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Guide to Wichita 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 Wichita Falls
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Contents

County Courthouse

Wichita County Courthouse
900 7th Street PO Box 1679
Wichita Falls, TX 76307-1679
Phone: 940.766.8144 

County Clerk has has incomplete birth records from 1890,
incomplete death records from 1900, marriage, probate
 and land records from 1882; District  Clerk has divorce and
court records[1]

History

The first white settler arrived in 1856.

Parent County

1858--Wichita County was created 1 February 1858 Fannin Land District. County seat: Wichita Falls [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

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. LDS Ward and Branch Records

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  ~  USGenWeb Archives Project

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Wichita 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 Wichita 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, ordered electronically online or download an application for Texas Birth and Death Certificate, Marriage or Divorce Verification Application to mail.


Societies and Libraries

Electra Public Library
401 N Waggoner St
Electra, TX 76360
Phone: (940) 495-2208


Tom Burnett Memorial Library
400 W Alameda St
Iowa Park, TX 76367
Phone: (940) 592-4981


Wichita Falls Public Library
600 11th St
Wichita Falls, TX 76301
Phone: (940) 767-0868

Burkburnett Library
215 E 4th St
Burkburnett, TX 76354
Phone: (940) 569-2991

Family History Centers

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

Web Sites

  • Wichita 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.


References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wichita County, Texas. Page 676 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).