Eastland County, Texas Genealogy

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Guide to Eastland 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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Eastland County, Texas
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Founded February 1, 1858
County Seat Eastland
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County Information


County Courthouse

Eastland County Courthouse
PO Box 110;
Eastland, TX 76448
Phone: 254-629-1583

County Clerk has birth and death records 1903-1930 and 1940-1950, marriage records from 1874, land records from 1870, probate records from 1882 and military discharge from 1919; District Court has divorce records from 1903[1]

County Clerk

P.O. Box 110
Eastland 76448
Phone: 254-629-1583
Fax: 254-329-8125
District Clerk 100 West Main St. Suite 206
Eastland 76448
Phone: 254-629-2664

Eastland County Courthouse History

Eastland County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1873 1860 1874 1874


History

Parent County

1858--Eastland County was created 1 February 1858 from Bosque, Coryell and Travis Counties.

  • County seat: Eastland [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1896--Eastland County Courthouse, a three-story stone building, burned on November 29, 1896.  The records are believed to have been saved. [3]

Places/Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Carbon | Cisco | Desdemona | Eastland | Gorman | Kokomo | Mangum | Nimrod | Olden | Pioneer | Ranger | Rising Star | Romney | Sabanno | Scranton

Neighboring Counties

Brown  • Callahan  • Comanche  • Erath  • Palo Pinto  • Shackelford  • Stephens

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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
Linkpendium WorldCat Tombstone Project
Billion Graves (name) Cemeteries of TX
GenWeb Archives Texas Cemeteries
Billion Graves (cemetery) TX Gravestones
TXGenWeb Epodunk
Names in Stone Interment
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Sources

  • Eastland County, Texas Cemetery Inscriptions, Vol 1- 3, Compiled by Weldon I. Hudson and Shirley Brittain Cawyer, are available at the Centennial Library in Eastland, and may be on the shelves at other libraries, as well.  These books were reprinted in 2005 and may be commercially available.

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
186099
187088−11.1%
18804,8555,417.0%
189010,373113.7%
190017,97173.2%
191023,42130.3%
192058,505149.8%
193034,156−41.6%
194030,345−11.2%
195023,942−21.1%
196019,526−18.4%
197018,092−7.3%
198019,4807.7%
199018,488−5.1%
200018,297−1.0%
201018,5831.6%


Church

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death/burial date and place. For general information about Texas denominations, view the Texas Church Records wiki page.


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 Eastland 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 Eastland County, by Mrs. George Langston,  (Dallas: Aldridge, 1904). Full text version online at archive.org.
  • History of Eastland County, Texas, by Edwin T. Cox, (San Antonio: Naylor, 1950).
  • Eastland County, Texas: A Historical and Biographical Survey, by Ruby Pearl Ghormley, (Austin: Rupegy, 1969).
  • The History of Eastland County, 1873-1973.
  • History of Eastland County Written in 1922 at historictexas.net

Maps

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Military

Mexican-American War
Civil War

Online Records

World War I

Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Eastland 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

Eastland County Genealogical Society
PO Box 6
609 Marsh St
Eastland 76448
website

Ranger Historical Preservation Society
PO Box 320
Ranger 76470
website

Centennial Memorial Library
210 S Lamar St
Eastland, TX 76448
Telephone Number: 254-629-2281


Cisco Public Library
600 Ave G
Cisco, TX 76437
Telephone Number: 254-442-1020


Ranger City Library
718 Pine St
Ranger, TX 76470
Telephone Number: 254-647-1880


Charlie Garrett Memorial Library
103 S Fisher
Gorman, TX 76454
Telephone Number: 254-734-3301


  • 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

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Eastland County, Texas. Page 663 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 - Eastland, TX Courthouse Fire, Nov 1896 http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/17829/eastland-tx-courthouse-fire-nov-1896