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Denton County, Texas
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Founded April 11, 1846
County Seat Denton
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County Information


County Courthouse

Denton County Courthouse
PO Box 2187;
Denton, TX 76202
Phone: 940.349.2021

County Clerk has birth, death, and burial records from 1903,
marriage, probate, court and land records form 1876;
District Clerk has divorce records form 1876[1]

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County Clerk

P.O. Box 2187
Denton 76202
Phone: 940-349-2010
Fax: 940349-2019

District Clerk

1450 E. McKinney Ste. 1200
Denton 76200
Phone: 940-349-2200


Denton County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1875 1850 1854 1876

History

Denton County History

Parent County

1846--Denton County was created 11 April 1846 from Fannin County.

  • County seat: Denton [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1875--Courthouse and almost all county records were destroyed by fire in December 1875.

Places/Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Neighboring Counties

Collin  • Cooke  • Dallas  • Grayson • Tarrant  • Wise


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Populated Places

Argyle | Aubrey | Bartonville |Bolivar |Carrollton † |Coppell † | Copper Canyon |Corinth |Corral City |Cross Roads |Dallas † |Denton |Dish |Double Oak | Elizabethtown | Flower Mound | Fort Worth † | Frisco † | Hackberry | Haslet † | Hebron | Hickory Creek | Highland Village | Justin |Krugerville | Krum | Lake Dallas | Lakewood Village | Lewisville | Lincoln Park | Little Elm | Northlake | Oak Point | Pilot Point | Plano † | Ponder | Prosper † | Roanoke | Sanger | Shady Shores |Southlake † |The Colony |Trophy Club | Westlake

† only a small part of the city extends into Denton County.

Resources

African American

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.
Additional Cemetery Sources

Individual cemeteries:

Wiki articles;

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850641
18605,031684.9%
18707,25144.1%
188018,143150.2%
189021,28917.3%
190028,31833.0%
191031,25810.4%
192035,35513.1%
193032,822−7.2%
194033,6582.5%
195041,36522.9%
196047,43214.7%
197075,63359.5%
1980143,12689.2%
1990273,52591.1%
2000432,97658.3%
2010662,61453.0%


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

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Denton 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.

  • 1918 History and Reminiscences of Denton County, 1918 by Edward Franklin Bates (reprinted 1976)an overview of Denton County including the history of various time periods and specific aspects of the area as well as reminiscences of citizens. Read the book online from The Portal to Texas History.
  • History of Denton, Texas, from Its Beginning to 1960, 1978, by C. A. Bridges.
  • Denton County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Texas Museums List of all museums in Texas ~ Hidden Ancestors

Maps

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Military

Mexican-American War
Civil War

Online Records

Newspapers

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

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

Obituaries

Probate

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.

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

Denton County Historical Commission
110 West Hickory
Denton, TX 76201
Telephone Number: 940-349-2860

Denton County Genealogical Society
502 Oakland Street
Denton, Texas 76201
Telephone Number: 940-349-8711
Website

Denton County Historical Society
PO Box 50503
Denton 76206-0503

Denton County Genealogical Society, Inc.
POBox 424707 TWU Station
Denton, Texas 76204

  • Genealogy Society Information and Activities of Denton County, Texas
    website


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), Denton County, Texas. Page 662 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).