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Gregg County, Texas
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Founded April 12, 1873
County Seat Longview
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County Information


County Courthouse

Gregg County Courthouse
101 E Methvin Street; PO Box 3049;
Longview, TX 75606-3049
Phone: 903.236.8430

County Clerk has birth, marriage, court and land records from 1873, death records from 1900 and probate records[1]


County Clerk

P.O. Box 3049
Longview 75606
Phone: 903-236-8430
Fax: 903-237-2574


District Clerk

P.O. Box 711
Longview 75606
Phone: 903-237-2663
Fax: 903-236-8474


Gregg County has had three courthouses.  The first courthouse, built in part with native sandstone from nearby Methvin Hill, was designed by F. E. Ruffini and completed in 1879.  The second courthouse was built of red brick in 1897 on the site of the 1879 courthouse.  The current courthouse was built in 1932.[2]

Gregg County Government Website

Inventory of the County Archives of Texas : Gregg County, 1940. Inventory of records housed in the Gregg County Courthouse as of 1937. Describes the records of the County Commissioners Court, County Clerk as Recorder, District Courts, County Court, Justice of the Peace Courts, Criminal District Attorney, Sheriff, Constables, Tax Assessor-Collector, Board of Equalization, County Treasurer, County Auditor, County Board of School Trustees, County School Superintendent, County Surveyor, County Health Officer, and Board of Managers of County Hospital. Digital book online from The Portal to Texas History.

Gregg County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1873 1873 1880 1873 1873

History

1838--Settlement started around 1838.

Parent County

1873--Gregg County was created 12 April 1873 from Rusk and Upshur Counties. The Texas legislature planned to call the new county Roanoke, but during passage of the legislation the name was changed to Gregg, in honor of Confederate war hero John B. Gregg.[3]

  • County seat: Longview [4]

Boundary Changes

1874-- Gregg County was extended southward to take in a portion of northern Rusk County by act of legislature, 30 Apr 1874.[5]

Record Loss

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

Places / Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Clarksville City | Easton (partly in Rusk County) | Elderville (partly in Rusk County) | Gladewater (partly in Upshur County) | Judson | Kilgore (partly in Rusk County) |Lakeport | Liberty City | Longview (partly in Harrison County) |Shiloh | Warren City (partly in Upshur County) | White Oak

Neighboring Counties

Harrison  • Rusk  • Smith  • Upshur

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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


Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18808,530
18909,40210.2%
190012,34331.3%
191014,14014.6%
192016,76718.6%
193015,778−5.9%
194058,027267.8%
195061,2585.6%
196069,43613.4%
197075,9299.4%
198099,48731.0%
1990104,9485.5%
2000111,3796.1%
2010121,7309.3%

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 Gregg 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.

Maps

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Military

Mexican-American War
Civil War

Newspapers

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

Online Death Indexes and Records

Divorce
Census Records

Societies and Libraries

Gregg County Historical and Genealogical Society
PO Box 2985
Longview 75606-2985

East Texas Genealogical Society
PO Box 6967
Tyler, TX 75711
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 Texas Archives Vital statistics, maps, obituaries, Bible records, tombstone transcriptions and many other records
  • 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), Gregg County, Texas. Page 665 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Texas Escapes: Gregg County Courthouses http://www.texasescapes.com/TOWNS/Longview/Gregg-County-Courthouse-Longview-Texas.htm#1879
  3. Handbook of Texas online: Gregg County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcg10
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Handbook of Texas Online: Gregg County http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcg10