Yoakum County, Texas Genealogy

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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txyoakum/YoakumCoBirths.htm Yoakum County Birth Records 1918 - 1925]  
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*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Texas  1850 - 1930
*[http://www.usgwcensus.org/states/texas/ USGenWeb Census Project] ~ Texas  1850 - 1930
== Societies and Libraries  ==
== Societies and Libraries  ==

Revision as of 20:11, 29 March 2013

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

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Yoakum County, Texas
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Location in the state of Texas
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Location of Texas in the U.S.
Founded August 21, 1876
County Seat Plains
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County Courthouse

Yoakum County Courthouse
PO Box 309
Plains, TX 79355
Phone: 806.456.2721 

County Clerk has birth records from 1878, marriage and
death records from 1908, pro rec from 1907, court records
from 1930 and land records from 1898; District Clerk has
divorec records[1]


Parent County

1876--Yoakum County was created 21 August 1876 from Bexar Land District. County seat: Plains [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1926--Yoakum County Courthouse destroyed by fire in December 1926.  All county records were stored in a vault and were saved. [3]

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties






Local Histories

Local histories are available for Yoakum 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.



  • Yoakum County WWII Casualties
  • Military Resources ~ Links to research Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
  • Fallen Heroes  ~  Partial Index of casualties from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors
  • Honoring Our Veterans ~ Partial index of veterans from Civil War to Operation Enduring Freedom ~ Hidden Ancestors




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.

Societies and Libraries

Yoakum County/Cecil Bickley Library
205 W 4th St
Denver City, TX 79323
Phone: (806) 592-2754

Yoakum County Library
910 Ave E
Plains, TX 79355
Phone: (806) 456-8725

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

Family History Centers

Web Sites

  • 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.


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Yoakum 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).
  3. GenDisasters.com - Plains, TX Yoakum County Courthouse Fire, Dec 1926 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/17527/plains-tx-yoakum-county-courthouse-fire-dec-1926