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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
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[http://www.co.wise.tx.us/ Wise County Courthouse]<br>200 North Trinity Street PO Box 359<br> Decatur, Texas 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<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wise County, Texas. Page 676 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
 
The first white settler arrived in 1854 and the first public school opened in 1855.  
 
The first white settler arrived in 1854 and the first public school opened in 1855.  
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Just northwest of Fort Worth and Dallas, in the 1860's,&nbsp;"Wise County had more Indian attacks &amp; kidnappings&nbsp;than any other county in Texas".
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In the early days of Wise County there were very large cattle ranches and homestead farms. Starting&nbsp;in the 1880's,&nbsp;coal was mined near the town of Bridgeport. Later limestone rock crushers and gas production became important.
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
 
'''1856--'''Wise County was created 23 January 1856 from [[Cooke County, Texas|Cooke ]]County. <br>'''County seat:''' Decatur <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
 
'''1856--'''Wise County was created 23 January 1856 from [[Cooke County, Texas|Cooke ]]County. <br>'''County seat:''' Decatur <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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Alvord | Aurora | Balsora | Boonsville | Boyd | Bridgeport | Chico | Cottondale | Decatur | Greenwood | Lake Bridgeport | New Fairview | Newark | Paradise |Rhome | Runaway Bay | Slidell
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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*[[Tarrant County, Texas|Tarrant]]
 
*[[Tarrant County, Texas|Tarrant]]
  
== '''<u>Wise County Free Genealogy Research Resources</u>''' ==
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== Resources  ==
  
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[http://www.wisecountytexas.info/genweb/ Wise County TXGenWeb site]  
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== [http://www.wisecountytexas.info/genweb/ TX GenWeb - Wise County Texas] ==
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==== Cemeteries  ====
  
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*[http://www.wisecountytexas.info/cemeteries/headstone%20info.htm Alphabetical Headstone Listings for Wise County, 1850-2010] 31,537 Names with headstone pictures online
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*[http://www.wisecountytexas.info/cemeteries/cem_info.htm Wise County Cemetery Location, Maps &amp; Information] 101 Cemeteries in Wise County
  
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==== Census  ====
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= Births =
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*'''1860-1930''' -- [http://www.wisecountytexas.info/census/images_of_pages.htm Wise County Census Images] LARGE images of all year's pages
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*'''1860''' -- [http://www.wisecountytexas.info/census/1860.htm 1860 Census Transcription] All of Wise County Transcribed with Additional Information, 3,034 names with index
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*'''1870-1910''' -- [http://www.wisecountytexas.info/census/ Wise County Census Indexes of Last Names Only]
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*'''1900-1910''' -- [http://www.wisecountytexas.info/census/ Wise County 1900 &amp; 1910 Census] Transcriptions &amp; Index of Names, Southwest corner of Wise County only
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*'''1920''' -- [http://www.wisecountytexas.info/census/1920.htm 1920 Census] All of Wise County Transcribed with Additional Information, 23,117 names with index
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*'''1930''' -- [http://www.wisecountytexas.info/census/1930.htm 1930 Census] All of Wise County Transcribed with Additional Information, 19,202 names with index (population was less)
  
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==== Church  ====
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| 1864-1933
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| [http://www.wisecountytexas.info/births/birth_records.htm Recorded Births &amp; Birth Certificates]
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| Data of 19,202 births with 9,500 certificates online.
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| 1926-2009
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| [http://www.wisecountytexas.info/births/ Birth&nbsp;Statistics and Announcements]
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| We no&nbsp;longer have online. Sent on request.
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| 2003-present&nbsp;
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| [http://www.wcmessenger.com/lifestyle/all_newarrivals.php Wise County Messenger Newspaper]
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| Birth announcements online
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==== Court  ====
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= Marriages/Divorces =
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==== Land  ====
  
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==== Local Histories  ====
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| 1881-1945
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| [http://www.wisecountytexas.info/misc%20genealogy/old_marriages.htm Bride &amp; Groom &amp; Date of Marriage]
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| 14,976 Listings
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| 1966-2001
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| [http://www.wisecountytexas.info/misc%20genealogy/mr_1966-2001.htm Bride &amp; Groom &amp; Date of Marriage]
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| 10,527 Listings
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| 2000-2009
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| [http://www.wisecountytexas.info/misc%20genealogy/mr_announce.htm Wedding Announcements from The Wise County Messenger Newspaper]
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| 1,520 With Complete Text
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| 1968-2001
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| [http://www.wisecountytexas.info/misc%20genealogy/divor.htm Divorces With Marriage Dates &amp; Number of Children]
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| 5,904 Records
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==== Maps  ====
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= Census =
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*[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the TXGenWeb site.
  
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==== Newspapers  ====
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| 1860-1930
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| [http://www.wisecountytexas.info/census/images_of_pages.htm Images of Actual Census Pages]
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| LARGE images of all year's pages
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| 1860
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| [http://www.wisecountytexas.info/census/1860.htm All of Wise County Transcribed with Additional Information]
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| 3,034 names with index
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| 1870-1910
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| [http://www.wisecountytexas.info/census/ Indexes of Last Names Only]
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| 1900&amp;1910
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| [http://www.wisecountytexas.info/census/ Transcriptions &amp; Index of Names]
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| Southwest corner of Wise County only
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| 1920
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| [http://www.wisecountytexas.info/census/1920.htm All of Wise County Transcribed with Additional Information]
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| 23,117 names with index
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| 1930
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| [http://www.wisecountytexas.info/census/1930.htm All of Wise County Transcribed with Additional Information]
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| 19,202 names with index (population was less)
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{| style="width: 597px; height: 37px" border="1" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" width="597" align="center"
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*[http://www.wcmessenger.com/ Wise County Messenger]
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*[http://www.wisecountytexas.info/bridgeportindex/old_papers.htm ''Bridgeport Index ''Newspaper 1910-1975] 15,377 images of pages with names indexed.
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= Old Newspapers =
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==== Obituaries  ====
 
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| 1910-1975
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| [http://www.wisecountytexas.info/bridgeportindex/old_papers.htm ''Bridgeport Index ''Newspaper]
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| 15,377 images of pages with names indexed
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= Death Records =
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| 1850-2010
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| [http://www.wisecountytexas.info/cemeteries/headstone%20info.htm Alphabetical Headstone Listings for Whole County]
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| 31,537 Names with headstone pictures online
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| 2002
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| [http://www.wisecountytexas.info/cemeteries/cem_info.htm Cemetery Location, Maps &amp; Inforamtion]
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| 101 Cemeteries in Wise County
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| bgcolor="#cc9900" align="center" | Funeral Home Records
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| 1914-2001
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| [http://www.wisecountytexas.info/funeralrecords/ Records in Alphabetical Order]
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| 19,000 Pages with older images online
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| Recent
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| [[Jones Family Funeral Home|Jones Family Funeral Home]]
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| Link - Bridgeport Texas
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| [http://www.hawkinsfuneralhome.com/welcome.cfm Hawkins Funeral Homes]
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| Link - Decatur, Bridgeport &amp; Boyd
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| bgcolor="#9966ff" align="center" | Death Certificates &amp; Recorded Deaths
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| 1903-1966
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| [http://www.wisecountytexas.info/deathcerts/death_certificates.htm Death Certificates Online]
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| 7,904 Images online
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| 1903-1999
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| [http://www.wisecountytexas.info/deathcerts/recorded_deaths.htm Wise County Recorded Deaths]
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| 11,324 Listed
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| 1960-1989 (most 1970s)  
 
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==== Probate  ====
 
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Church
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Court
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Land
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==== Schools  ====
  
Local Histories
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*[http://www.wisecountytexas.info/misc%20genealogy/schools.htm Old School Pictures &amp; Yearbooks 1900s-1970s] Indexed class pictures &amp; yearbooks.
  
Maps
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==== Taxation  ====
  
[http://www.txgenweb.org/tx/txmap.htm Texas Counties Map]. Click on the county to go to the Texas Genweb site
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==== Vital Records  ====
  
Military
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===== Births  =====
  
Newspapers
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*[http://www.wisecountytexas.info/births/birth_records.htm Wise County Recorded Births &amp; Birth Certificates, 1864-1933] Data of 19,202 births with 9,500 certificates online.
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*[http://www.wisecountytexas.info/births/ Birth,Statistics and Announcements 1926-2009] No longer have online. Sent on request.
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*[http://www.wcmessenger.com/lifestyle/all_newarrivals.php Wise County Messenger Newspaper] Birth announcements 2003-present online
  
Probate
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===== Marriages and Divorces  =====
  
Taxation
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*[http://www.wisecountytexas.info/misc%20genealogy/old_marriages.htm Wise County Marriages 1881-1945] Bride &amp; Groom &amp; Date of Marriage,14,976 Listings
  
Vital Records
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*[http://www.wisecountytexas.info/misc%20genealogy/mr_1966-2001.htm Wise County Marriages 1866-2001] Bride &amp; Groom &amp; Date of Marriage,10,527 Listings
  
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*[http://www.wisecountytexas.info/misc%20genealogy/mr_announce.htm Wedding Announcements from The Wise County Messenger Newspaper 2000-2009] 1,520 with Complete Text
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*[http://www.wisecountytexas.info/misc%20genealogy/divor.htm Wise County Divorces 1968-2001] Divorces With Marriage Dates &amp; Number of Children, 5,904 Records
  
[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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===== Death Records  =====
  
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*[http://www.wisecountytexas.info/deathcerts/death_certificates.htm Wise County Death Certificates Online - 1903-1966] 7,904 images online
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*[http://www.wisecountytexas.info/deathcerts/recorded_deaths.htm Wise County Recorded Deaths - 1903-1999] 11,324 deaths listed
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*[http://www.wisecountytexas.info/funeralrecords/ Wise County Funeral Records in Alphabetical Order] 1914-2001, 19,000 Pages with older images online
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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.<br>  
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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]] 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.&nbsp;
  
[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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== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
Societies and Libraries
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*[http://wisehistory.com/ Wise County Historical Society ]- Museum in Decatur
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*[http://www.bridgeporttxhistorical.org/ Bridgeport Historical Society ]- Bridgeport History &amp; Museum
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*[http://www.paradisehistoricalsociety.com/ Paradise Historical Society] - Links to Paradise Information
  
Websites
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==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
  
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*[[Decatur Texas Family History Center]]
  
[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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== Websites  ==
  
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*[http://www.wisecounty.com/ Wise County on the Web] - Many local links
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*[http://www.wisecountytexas.info/drycreekfarms/lake_bridgeport.htm Lake Bridgeport ]- Pictures &amp; links to information
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*[http://www.thejonesfamilyfuneralhome.com/ Jones Family Funeral Home],&nbsp;Bridgeport Texas
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*[http://www.hawkinsfuneralhome.com/welcome.cfm Hawkins Funeral Homes],&nbsp;Decatur, Bridgeport &amp; Boyd
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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.<br>
  
[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=194063&subject_disp=Texas%2C+Wise&columns=*,0,0 Family History Library Catalog]
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{{FHL|Texas%2C+Wise|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
  
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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]

History

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

Resources

Wise County TXGenWeb site

Cemeteries

Census

Church

Court

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Newspapers

Obituaries

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

Schools

Taxation

Vital Records

Births
Marriages and Divorces
Death Records

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Websites

Family History Library Catalog

References

  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).