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Freestone County, Texas
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Facts
Founded 1850
County Seat Fairfield, TX
Courthouse
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Address Freestone County Courthouse
PO Box 307
Fairfield, TX 75840
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County Information


County Courthouse

Freestone County Courthouse
PO Box 307
Fairfield, TX 75840
Phone: 903.389.2635

County Clerk has birth and death records
from 1903,marriage records from 1853,
land, probate, military discharge and court
records from 1851[1]

County Clerk

103 E Main
P O Box 1010
Fairfield, TX 75840
Phone: 903-389-2635

District Clerk

P.O. Box 722
Fairfield 75840
Phone: 903-389-2534


Freestone County has been home to four courthouses. The first three were constructed in 1851, 1855, 1891. The current courthouse, a 4-story brick building with classic details, was built in 1919. [2]

Freestone County Courthouse

Freestone County Government Website

Freestone County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1851 1860 1850 1851

History

1830--The first settlement of the area was about 1830.

Parent County

1850--Freestone County was created 6 September 1850 from Limestone County. The county was organized in 1851, with Mound Prairie selected as the county seat.  The name of the town was soon changed to Fairfield.[3]

  • County seat: Fairfield [4]

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

Cities: Fairfield | Teague

Towns:  Donie | Mills | Kirvin | Oakwood | Streetman (partly in Navarro County) | Wortham

Neighboring Counties

Anderson  •  • Henderson  •  • Leon  •  • Limestone  •  • Navarro

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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.
Additional Cemetery Sources

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18606,881
18708,13918.3%
188014,92183.3%
189015,9877.1%
190018,91018.3%
191020,5578.7%
192023,26413.2%
193022,589−2.9%
194021,138−6.4%
195015,696−25.7%
196012,525−20.2%
197011,116−11.2%
198014,83033.4%
199015,8186.7%
200017,86713.0%
201019,81610.9%


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.


Local Histories

Local histories are available for Freestone 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.

  • A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas, 1883. Digital book on line from the Portal to Texas History.
  • History of Freestone County, Texas, 1978, by the Freestone County Historical Commission.
  • Freestone County History from the Handbook of Texas Online.

Maps

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Military

Mexican-American War
Civil War

Newspapers

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

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

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

Freestone County Genealogical Society
PO Box 14
Fairfield, TX. 75840
website
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
  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then 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), Freestone County, Texas. Page 664 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. HistoricTexas.net: Freestone County http://www3.historictexas.net/freestone-county-texas
  3. Handbook of Texas Online: Freestone County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcf09
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).