Cochran County, Texas Genealogy

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Guide to Cochran County Texas ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


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Founded August 21, 1876
County Seat Morton
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County Information


County Courthouse

Cochran County Courthouse
Courthouse
Morton, TX 79346
Phone: 806.266.5450

Cochran County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1924 1924 1900 1924 1924


County Clerk has birth, death, divorce, probate
and court records from 1926, marriage records
from 1924 and land records from 1884[1]

County and District Clerk

100 N. Main, Rm 102
Morton 79346
Phone: 806-266-5450
Fax: 806-266-9027

History

Parent County

Local histories are available for Cochran 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.

1876--Cochran County was created 21 August 1876 from Bexar Land District.

  • County seat: Morton [2]

The county was named for Robert Cochran, (1810-1836). Robert E. Cochran, Alamo defender, was born in New Jersey in 1810. He probably lived in Boston and then in New Orleans before immigrating to Texas in 1835.

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places / Localities

Populated Places

Towns and Cities: | Bledsoe | Morton | Whiteface |

Neighboring Counties

Bailey  • Hockley  • Lamb  • Lea County, New Mexico  • Roosevelt County, New Mexico  • Terry  • Yoakum

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Resources

African American

Cemeteries

Cemetery records often reveal birth, marriage, death, relationship, military, and religious information.

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
FindAGrave Family History Library FindAGrave
TX Gravestones WorldCat Tombstone Project
Billion Graves (name) Cemeteries of TX
Archives Texas Cemeteries
Billion Graves (cemetery) Linkpendium
TXGenWeb Cemeteries
Names in Stone
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
190025
191065160.0%
1920673.1%
19301,9632,829.9%
19403,73590.3%
19505,92858.7%
19606,4178.2%
19705,326−17.0%
19804,825−9.4%
19904,377−9.3%
20003,730−14.8%
20103,127−16.2%

Churches

Court

Land

After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions, including deeds and mortgages, have been recorded by the county. You can obtain copies of these land records by writing to the county clerk at the county courthouse. For more information, see Texas Land and Property.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists microfilm copies of deeds, trust deeds, and mortgages of many counties.


Naturalization and Citizenship

Maps

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Military

  • 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
Civil War

Online Records

World War I

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Cochran County, Texas Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

TX Newspaper Abstracts (For instructions see WorldCat Online Catalog).

Obituaries

Probate

Online Probate Records

Taxation

Texas tax records complement land records and can be used in place of censuses or to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information, see the wiki page Texas Taxation.

1846-1910 Texas County Tax Rolls lists FHL films with county tax lists. The lists vary by county and year. Most records are between the years of 1846 - 1910.

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.

Birth

Online Birth Indexes and Records

Marriage

Online Marriage Indexes and Records

Death

Online Death Indexes and Records

Divorce

Societies and Libraries

Cochran County Love Memorial Library
318 S Main St
Morton, TX 79346
Telephone Number: 806-266-5051


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

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Websites

  • TXGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the county.
  • FamilySearch Catalog The catalog is genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) This catalog is different than the indexed Historical Records.

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cochran County, Texas. Page 661 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).