Kimble County, Texas Genealogy

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Guide to Kimble 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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Kimble County, Texas
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Founded January 22, 1858
County Seat Junction
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County Information

County Courthouse

Kimble County Courthouse
501 Main Street Courthouse
Junction, TX 76849-4763
Phone: 915.446.3353

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1900, marriage, divorce, land and court records from 1884, probate records from early 1900’s and military records from 1915[1]

County and District Clerk

County Courthouse - 501 Main
Junction 76849
Phone: 325-446-3353

When Kimble County was organized in 1876, Kimbleville was chosen as the county seat. A year later, Junction (first called Denman, and then Junction City) became the county seat. Three courthouses have been built in Junction. The first, built in 1878, burned in 1884. The second, built in 1885, burned in 1888, but was rebuilt and used until 1929, when the third and current courthouse was built.[2]

Kimble County, Texas Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1903 1884 1870 1884 1884


History

Parent County

1858--Kimble County was created 22 January 1858 from Bexar Land District.

  • County seat: Junction [3]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

1884 -- The first Kimble County Courthouse burned on April 22, 1884. All records were destroyed. [4][5]

1888 -- The second Kimble County Courthouse burned on June 2, 1888. The inside of the building was gutted, but the walls remained standing. The courthouse was rebuilt.  Most of the records were saved. Some were damaged and had to be recopied. [6][7]

Places / Localities

Town/city records in the FamilySearch Catalog

Populated Places

Cleo | Junction - county seat | Noxville | Roosevelt

Neighboring Counties

Edwards  • Gillespie  • Kerr  • Mason  • Menard  • Schleicher  • Sutton


Schleicher CountyMedard CountyMason CountyGillespie CountyKimble CountySutton CountyEdwards CountyKerr CountyTX KIMBLE.JPG

Resources

African American

Cemeteries

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
See Texas Cemeteries for more information.

Additional Cemetery Sources

Census

Historical populations
Census Pop.
18801,343
18902,24367.0%
19002,50311.6%
19103,26130.3%
19203,5819.8%
19304,11915.0%
19405,06422.9%
19504,619−8.8%
19603,943−14.6%
19703,904−1.0%
19804,0634.1%
19904,1221.5%
20004,4688.4%


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 Kimble 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
World War I
Vietnam War

Newspapers

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

Kimble County Library
208 N 10th St
Junction, TX 76849
Telephone Number: 325-446-2342
Website

  • 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

  • Kimble County Archives  ~  USGenWeb Archives Project
  • Kimble County  ~  TXGenWeb
  • 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), Kimble County, Texas. Page 668 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Kimble County Courthouses - at historictexas.net http://www3.historictexas.net/kimble-county/kimble-county-courthouses
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  4. Junction, TX Kimble County Courthouse Fire, Apr 1884 - at gendisasters.com http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/21497/junction-tx-kimble-county-courthouse-fire-apr-1884
  5. Kimble County Courthouses - at historictexas.net http://www3.historictexas.net/kimble-county/kimble-county-courthouses
  6. Kimble County Courthouses - at historictexas.net http://www3.historictexas.net/kimble-county/kimble-county-courthouses
  7. Junction, TX Kimble County Courthouse Fire, Jun 1888 at GenDisasters.com http://www3.gendisasters.com/texas/21498/junction-tx-kimble-county-courthouse-fire-jun-1888