Taylor County, Texas

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

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Founded February 1, 1858
County Seat Abilene
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County Courthouse

Taylor County Courthouse
300 Oak Street
Abilene, TX 79602
Phone: 915.674.1202

County Clerk has marriage, probate and land records[1]

Taylor County has had two county seats:  Buffalo Gap 1878-1883 and Abilene 1883-present.[2]

History

Parent County

1858--Taylor County was created 1 February 1858 from Bexar and Travis Counties. County seat: Abilene [3]

Boundary Changes

See an interactive map of Taylor County boundary changes.

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Abilene | Buffalo Gap | Caps | Potosi | Hamby | Happy Valley | Lawn | Merkel | Ovalo | Potosi | Trent | Tuscola | Tye | View | Wylie

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

Church

Court

Land

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Taylor 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

Military

Newspapers

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


Societies and Libraries

Abilene Public Library
202 Cedar St
Abilene, TX 79601
Phone: (325) 676-6328
Website


Merkel Public Library
100 Kent St
Merkel, TX 79536
Phone: (325) 928-5054


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

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Taylor County, Texas. Page 674 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Handbook of Texas Online: Taylor County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hct02
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).