
Sherman County Depot Museum
Hwy 54 & Main
Stratford, TX 79084
(806) 396-2852


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

Maps

Military

Newspapers

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

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 or ordered electronically online


Societies and Libraries

Sherman County Public Library
719 N Main
Stratford, TX 79084
Phone: (806) 366-2200
Website

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

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Sherman County, Texas. Page 673 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).

 

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