Wise County, Texas Genealogy

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

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County Courthouse

Wise County Courthouse
200 North Trinity Street PO Box 359
Decatur, Texas 76234-0359
Phone: 940.627.3351 

County Clerk has birth and death records
from 1903, marriage records from 1881,
probate records from 1882, land records
from 1852 and court records[1]


The first white settler arrived in 1854 and the first public school opened in 1855.

Just northwest of Fort Worth and Dallas, in the 1860's, "Wise County had more Indian attacks & kidnappings than any other county in Texas".

In the early days of Wise County there were very large cattle ranches and homestead farms. Starting in the 1880's, coal was mined near the town of Bridgeport. Later limestone rock crushers and gas production became important.

Parent County

1856--Wise County was created 23 January 1856 from Cooke County.
County seat: Decatur [2]

Record Loss

1881--Courthouse and many county records were destroyed by fire.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Alvord | Aurora | Balsora | Boonsville | Boyd | Bridgeport | Chico | Cottondale | Decatur | Greenwood | Lake Bridgeport | New Fairview | Newark | Paradise |Rhome | Runaway Bay | Slidell

Neighboring Counties


Wise County TXGenWeb site






Local Histories

Local histories are available for Wise County, Texas Genealogy. 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.




1960-1989 (most 1970s) Obituaries From Local Papers 4,160 Newspaper clippings online
1910-1975 (only a few in older years) Whole Newspaper Pages - The Bridgeport Index Most years have names indexes
1976-2008 Obituaries From The Bridgeport Index 7,106 Newspaper clippings online
2000-2009 Obituary Text From The Wise County Messenger 5,197 Obituaries with complete text
Recent The Wise County Messenger Link - Decatur paper obituaries
Recent The Bridgeport Index Link - Bridgeport paper obituaries


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.



Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents.

Certified birth and death certificates or birth and death verifications can be ordered online or by mail at the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health. Copies can also be obtained from the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred and are often less expensive. You can also order them online through a third party company.

Marriages records can be obtained from the county the marriage occurred. Only marriage verifications can be obtained from the Texas Vital Records State Department of Health.

See Texas Vital Records for more information about Vital records in Texas.

Marriages and Divorces
Death Records

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers


Family History Library Catalog


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wise 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).