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Guide to '''Stephens County Texas genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
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[http://www.co.stephens.tx.us/ips/cms Stephens County Courthouse]<br>200 West Walker<br>Breckenridge, Texas 76424 <br>Phone: 254.559.3700
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<br>County Clerk has birth and&nbsp;death records from 1903, <br>marriage&nbsp;records from 1876, probate&nbsp;records from 1886<br>and land records from 1858; District Clerk&nbsp;has divorce <br>and&nbsp;court records<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Stephens County, Texas. Page 674 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
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==== Cemeteries  ====
 
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[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txstephens/cemetery.html Cemeteries] from the Stephens County TXGenWeb site.
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==== Maps  ====
 
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[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txstephens/CivilIndex.html Civil War] [http://www.txgenweb2.org/txstephens/Pension.html Confederate Pensions]&nbsp; [http://www.txgenweb2.org/txstephens/WWI.html WWI]&nbsp; [http://www.txgenweb2.org/txstephens/WWIIBuried.html WWII] information from the Stephens County TXGenWeb site.<br>
  
 
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{{TX Newspaper Abstracts|Stephens}}
  
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[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txstephens/Newspaper.htm Newspapers] from the Stephens County TXGenWeb site.
  
==== Taxation ====
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[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txstephens/Obits.htm Obits] from the Stephens County TXGenWeb site.
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
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*[http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=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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*[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txstephens/MarriageIndex.htm Marriages]from the Stephens County TXGenWeb site.
*[http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=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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*[http://www.txgenweb2.org/txstephens/DeathCerts.htm Death Certificates] from the Stephens County TXGenWeb site.
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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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*[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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*[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/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county.
  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=193924&subject_disp=Texas%2C+Stephens&columns=*,0,0 Family History Library Catalog]
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Guide to Stephens County Texas genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Contents

County Courthouse

Stephens County Courthouse
200 West Walker
Breckenridge, Texas 76424
Phone: 254.559.3700


County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage records from 1876, probate records from 1886
and land records from 1858; District Clerk has divorce
and court records[1]

History

The first white settler arrived in 1857.

Parent County

1858--Stephens County was created 22 January 1858 from Bosque County. It was originally called Buchanan County, until the name changed 17 December 1861. County seat: Breckenridge [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Cemeteries from the Stephens County TXGenWeb site.

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

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Stephens 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.

Maps

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

Military

Civil War Confederate Pensions  WWI  WWII information from the Stephens County TXGenWeb site.

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Stephens County, Texas newspapers in online catalogs like:

Newspapers from the Stephens County TXGenWeb site.

Obituaries

Obits from the Stephens County TXGenWeb site.

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

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), Stephens County, Texas. Page 674 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).