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Houston County, Texas
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Location in the state of Texas
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Facts
Founded 12 June, 1837
County Seat Crockett
Courthouse
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Address Houston County Courthouse
PO Box 370
Crockett, TX 75835
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County Information

County Courthouse

Houston County Court House
PO Box 370;
Crockett, TX 75835
Phone:936.544.3255

County Clerk has birth, marriage, and death record from 1903,
probate court and land records from 1882; District Clerk has
divorce record from 1920; County History Commission has
burial records, family & local histories[1]

County Clerk

401 East Houston Ave, 1st Floor P.O. Box 370
Crockett 75835
Phone: 936-544-3255 ext. 240

District Clerk

P.O. Box 1186
Crockett 75835
Phone: 936-544-3255

Houston County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1882 1850 1865 1859


History

1690--San Francisco de los Tejas, the first Spanish mission in East Texas, was founded in 1690 and abandoned in 1693.

Parent County

1837--Houston County was created 12 June 1837 from Nacogdoches County.

  • County seat: Crockett [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1865, 1882 Many county records were destroyed in courthouse fires in February 1865 and November 1882.

Places / Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Crockett | Grapeland | Kennard | Latexo | Lovelady

Neighboring Counties

Anderson  • Angelina  • Cherokee  • Leon  • Madison  • Trinity  • Walker

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Resources

African American

Cemeteries

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:

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18502,721
18608,058196.1%
18708,1471.1%
188016,702105.0%
189019,36015.9%
190025,45231.5%
191029,56416.2%
192028,601−3.3%
193030,0175.0%
194031,1373.7%
195022,825−26.7%
196019,276−15.5%
197017,855−7.4%
198022,29924.9%
199021,375−4.1%
200023,1858.5%
201023,7322.4%


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 Houston 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.


  • The History of Houston County, Texas, 1943 by Armistead Albert Aldrich.
  • 1687-1979 History of Houston County, Texas, 1687–1979, 1979) by the Houston County Historical Commission.
  • Houston County in the Civil War, 1981 by Thomas Nelms Mainer.
  • The First Settlers of Houston County, Texas, 1983, by Gifford E. White.
  • Houston 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 Houston 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

Houston Polish Gen. Society
3606 Maroneal
Houston 77025

Houston Genealogical Forum
PO Box 271466
Houston 77277-1466
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

  • Houston County Archives  ~  USGenWeb Archives Project
  • 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), Houston County, Texas. Page 666 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).