Wise County, Texas Genealogy

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== County Courthouse  ==
== County Courthouse  ==
[[Image:TexasWiseCourthouse.jpg|right|400px|TexasWiseCourthouse.jpg]] Wise county; 200 N Trinity St; PO Box 359; Decatur, TX 76234-0359; Ph. 940.627.3351 Details: (Co Clk has b & d rec from 1903, m rec from 1881, pro rec from 1882, land rec from 1852 & ct rec)
Wise County, Courthouse; <br>200 N Trinity Street; PO Box 359<br> Decatur, TX 76234-0359<br> Phone: 940.627.3351&nbsp;<br><br>County Clerk has birth and death records<br> from 1903, marriage records from 1881, <br>probate records from 1882, land records<br> from 1852 and court records
== History  ==
== History  ==

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County Courthouse

Wise County, Courthouse;
200 N Trinity Street; PO Box 359
Decatur, TX 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


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 [1]

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




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




Vital Records

Marriages and Divorces
Death Records

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers


Family History Library Catalog


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).