Wise County, Texas

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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  ==
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==== Obituaries  ====
 
==== Obituaries  ====
  
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*[http://www.wisecountytexas.info/deathcerts/recorded_deaths.htm Wise County Recorded Deaths - 1903-1999] 11,324 deaths listed  
 
*[http://www.wisecountytexas.info/deathcerts/recorded_deaths.htm Wise County Recorded Deaths - 1903-1999] 11,324 deaths listed  
 
*[http://www.wisecountytexas.info/funeralrecords/ Wise County Funeral Records in Alphabetical Order] 1914-2001, 19,000 Pages with older images online  
 
*[http://www.wisecountytexas.info/funeralrecords/ Wise County Funeral Records in Alphabetical Order] 1914-2001, 19,000 Pages with older images online  
*[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.<br>  
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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>  
*[http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=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;
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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;
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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*[http://www.bridgeporttxhistorical.org/ Bridgeport Historical Society ]- Bridgeport History &amp; Museum  
 
*[http://www.bridgeporttxhistorical.org/ Bridgeport Historical Society ]- Bridgeport History &amp; Museum  
 
*[http://www.paradisehistoricalsociety.com/ Paradise Historical Society] - Links to Paradise Information
 
*[http://www.paradisehistoricalsociety.com/ Paradise Historical Society] - Links to Paradise Information
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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]]
  
 
== Websites  ==
 
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*[http://www.wisecounty.com/ Wise County on the Web] - Many local links  
 
*[http://www.wisecounty.com/ Wise County on the Web] - Many local links  
 
*[http://www.wisecountytexas.info/drycreekfarms/lake_bridgeport.htm Lake Bridgeport ]- Pictures &amp; links to information  
 
*[http://www.wisecountytexas.info/drycreekfarms/lake_bridgeport.htm Lake Bridgeport ]- Pictures &amp; links to information  
*[http://www.thejonesfamilyfuneralhome.com/ Jones Family Funeral Home],&nbsp;Bridgeport Texas
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*[http://www.thejonesfamilyfuneralhome.com/ Jones Family Funeral Home],&nbsp;Bridgeport Texas  
*[http://www.hawkinsfuneralhome.com/welcome.cfm Hawkins Funeral Homes],&nbsp;Decatur, Bridgeport &amp; Boyd
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*[http://www.hawkinsfuneralhome.com/welcome.cfm Hawkins Funeral Homes],&nbsp;Decatur, Bridgeport &amp; Boyd  
 
*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county.<br>
 
*[http://txgenweb.org/ TXGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select&nbsp;the county.<br>
  

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Contents

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).