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Guide to Coryell 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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Coryell County, Texas
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Facts
Founded 4 February, 1854
County Seat Gatesville
Courthouse
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Address Coryell County Courthouse
PO Box 237
Gatesville, TX 76528
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County Information


County Courthouse

Coryell County Courthouse
PO Box 237
Gatesville, TX 76528
Phone: 254.865.5016

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1903,
marriage, probate and court and land records from 1854[1]

County Clerk

P.O. Box 237
Gatesville 76528
Phone: 254-865-5911
Fax: 254-865-8631

District Clerk

P.O. Box 4
Gatesville 76528
Phone: 254-865-5911 ext. 291
Fax: 254-865-5064


Coryell County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1867 1854 1860 1854 1854


History

Parent County

1854--Coryell County was created 4 February 1854 from Bell and McLennan Counties.

  • County seat: Gatesville [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

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

Places/Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Arnett | Ater | Bee House (Boyd's Cove) | Cavitt | Copperas Cove | Coryell City (Rainey's Creek) | Evant (Langford Cove - part in Hamilton County)| Flat | Fort Gates | Fort Hood | Gatesville | Ireland | Jonesboro (part in Hamilton County) | King | Leon Junction | Levita | Mound | Mountain | Oglesby | Osage | Pancake | Pearl | Pidcoke | Purmela | South Mountain | South Purmelia | The Grove | Topsey | Turnersville | Whitson

Former Communities

Henson's Creek | Spring Hill | Station Creek | Turnover | Lincolnville

Neighboring Counties

Bell  • Bosque  • Hamilton  • Lampasas  • McLennan

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Resources

Cemeteries

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

Online Grave Transcripts Published Grave Transcripts County Cemetery Directories

Findagrave.com

Family History Library

Findagrave.com

Interment.net

WorldCat

Names in Stone

USGenWeb


Billion Graves

Billion Graves


Cemeteries of Texas



Names in Stone



See Texas Cemeteries for more information.


Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18602,666
18704,12454.7%
188010,924164.9%
189016,87354.5%
190021,30826.3%
191021,7031.9%
192020,601−5.1%
193019,999−2.9%
194020,2261.1%
195016,284−19.5%
196023,96147.1%
197035,31147.4%
198056,76760.8%
199064,21313.1%
200074,97816.8%
201075,3880.5%


Church

Court

  • 1861, 1868-1870 Court Dockets from the Coryell County TXGenWeb site

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

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Coryell 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.

  • History of Coryell County, 1965 by Zelma Scott.
  • Coryell County, Texas, Families, 1854–1985, published 1986, by the Coryell County Genealogical Society.
  • Copperas Cove, City of Five Hills: A Centennial History, 1980, by Jerry K. Smith and Patrick D. McLaughlin.

Maps

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Military

Mexican-American War


Fort Gates originally Camp Gates, established in 1849 to protect the settlers.

Civil War

Online Records

Newspapers

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

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

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

Central Texas Genealogical Society, Inc.
c/o Waco-McLennan County Library
1717 Austin Avenue
Waco, Texas 76701
Website

Coryell County Genealogical Society
811 Main Street
Gatesville 76528

Gatesville Public Library
111 N 8th St
Gatesville, TX 76528-1461
Telephone Number: 254-865-5367
Website

Coryell County Genealogy Society
Gatesville Public Library
111 N 8th Street
Gatesville, TX 76528
Website

Copperas Cove

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

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Coryell 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).